Music on the go

Which of our online resources do I love the best? It has to be Naxos Music Library.

Naxos Music Library from Westminster LibrariesApart from holding complete catalogues and selected recordings of over 640 record labels (such as Chandos, EMI Classics, Harmonia Mundi, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Teldec, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics), you can listen to classical music, jazz, world music, classic rock, and easy listening.

It covers a huge range of both standard and specialist repertoire, holds more than 108,359 CD-length recordings equivalent to 1,582, 955 tracks, with over 800 CD-length recordings added every month.

There are libretti and synopses for more than 700 operas, so no more sitting in a darkened theatre trying to figure out who is really a girl dressed as a boy or who stabbed who. There are over 40,000 composer and artist biographies and graded music exam playlists (ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall), perfect for students of all ages and also for their addled parents.

For someone like me who is passionate about music this is truly a wonderful way to bring together so many of my favourite things, particularly when I know it’s all been professionally sourced. No more wondering if those Wikipedia entries are really that accurate…

But there’s something else about Naxos that you might not have realised. A few years ago Naxos launched an App, so you can set up a playlist account, install the App on both iOS and Android devices and use this to access Naxos. All our public library customers can access Naxos “on the go”, I have the Naxos app on my phone, it works brilliantly, and it couldn’t be simpler to get started.

You’ll need to be a member of our libraries as your email address and password will also act as your login credentials for the Naxos Music Library mobile App.

Go to the Naxos home page from our Westminster Libraries Online Resources page and click on the Mobile app link:

Naxos title bar with link to mobile app

Follow the instructions for Public Library Card Holders and hey presto! You’re now ready to save personal playlists, and enjoy Naxos Music Library anywhere. Log in to the Naxos Music Library App today and enjoy!

[Ruth]

 

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