AUDIOBOOKS WINS TWO AWARDS AT AUDIO PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION CEREMONY IN
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,”
“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)
Cat no: NA331012
For further details, contact Nicolas Soamesat firstname.lastname@example.org.