The Naxos Music Library and three classical CD’s for summer listening

Imagine 98,760 CDs on the computer server of your audio system – the mind boggles (well, I suppose there might be someone very rich out there…). Assuming 12 hours non-stop listening each day, it would take you around 104 years before you got round to repeating a CD. However, classical music lovers have just such an option (with a bit of jazz and world music thrown in) in one of the quiet revolutions of audio delivery: the Naxos Music Library (www.naxosmusiclibrary.com). It started modestly, back in 2003, with just the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues available on-line. It has since grown to include over 640 labels, including most of the major classical music players, from Chandos to Hungariton, as they realized that here was a 21st century delivery system, and Naxos had already set up the means. The model is strictly a streaming one (no unpaid downloads), with apps available for iPhones and Android phones (though not for my Windows 8 phone). New titles are added each month at such an explosive rate that it is nearly impossible to keep up with the library’s expansion – a reminder that the world of classical music has never, in the history of … Continue reading The Naxos Music Library and three classical CD’s for summer listening