Naxos Earns Accolades for 2002 Releases
Readers, Critics Give Naxos Honours
The first two months of 2003 have seen an outpouring of acclaim for the fruitful year that Naxos had in 2002, with surveys of music industry professionals and classical music lovers delivering high praise for the independent label.
At the MIDEM international music convention in January 2003, Naxos was awarded a Cannes Classical Award-Chamber/Solo Instrumental 20th Century for the BAX: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Naxos 8.555282), performed by the Maggini String Quartet. The Cannes Classical Awards, established nine years ago, are voted upon by a jury of hundreds of critics from seven countries: Hungary, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the United States. The goal of the Cannes Classical Awards is to recognize superior classical recordings in an international forum, establishing that truly great classical music transcends preferences dictated by culture. The Bax release is one of several in a series of British music recorded by the Maggini Quartet for Naxos. The quartet is particularly delighted with the award for this recording, as it reaffirms their commitment to Bax's chamber music in 2003, the 50th Anniversary of Bax's death.
Classical music fans in Japan voted Naxos their second favourite classical label of 2002 in the Record Geijutsu 2002 Readers' Choice Awards. Record Geijutsu, one of Japan's leading classical music magazines, asks dedicated classical music enthusiasts to pick their favourite developments in the music industry. In addition to the award for the Naxos label as a whole, Naxos releases garnered first and third places in the Favourite Contemporary Music Recordings category, for recordings of Yashiro's Piano Concerto and Symphony (Naxos 8.555351) and Finzi's Cello Concerto (Naxos 8.555766), respectively. Additionally, three Naxos recordings appeared in the "Favourite Classical CDs" category, one in "Favourite Recordings of a Symphony," and two in "Favourite Orchestral Recordings (not of a Symphony)". For more information, go to http://www.ongakunotomo.co.jp/ (site in Japanese).
In the February issue of NMZ Neue Musikzeitung (www.nmz.de), critics from the German music magazine counted three Naxos releases in their Critics' Choices for 2002. Elgar's Sketches for Symphony No.3 (DVD-A, Naxos 5.110003) captured a mention in the Orchestral category, and two CDs of Boccherini's String Quartets (Naxos 8.555042/8.555043) were choices in the Chamber Music category. Additionaly, Naxos American Classics, Japanese Classics, and Spanish Classics were noted as highlights of label Repertoire Policies, as well as the Naxos Historical Great Violinists series and the Naxos Historical label as a whole.
Earlier this year, Naxos received two Grammy nominations in the U.S. James Buswell was nominated for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra for the Barber Violin Concerto (Naxos 8.559044, and engineer John Newton's work on Chadwick's symphonic poems (Naxos 8.559117) was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical.