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Naxos Disks

I have found a local shop which sells most of the Naxos catalogue currently available. I am aware that CDs in the Naxos catalogue vary substantially in quality. My preferred (classical) repertoire is from the late-classical through to the end of the romantic period (although I am more than willing to try some of the excellent music outside this period). I am looking for recommendations (stating both pieces played and disk numbers if possible) of excellent Naxos recordings. I know Todd has posted a number of excellent in-depth reviews on these forums. I also remember a review of several Naxos disks in a "Records2die4". However, further recommendations would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks.

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My experience differs in that I generally find Naxos CD's to be quite good in both performance and sound, albeit there are some clunkers. Are there any that you have found to be truly bad in either respect?

As you are restricting your purchase decisions to one label, I would then focus on music you like, paying attention also to performers and conductors. Given the affordability of Naxos I would also take the chance on music I don't know that fits within the genre I enjoy.

I understand that this isn't really what you are looking for, but perhaps it will give a jump start to just go buy some neat looking music.

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I am looking for recommendations (stating both pieces played and disk numbers if possible) of excellent Naxos recordings.

The inside cover of the July Gramophone (with Maria Callas on the cover) contains an ad for a set of six Naxos CDs, all of which have received Gramophone Editor's Choice awards. A great place to start. The set may not be available in the US, but the individual discs are.

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Thanks to both of you for rapid responses! That information is useful Jason - I'll check it out. If it makes any difference to recommendations, I live in the UK.

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Thanks to both of you for rapid responses! That information is useful Jason - I'll check it out. If it makes any difference to recommendations, I live in the UK.

Well, there you have it. However, I goofed. The ad for the limited edition Naxos 20th Anniversary Box is on the inside cover of the July issue, the one with la Callas on the cover. All discs received Gramophone Record of the Month. They are Elgar Symphony No. 3, Bliss A Colour Symphony, Bernstein Chichester Psalms (really fine), Barber Knoxville: of Summer (with Karina Gauvin), Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, and Mussorgsk/Stokowski Pictures at you know where (perhaps still available on hybrid SACD).

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Thanks, Jason!

I'd love to have a good recording of the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, a difficult piece and tough to perform well.

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Elk, the only recording I have of the Chichester Psalms (a good one, I think) is part of an old DG vinyl set which includes his three symphonies as well. Bernstein conducts the Israel Philharmonic with the Vienna Boys Choir. I think it was released on CD as well, but I can't speak for that one either in terms of quality or availability.

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Yes. If I remember correctly, this is one he made later in his life. The other Bernstein version is with the New York Phil - which I find to have more energy, although the sound is not all that good. (Boy, I hope I have identified these correctly as it has been a while).

I'm hoping for a recording that has everything; passion, energy, beautiful - and great sound.

Thanks for making me think this through.

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Quote>>"...I'm hoping for a recording that has everything; passion, energy, beautiful - and great sound. "

Aren't we all!!

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I should be speaking with Klaus Heymann soon for an article that will be posted on the home page.

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If you enjoy the "high classical" style of Haydn and Mozart, two obscure-but-wonderful composers to check out are Antonio Rosetti and Leopold Hoffman. Naxos has several releases of both--check their composer index.

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