Naxos Launches Naxos Video Library

New Streaming Video Service Launches With More Than 250 Full-Length Videos of Concerts, Operas, Ballets, and Documentaries

On February 1, 2010, Naxos--one of the world's leading classical music labels and an industry leader in streaming audio and music education--launches Naxos Video Library, a new and unique streaming subscription music service.

The Naxos Video Library (www.NaxosVideoLibrary.com) kicks off with more than 250 full-length videos of concerts, operas, ballets, and documentaries from prestigious performing arts labels such as Arthaus Musik, Dacapo, Dynamic, EuroArts, Ondine, Opus Arte, Medici Arts, Naxos, and TDK. Featuring performances from legendary artists including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Argerich, Gerald Finley and many more, videos are available to stream at 700 kbps (standard quality) and 2 mbps (high quality), and the service is compatible with both PC and Mac computers. Within three months, NVL expects to make approximately 500 titles available to stream.

A separate, yet complementary service to the company's existing suite of library music services, Naxos Video Library includes the following special features:

    * Ability to stream videos in standard and high resolutions;
    * Create custom clips, which can be edited and added to individual playlists;
    * Access to pre-defined video chapters, as well as individual arias and scene breaks;
    * Subtitles in up to five languages;
    * The ability to follow along with scrolling libretto text
    * Advanced search functionality, including the ability to search by category, role, composer, artist, production, personnel, work venue or festival.

In 2004, Naxos launched Naxos Music Library, which has become the industry standard in streaming audio music education, with more than 562,000 tracks of music. In addition to the Naxos Music Library, Naxos also offers the Naxos Music Library Jazz database, Naxos Spoken Word Library, an audiobook resource, and the NML Sheet Music, a downloadable sheet music database. All of these services firmly support Naxos' commitment to Music Education.

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John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio

About the Author

Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.

Mission Statement

It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job.

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