Classic Manoeuvre – Naxos Now Rivals the Big Guns in Quality

March 22, 2009

Once set aside by retailers as cheap music, the Naxos label now rivals the big guns in quality, writes Sam Olluver

This year’s GRAMMYs may be long gone but Klaus Heymann, chairman of the Naxos group of companies, is still buzzing with excitement. At last month’s awards ceremony, his classical music label won in three of the 11 categories it contested.

It’s not the label’s first scoop—it has won seven previous awards—but it is significant as the only Asian company to share in the honours and for beating more established rivals to clinch the awards for best classical contemporary composition, best classical vocal performance and best chamber music performance.

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