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Naxos in a Nutshell

Naxos CDs:
  • Are state-of-the-art recordings, new, all digital. Not old reissues.
  • Are critically-acclaimed, with over 650 top 3-star recommendations and over 20 Rosette titles in the Penguin Guide, more than 60 Gramophone Editor's Choices and several Gramophone Magazine Awards.
  • Offer a choice of over 2500 titles, with 15 new titles every month.
  • Represent the best value in classical music.

What's the catch?

There isn't one.

  • We don't release endless version of the same work.
  • We don't waste money on expensive promotion of 'crossover' titles.
  • We don't spend money on elaborate sleeve designs. Our CDs are simple and clear.
  • We concentrate on the best music, not on personalities.
  • Finally, we sell a lot of CDs. Naxos is the leading classical music label in the world, with a growing market share in many countries. A list of Naxos's estimated market shares today in select territories is: UK (15%), Finland (40%), Sweden (50%), Norway (50%), Denmark (30%), Canada (25%), Greece (45%), South Africa (45%), Spain (20%) and Germany (20%). In the United States, Soundscan lists Naxos as the leading independent classical music label. By controlling our costs and selling so many CDs we are able to maintain our low price whilst offering the finest quality.

What the Critics say

FACT: Naxos recordings have over 650 top 3-star recommendations in the Penguin Guide and have been awarded more than 65 Gramophone Editor's Choices. In 1999, Naxos won its first Gramophone Award.


"Naxos has become without doubt the world's favourite classical label. ...In the history of the gramophone, no company has more thoroughly overturned the classical record business. ...It has built its reputation on value and reliability."
 - BBC Music Magazine

"Naxos has combined imaginative A&R with its philosophy of offering great music at affordable prices. Which all makes for a winning combination - classical music enthusiasts can't really go wrong!"
 - Gramophone

"It's all happening on Naxos, the voracious budget label that dispatches repertory by the trunkload."
 - The New York Times

"The most significant record industry development of the nineties [was] the landslide success of the budget-priced Naxos label."
 - BBC Music Magazine

"Why pay £15 for a classical CD when you can get a better one for a third of the cost from the budget label Naxos?"
 - The Guardian

"The economy may be down, but thanks to the pioneering, wallet-friendly Naxos label, for those interested in exploring the vast wealth of American music these are bounteous times indeed."
 - Sun-Sentinel

"Music lovers now need invest only $5 to $7 to hear extravagant musical personalities whom they've only read about."
 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"As the crew of the HMS Pinafore might have shouted, let's hear three cheers and one cheer more for Naxos, the label primarily responsible these days for releasing historic operatic recordings at a bargain price."
 - The Toronto Star

"The great salvation for classical recording continues to lie with the smaller independent labels. ...Enterprising indies such as Naxos continue to put out records that justify themselves artistically."
 - Chicago Tribune

"Naxos continues to boast the most impressive - some might say overwhelming - release schedule of any recording company. ...Soundscan rates [Naxos] as the country's No. 1 independent classical distributor and label."
 - Billboard

"I have a shopping basket full of Naxos recordings to recommend for this "Records to Die for" issue. Two recommendations? Nah. How about 24!"
 - Stereophile

"Naxos, with some fine recordings at amazingly low prices, ate the major [label's] collective lunch and reportedly still makes buckets of money. The classical music recording industry is not dead or even comatose, it's evolving."
 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Naxos Nostalgia, Naxos Jazz Legends, Naxos AudioBooks and Naxos World testify to the continuing vibrance of one of the great success stories of the CD era."
 - BBC Music Magazine

"The Internet also is a boon to the feisty independent classical labels that have started up as the conglomerates have retrenched. If you're worried that the genre is dying, check out the online catalogs of such outfits such as...Naxos."
 - Business Week on-line

"Naxos is simply the most exciting thing happening in classical music today."

"Just as Pavlov taught his dogs to salivate at the ring of a bell, Klaus Heymann has perfected the trick of causing classical-record collectors to drool over the monthly release schedules of his Naxos label."

"With a catalogue of 80 releases from George Meredith Willson...and more than 100 projected titles to come, American Classics is the most ambitious documentation in sound of American classical music ever undertaken."
 - Symphony Magazine





About Naxos
The Naxos Story
  Klaus Heymann
The First Recordings
The Birth of Naxos
The Naxos Secret
The Philosophy of Naxos
Naxos in a Nutshell
Interview with Klaus Heymann
Frequently asked Questions
and Answers
Naxos Digital &
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