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The Story of Naxos: The Soundtrack
It is a considerable challenge to justify the title The Story of Naxos: The Soundtrack with just thirty-seven tracks! After all, we cannot pretend that these total the principal jewels from the thousands of CDs in the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues covering twenty-five years of active recording (probably the busiest recording programme of any classical label since it all began a century ago). Such a task would be truly impossible. But each of these tracks pinpoints a story about the music or about the musicians who have made Naxos what it is today: the single most comprehensive survey of recorded classical music available.
Some of these recordings date back to the beginning of the label; some are more recent. They cover almost every genre. A glance at the nationality of the composers and performers indicates the remarkable international breadth – which of course reflects how classical music (by which we mean mainly Western classical music) has become a cultural lingua franca. This is particularly appropriate for a label that famously began in Hong Kong, where it retains its headquarters whilst now having centres throughout the world.
I hope that you will enjoy this soundtrack, and that it will lead you on to look more closely at the music on Naxos and Marco Polo.
– Nicolas Soames, author of The Story of Naxos
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