Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online offering over 1,078,600 tracks (As of August 9, 2012) of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Naxos Music Library is an entertaining, educational resource, which offers the best selection of studied music on the web. Through a sophisticated online search engine, users select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created for educational use or for hours of continuous enjoyment. Composer biographies, CD liner notes, and work analyses are just a few of the text resources available to users while streaming music from the NML. Naxos's new releases (around 200 CDs annually) are continually added, ensuring an impressive selection in both quality and musical breadth.

K-12 resources include hundreds of curriculum suggestions based on MENC educational standards, an interactive junior section, and much more. This resource also includes study guides for the Leaving and Junior certificate music courses. Collegiate students will find composer biographies, glossary of musical terms, work analyses, CD liner notes, and many other useful text resources. Playlists can be created by students and professors alike for private use or to facilitate in-classroom discussion. Students and professors have access to the Naxos Music Library both on and off campus. Multiple users can listen to the same tracks at the same time as opposed to waiting for the library copy to be returned. In the classroom, teachers can choose from a great selection of music to play without having to find or purchase CDs.


  • Complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 400 independent labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Haenssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Vanguard Classics and Virgin Classics
  • Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, Nostalgia music
  • Wide range of standard and specialist repertoire
  • More than 74,930 CD-length recordings equivalent to 1,078,600 tracks uploaded, with addition of over 1,000 CD-length recordings every month
  • Music notes, cover artwork, tracklist, instrumentation and publisher information
  • Libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas
  • More than 40,000 composer and artist biographies
  • Pronunciation guide for composer and artist names
  • Glossary, guide to musical terms and work analyses
  • Interactive music courses for Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, UK and USA
  • Graded music-exam playlists (ABRSM, Trinity/Guildhall)
  • Junior section
  • Regular podcasts


  • Multiple simultaneous access
  • Search by composer and works
  • Easy-to-use keyword search 
  • Advanced search enables search by 10 different categories, including playing time, year of composition, label, instrument and category 
  • Professor playlists for different assignments and courses
  • Individual subscribers or students of subscribing institutions can create their own playlists
  • Dedicated sub-domain and different levels of access for institutional subscribers, access by IP-authentication, referring URLs or passwords
  • Standard sound quality and premium sound quality flash streams
  • Online statistics and sophisticated functions for administrators of institutions
  • Simple set up without having to install special software
  • Static URLs to works and tracks can be placed in teaching resources or sent by email
  • Access with computers or mobile devices from anywhere, anytime, in-campus or remote access


Naxos Music Library is currently available at a number of Irish libraries and educational institutions.


For more information and pricing details please contact your agent in Ireland Iain WIllis:


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