Lebrecht is right - Naxos is not in same league
Thought-provoking email about the Naxos v Lebrecht case:
'Lebrecht is right in so far, as Naxos product is not in the league of a fine opera recording of the 60 to 80s with top cast, recorded by DECCA or even DG, Philips or EMI. Their product will still sell in 50 years, whereas Naxos product does not have this unique quality, neither sonically nor artistically. A recording with a top approved cast with a conductor like Karajan (above) is still a seller today, even if recorded "only" in Stereo. The 5.1 surround sound format is no quality asset, for classical music this is not the decisive feature. That is the great difference to Naxos or other label products.
Sincerely, L. Ruschin'
Now read another reader suggesting that Naxos dumbs-down production standards.
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