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What are your thoughts on the Naxos label. Most of my CDs are from Naxos actually and I am not ashamed to say I totally love Naxos. Some of their earlier stuff was pretty bad but they have replaced the bad stuff through the years, like most of the standard Baroque recordings. Most of the classical-era stuff was very good when they originally recorded it and needs not to be replaced; works like Haydn't String Quartets, Haydn't Symphonies, Mozart's Symphonies and Piano Concertos. The romantic works have almost all been replaced at least once with superior recordings (Brahms' symphonies, Dvorák's symphonies, etc) through the years. I am very interested in your thoughts on the whole Naxos history.
 

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Most of my collection is made up DG, I still consider myself new to classical and I consider DG an excellent novice-friendly label that's pretty trustworthy. I only have a handful of Naxos label recordings but they're pretty good. Therefore, I can only give you an answer similar to what Kramer told Elaine in that Seinfeld episode, "The Frogger" - "Sotheby's. Yeah. They make good cake." Just substitute Sotheby's with Naxos and Cake with CDs. :)
 

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I have a lot of very serviceable Naxos recordings - a lot of chamber music and solo piano. I have come to trust that a modern Naxos recording will feature at least a very good performance and the recording and production will be excellent. I remember thinking when the label first started to appear in the UK - this can't be any good at £5 a disc. I was completely wrong.

They are particularly good for more out-of-the-way repertoire - obscure British chamber music, for example.

Naxos have signed up some excellent performers along the way - special mentions for the Maggini and Escher Quartets and the ubiquitous Prof. Jenő Jandó.

So yes, I agree with you, DrMuller - three cheers for Naxos.
 

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I have some of Naxos albums. No complaints from me, they're a great price and have great performances. There are some that aren't really that high up there, i.e. Jeno Jando's Hammerklavier. Very clear, but I've heard interpretations that I prefer over it.

I'm very happy with their CD's of Medtner's chamber music. The concertos, not as much.
 

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No complaints. I picked up a Naxos cd the other day:

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A very good version, almost on par with my 'go to' version of the Quintet (which is Cohen and the Amadeus Quartet by the way).

The thing is, some of these Naxos cds retail second hand for £0.24 and prices like that on Amazon Marketplace. It is a great way to build a collection. You have to wonder though how these sellers make a profit?
 
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I think it is a very good label. There are several areas where it excels. Their collection of Haydn's religious choral works is excellent - the masses are excellent. The Naxos release of Haydn's Creation, conducted by Spering, is my favorite. The Kodaly Quartet's Haydn quartets are also very good - not the best available, but I have no complaints.

As some have already said, they are excellent for less well known works. I have Marin Alsop's complete collection of Barber's orchestral works on Naxos, and love them. And while I don't have them, mainly because they are not my favorite symphonies, Alsop's Brahms symphony cycle on Naxos received high praise.

Another standout recording of Mozart's Divertimento.

I have also really enjoyed the Higginbotham recording of Handel's Messiah, and lately it is the one I preferentially reach for.

I might look a little bit harder at the reviews than I would for other labels, like BIS, and Harmonia Mundi, and Alia Vox, and Supraphon, but I have had very good experiences with Naxos recordings.
 

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I have a ton of Naxos recordings. Their Bruckner white box is what hooked me into the composer, and I still think it's a very good set. And their American composers series is a gift to America.

I just wish they'd make up their mind on Sibelius. I already have two of their complete box sets by two different conductors, and I think there's yet another one out now.
 

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I have some of Naxos albums. No complaints from me, they're a great price and have great performances. There are some that aren't really that high up there, i.e. Jeno Jando's Hammerklavier. Very clear, but I've heard interpretations that I prefer over it.
Right. One needs to be a little picky when it comes to Naxos and solo piano works. Jando isn't much in Beethoven, but he's at or close to top-rate in Liszt's music.
 

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I rather like Jando's Beethoven. I feel I am hearing the music rather than an interpretation by a great artist. Sometimes it's more important to me that the performer remains as transparent as possible, and Jando is very good at this.

As for Naxos (or Marco Polo) overall, I love the label. Some of their large orchestral performances are a little lack luster, but the exact same can be said of some DG or any of the other bigger labels.

I'm starting to appreciate the other bargain label, CPO, a bit more if only because their album cover designs are nicer. That may not seem important but it does effect how I respond to the music within.
 

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Most of my collection is DG and EMI (now called Warner?), with a rapidly increasing component of Decca (absorbed Philips some time ago) and Sony. These labels offer a vast selection of affordable "novice-friendly" recordings of the highest calibre.

I used to be prejudiced against Naxos--out of ignorance. The majority of the performers were unknown to me. As my collection has grown and I have needed to dig deeper to acquire coveted pieces of music, I have increasingly had to consider Naxos. While I mostly resort to them only when another recording is not available or not available at a reasonable price, I have gotten quite a number of fine recordings on the label and I would not hesitate to consider getting more.
 

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I rather like Jando's Beethoven. I feel I am hearing the music rather than an interpretation by a great artist. Sometimes it's more important to me that the performer remains as transparent as possible, and Jando is very good at this.
Jando's Naxos cycle was the first one I could afford, disc by $5.99 disc. I'm not big on his performances because they're a bit too "objective" for me. But he certainly plays them beautifully on his own terms.

The entire Jando cycle is available from Naxos as a download for six bucks. Things was different when I were a kid, I tell ye!

http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Box-S...id=1409106144&sr=1-1&keywords=beethoven+jando
 

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Naxos is certainly well represented on my shelves. Years ago, I thought some of their recordings were not as good as the major labels at the time. But they've improved tremendously, and I'm grateful to them for providing me with many recordings of works that I otherwise would not have been able to hear. Today, I find many of their recordings on a par with some of the best labels.
 
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