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Now available - The Naxos 2020 Catalogue (Digital only)
The sheer size of the 2020 catalogue requires it to be divided into three sections for convenient reading. Part 1 includes the Naxos label only, while Part 2 and Part 3 have the catalogues of the affiliated labels in the Naxos Music Group.
Naxos – A World of Classical Music
Naxos was founded in 1987 and has developed from being known primarily as a budget label focusing on standard repertoire into a virtual encyclopaedia of classical music with a catalogue of unparalleled depth and breadth. Innovative strategies for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled the Naxos label to develop one of the largest and fastest-growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire. Over 10,000 titles are currently available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of-the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. Naxos works with artists of the highest calibre and its recordings have been recognised with numerous GRAMMY awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards and many other international honours.
The company has also transformed into a global enterprise that owns, administers and/or distributes a large number of other independent record labels. Some of these labels are listed in this catalogue.
The Naxos name is synonymous not only with classical music recordings, but also with other products and services, from DVDs to books, e-books, audio books, apps and musical scores, as well as a wide range of online resources and services, for both general and professional consumption.
With its suite of subscription streaming platforms, Naxos continues as a leader and innovator, particularly in the area of education. Launched in 2002, NaxosMusicLibrary.com is used by thousands of educational institutions around the world. With over 145,000 albums from hundreds of labels andmore than 1,100 albums being added every month, it has become the listening source of choice for generations of students and professional musicians as they explore classical music. Together with the Naxos Video, Jazz, World Music and Spoken Word libraries, our online resources have had a great impact in developing future audiences for these genres.
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The Naxos label’s 2019/2020 musical milestones
The Naxos label is famous for its many projects to record either a composer's complete oeuvre, or complete cycles of works from within that output. Cycles completed in 2019 include Delitiae Musicae's edition of Monteverdi's complete madrigals, Leopold Hofmann's flute concertos, and the guitar music of Agustín Barrios Mangoré.
Ongoing projects include Jun Märkl's recordings of Saint-Saëns' orchestral works and Leonard Slatkin's edition of Ravel's orchestral works; our Liszt complete piano music edition (now at Vol. 53); Domenico Scarlatti's complete keyboard sonatas, which now has 22 volumes completed; Music from The Guerra Manuscript, which has reached its fifth and penultimate volume; Keith Brion's edition of Sousa's works for wind band, with 19 of the 23 volumes already released; and Hans Pfitzner's complete Lieder has reached Vol. 3. Also ongoing is our edition of Ferdinand Ries' complete works for cello, performed by Martin Rummel; Beethoven's works for flute, featuring Kazunori Seo; and a re-issue of the orchestral works of Joseph Marx.
We began a number of new projects in 2019, including The Music of Brazil, a project established in collaboration with the Brazilian government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will involve 30 CDs of some 100 works, many in new editions or in first recordings. Leif Segerstam opened his survey of Beethoven's choral music; we released the first volume of Wolfgang Rihm’s violin concertos, featuring Tianwa Yang, who is widely recognised as the reference artist for Rihm’s violin music; and we welcomed new collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra.
We continued to add some truly outstanding releases throughout the year. Among the highlights was a programme of orchestral works by Kenneth Fuchs, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, that won the GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Compendium. And there were two recipients of International Classical Music Awards: Leif Segerstam's box set of of Sibelius' Incidental Music won in the Best Collection category, and The Tenors of the 78 Era was named Best Video Documentary.
We added over 200 new audio and audiovisual releases to the catalogue, more than 60 of which featured world premiere recordings. These included orchestral works by Jonathan Leshnoff, featuring the Violins of Hope (‘ ... a superb account.’ Classical Lost and Found); Florence Beatrice Price's Symphony No. 4 (‘ ... a release that brings many riches.’ Fanfare); Ahmet Adnan Saygun's Violin Partita (‘ ... exceptionally intriguing music performed at the highest level of virtuosity.’ Fanfare); and Joseph Marx's Castelli Romani (‘ ... a sure-fire hit.’ MusicWeb International).
Our leading Naxos artists again featured on a number of acclaimed new recordings. Highlights included Tianwa Yang's second volume of Wolfgang Rihm's works for orchestra and solo violin (‘ ... Yang is formidable.’ American Record Guide); Darrel Ang's programme of orchestral works by Vincent d'Indy (‘ ... vividly expressive.’ Gramophone); Brahms' Double Concerto with soloists Tianwa Yang and Gabriel Schwabe, conducted by Antoni Wit (‘ ... Wit knows how to masterfully embed this wonderful playing into the orchestral sound.’ Pizzicato); Boris Giltburg added to his previous successful releases of Rachmaninov's piano music with a recording of the 24 Preludes (‘ ... Giltburg's set is my first choice now.’ MusicWeb International); and Marin Alsop's audiovisual recording of works for children, appearing as both conductor and narrator, confirmed her as one of the world’s most inspirational musical communicators.
Opera lovers were treated to audio recordings that included Franco Faccio's Amleto and Rossini's Eduardo e Cristina, while our rapidly expanding catalogue of audiovisual productions included Weber's Der Freischütz (‘ ... a clear choice for Der Freischütz on film.’ MusicWeb International); Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane (‘ ... intoxicating, a whirlwind that irresistibly draws in listeners.’ www.klassik.com); and Chabrier's L'Étoile (‘ ... superlative musicianship and stagecraft.’ MusicWeb International).
Our world-beating American Classics series grew with 17 new entries. Notable among them were Derek Bermel's Migration Series (‘ ... well-balanced, rhythmically astute and altogether convincing.’ infodad.com); Leonard Slatkin's recording of Copland's ballet music (‘ ... played with terrific swagger by Slatkin’s Detroit forces.’ BBC Music Magazine); Ian Krouse's Armenian Requiem (‘ ... a work that still has me reeling after listening to it three times.’ American Record Guide); and a programme of concertos by David Gompper (‘ ... expressive, rich, beautifully made music.’ Fanfare)
There were some 290 new recordings by our affiliated labels, many of which were recognised with prestigious awards. On the Orfeo label, for example, Franz Welser-Möst's recording of orchestral works by Gottfried von Einem was voted Best Symphonic Recording (20th century) in the 2019 OPUS Klassik Awards. In the ICMA's 2019 Awards, Ondine won the Concerto category with Christian Tetzlaff's recording of Bartók's two violin concertos; and Oehms Classics won the Symphonic Music category with a programme of works by Sibelius and Grieg. Opus Arte's audiovisual recording of Brett Dean's opera Hamlet was named Best Contemporary Recording in the 2019 Gramophone Awards.
The Naxos label offers something for everyone, newcomers and collectors alike. Whether you are an early music fan, guitar enthusiast, opera buff or connoisseur of historical performances, you will find a host of new discoveries that will both surprise and delight.
News from our digital services
Our educational platforms – the Naxos Music Library (now significantly redesigned and augmented as the latest milestone in the platform’s noted history), the Naxos Music Library Jazz, the Naxos Music Library World, the Naxos Video Library and the Naxos Spoken Word Library – all continue to develop and provide access to an incredible wealth of music, spoken word content, data and other musical composition information. Updates of iOS apps have been developed for all four audio streaming platforms, and the same improvement for Android devices is underway. In 2019, over 100 labels joined our various libraries, enhancing the already rich content of these valuable resources. The breadth of recordings available is simply incomparable.
The Naxos Spoken Word Library continues to grow with new features, publishers and other enhancements, both online and offline.
The Naxos Works Database also experienced significant growth, following continued collaboration with leading music publishers and music information centres, and now offers almost 126,000 works from nearly 6,500 composers.
For those who prefer to listen to and explore classical music through streaming, Naxos and its affiliated labels are present on all major platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and Unlimited, You Tube Music, Idagio, Qobuz and many regional platforms.
All this, together with the development of a range of apps and e-books, demonstrates the Naxos commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world.
For more information on Naxos’ products and services, please visit www.naxosmusicgroup.com
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