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The Story of Classical Music, the 4-CD Naxos AudioBook read by leading American conductor Marin Alsop and written by Darren Henley won two awards at The Audies, the annual spoken word awards presented by the Audiobook Publishers Association in New York on 3 June 2005.

It won the awards for Original Work and Achievement in Production, an unusual double to be won by a junior title.  In addition, the highly acclaimed unabridged recording of Joyce’s Ulysses read by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan was a finalist for Audie of the Year.

Nicolas Soames, founder and MD of the label, was particularly pleased with the two awards. “Classical music is our home ground,” he commented.  “Naxos feels that classical music education should begin early—so many studies have shown that children benefit from listening to music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach and many others,” said Soames.

The Story of Classical Music was written and produced to introduce classical music from Gregorian Chant to the present day in a lively and unstuffy way.”

Swapping the concert platform for the voice studio, Marin Alsop recorded the story of many Western composers and their music; and more than 60 excerpts of music were folded into the program to keep the whole presentation active and entertaining.  Fun sound effects also heightened the experience. It was this combination that caught the ear of the judges.

In addition, Naxos AudioBooks introduced an imaginative CD-ROM element, demonstrating instruments of the orchestra and even teaching kids to learn to read music in an interactive way.

“This award validates the fundamental Naxos purpose of championing classical music,” said Soames who announced that Marin Alsop had just recorded another audiobook program for release in October—Famous Composers, written also by Darren Henley, managing director of the UK radio station Classic FM.


The Story of Classical Music

4 CDs:
$19.98 (29.95 CAN)

ISBN: 9626343109

Cat no: NA331012


For further details, contact Nicolas Soamesat


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