NAXOS WINS LABEL OF THE YEAR AWARD AT
CLASSIC FM/GRAMOPHONE AWARDS
"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!"
"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?" -
On Thursday 29 September Naxos was delighted to accept
the coveted Label of the Year Award at The Classic FM/Gramophone
Awards ceremony. The Award was presented to the Managing
Director of Naxos UK, Anthony Anderson, at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
On receiving the Award Anthony Anderson said: “This Award is, above
all, a welcome recognition of Naxos’ unique achievement in facilitating
consumer access to an ever-increasing range of classical repertoire.”
The Classic FM/Gramophone Label of the Year Award recognizes outstanding
achievement in the past 12 months, imaginative A & R and an impressive
commitment to expanding the record catalogue. It also acknowledges a dedication
to offering value for money and a visionary approach to digital distribution
and music education.
It is not difficult to see why the judges on the Classic FM/Gramophone
panel chose Naxos for this cherished award. Not only is Naxos highly committed
to British and American music but it has developed several series that
push back the boundaries of the recorded catalogue. Such series include
the 21st Century Classics, bringing music of our day
to a wider public; the Japanese Classics - a ground-breaking survey
of foremost 20th century composers from Japan; an 18th
Century Concert/Symphony series seeking to make known many of the
neglected gems from the time of Haydn to Mozart as well as the Organ
Encyclopedia which combines the best of today’s organists with the
main organ repertoire and top instruments. This astonishing array of
repertoire remains readily accessible to the public through Naxos’ consumer-friendly
James Jolly, editor of The Gramophone, saluted Naxos and its “visionary
“Few record companies have redefined the experience of buying CDs as
dramatically as Naxos. In the company's 18-year history, it has united
countless people with a quite staggering breadth of music. This year was
a particularly rich one for Naxos garnering more Editor's Choices than
ever before and filling in corners of the repertoire that other companies
leave untouched. Its electronic and online presence with Naxos Web Radio
and the Naxos Music Library show that the label's visionary zeal remains
as acute as ever. Naxos has won many friends among music lovers down the
years and The Gramophone is delighted to add itself to list of
the company's many admirers.”
Naxos’ forward-looking approach to digital distribution has meant
it has remained at the forefront of the digital revolution. Being the
first classical record label to digitise its complete catalogue, the label
was not only ready for the advent of digital distribution but was also
able to create the Naxos Music Library, a subscription service
by which users can stream an enormous range of music on their computer.
The Naxos Music Library now encompasses over 100,000 tracks drawn not
only from the Naxos catalogue but also from other leading independent
labels. It is primarily aimed at educational institutions and so
far subscriptions have been sold to over 100 universities, schools and
libraries throughout the UK. These institutions include Oxford,
Cambridge and Durham Universities plus schools both from the independent
and state sectors (Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Yehudi Menuhin, Purcell).
Naxos Web Radio - which can be found on the website www.naxosradio.com
- is another example of Naxos’ creative approach to digital distribution.
It offers over 60 channels of continuous music which can be streamed to
the consumer for a small annual subscription fee. Naxos recordings can
also readily be found on the main music download sites. In the UK these
already include iTunes, Napster, HMV and Virgin with more to follow in
the months to come.
From the outset Naxos has been dedicated to music education. The
Chairman of Naxos, Klaus Heymann, recognised the importance of introducing
new people to classical music and thus building the audience of tomorrow.
Recent educational initiatives have included The A to Z of Classical Music
and A to Z of Opera (mini musical dictionaries + 2CDs); the Life and Works
series (4CD audio documentaries narration + music); the Instruments of
the Orchestra (a 7CD introduction to the orchestra) and Opera Explained
(a series of single CDs which put the most famous operas into their historical
and musical context).