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Naxos Records

Naxos Records
Naxos Records logo.jpg
Parent companyHNH International[1]
Founded1987 (1987)
FounderKlaus Heymann
GenreClassical, jazz
Country of originHong Kong
Official websitenaxos.com

Naxos Records is a record label specializing in classical music. Through a number of imprints, Naxos also releases Chinese music, jazz, world music, and early rock and roll. The company was founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, a German-born resident of Hong Kong.[2] Since 2009 Naxos has distributed Blu-ray discs, streaming web radio, and podcasts. Naxos allows members of subscribing public libraries and music schools such as Hong Kong Public Libraries, Auckland Libraries, Wellington City Libraries, and Toronto Public Library free streaming of Naxos classical and jazz collections.

History

The company was known for its budget pricing of discs,[3] with simpler artwork and design than most other labels.[4] In the 1980s, Naxos primarily recorded central and eastern European symphony orchestras, often with lesser-known conductors, as well as upcoming and unknown musicians, to minimize recording costs and maintain its budget prices.

In more recent years, Naxos has taken advantage of the expiring copyrights of other companies' studio recordings by selling discs remastered from gramophone records. Examples include the complete recordings of opera singers such as Enrico Caruso, Amelita Galli-Curci, and Titta Ruffo and the 1934 world première performance of Howard Hanson's opera Merry Mount. Legal restrictions prevented some of these recordings from being sold in the United States. Naxos has also recorded the music of contemporary composers, including Leonardo Balada, Bechara El-Khoury, Laurent Petitgirard, and Alla Pavlova. The label has branched out into jazz, world music, and books on musical subjects. Naxos Spoken Word Library contains non-music products, such as audiobooks and radio dramas.[5]

Since the 1990s, Naxos has recorded with British and American orchestras, such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The company produces Super Audio CDs, DVD-Audio, and Blu-ray discs. In 2003 it began a paid subscription service for listening on the Internet that offers its complete catalogue and the Naxos Music Library.[6] In 2015 it launched a high-definition download and streaming service, ClassicsOnline HD•LL, with a catalogue drawn from a number of classical record labels.[7]

Business model

Naxos generally avoids repertoire duplication. Because of that, its classical repertoire has broadened to include fringe works, such as the symphonies of Nikolai Myaskovsky, contemporary classical music, and the works of lesser-known composers, such as Alexander Glazunov and Louis Spohr. It has produced a series of little-recorded works, such as the American Classics series, Canadian Classics series, Japanese classical music, Jewish-American music, wind band music, film music, and early music, many of which are première recordings.

Distribution

Naxos Global Logistics, based in Poing near Munich, was founded in 2008[8] to expand the services offered to its distributed labels, including manufacturing, marketing, and licensing.[9]

Awards

In 2005 Naxos won the Label of the Year Award[10] at Classic FM/Gramophone awards.

See also

References

  1. ^ Who is HNH? Naxos Classical
  2. ^ Anson, Philip (2 September 2002). "Naxos at 15: An Interview with Klaus Heymann". www.scena.org. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ "WQXR interview with Naxos Records founder Klaus Heymann". New York Public Radio. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  4. ^ Klaus Heymann interviewed by National Public Radio.
  5. ^ "Labels". naxos.com. Naxos. 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Heymann interviewed by Gramophone". MA Business and Leisure Ltd. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  7. ^ Everard, Andrew (6 January 2015). "Naxos launches new high-definition music streaming and download service". Gramophone. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Naxos Global Logistics on the Classical:Next website". C:N Net. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Company Profile". NGL Naxos Global Logistics GmbH. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ Jury, Louise (2005-09-29). "Conductor dropped by record label returns in triumph with Bach award". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. The label of the year award went to the bargain-priced record company Naxos, which was praised for its 'visionary zeal'.

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