this has to be the coolest find since i first stumbled across the original (now defunct) bjork remix web. andy told me about this yesterday: if you have a library card at the BPL you can go here and login and then access -every naxos recording-. how frickin' awesome is this??!?!?! for those who don't know, naxos is a relatively new classical record label that has evolutionized the classical music industry by selling all their top-notch records at $7 a CD and surprising everyone by regularly outselling every other classical record label. their m.o. is to generally use less famous but still extremely worthy artists (and there are def. some exceptions, like sumi jo in rossini's tancredi), and they've also put out a host of vital historic recordings, world music, contemporary, and historic pop music (inc. the likes of doris day) as well as lots of opera and ballet DVDs. right now i'm listening to a recording i've been meaning to get just b/c it seems so bizarre, of dame edna narrating peter and the wolf. HAHAHAHA. too bad i just bought 2 naxos CDs recently (britten auden song cycle and a random collection of baritone arias). i'm totally going to be listening to their britten song cycles CDs for like the next year.


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