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Naxos Number One in PPL’s ‘The People’s Classical Chart’

June 12, 2010

It was announced by the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) Wednesday 9 June that Naxos has been awarded the number one slot in The People’s Classical Chart for the most played classical track in 2009.

The chart is compiled uniquely from PPL public performance data and radio airplay and was given to Naxos for its recording of Debussy’s Clair De Lune with the CSR Symphony Orchestra Bratislava and conductor Keith Clark.

French Festival
Music by Emmanuel Chabrier, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Benjamin Godard, Jacques Offenbach, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns & Erik Satie
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Keith Clark, Ondrej Lenard, conductors


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Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Photo by P. Kasti

The award was presented to Anthony Anderson, Managing Director of Naxos UK, at the PPL’s Annual General Meeting at King’s Place, London on Wednesday 9 June 2010. Anthony Anderson said: ‘I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Naxos. It is particularly gratifying that it is a recognition of not only one of the most enduring and best-loved pieces in the classical repertoire, but also for one of the very first Naxos recordings made over 20 years ago.’



Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Kirill Karabits
Photo courtesy Sasha Gusov

As the world’s leading classical music label, Naxos is known for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent. The label has one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere with state-of-the-art sound and consumer-friendly prices. The catalogue includes classical music CDs and DVDs as well other genres such as jazz, new age, educational and audio books. Founded by German-born entrepreneur, Klaus Heymann in 1987, Naxos has always been known for its budget price and distinctive packaging. The label is producing recordings of international repute and attracts high-profile musicians as its regular house artists such as Marin Alsop, Vasily Petrenko, Chloë Hanslip, Peter Donohoe, Leonard Slatkin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. The label has managed to attract artists of international repute whilst still maintaining its budget price—Naxos is no longer ‘just’ a budget label—it is a label of real quality.

PPL, a not-for-profit company, is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 42,000 performers and 5,000 record companies, licenses the use of recorded music in the UK for public performance, broadcast and new media use.


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