<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by serge urtizberea:<BR><B>Call me elitist, but I can't bear to purchase any music not of a major label. I find on the whole the performance and rechnical qualities are unsurpassed on discs by Sony Classical, DG, or Philips. I also consider the packaging that comes with a disc as much an indicator of the quality of the content as anything. Any other cd out there has clever, curious, or colorful art design, and I demand no less from the classical music I intend to hold onto. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I'm afraid, by definition, Serge, that you are elitist! What exactly is wrong with Naxos' covers? - they look fine to me, although I admit that I probably don't have your artistic eye. Surely, it's the music that counts, not the packaging; as long as there are adequate accompanying notes, then, frankly, I'd rather buy 3 cheaper-labelled CDs, than 1 by one of the big guns. Who's to say that greater spending means greater quality, anyway? As Reedman says, Mozart's piano concertos (for example) on Naxos are first-rate. So is their complete Chopin set, by Idil Biret. I presume that when you mention Sony, Philips, etc., you are referring to their new recordings, because I think that many of their re-mastered old recordings are simply not up to the mark. DDD nearly always beats AAD, hands down!<P>PS. Not that I needed a response, but did you get my e-mail a month back (just curious)?