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Meet the Label – Newton Classics

October 23, 2010

Naxos distributes a number of leading independent labels, including Newton Classics, a Dutch company founded in 2009. Most of its recordings, sourced from major record labels and provided with new booklet notes and packaging, have not been available for many years. The choice of recordings is driven by musical quality and value as well as proven popularity with classical music lovers. Newton Classics aims to build a catalogue of around 1500 titles and this will include brand new recordings starting in 2012–13. Lea Maitlen caught up with founder Theo Lap.

LEA: When was the label started and what is the mission of the label?

THEO: The label started in 2009 with preparing its first release plans and discussions with possible licensors. In June 2010 we released our first 7 releases. However in my mind I have been working with the idea of starting my own label since 2000.

LEA: Can you tell us how you came up with the label name and logo?

THEO: The name and label logo came about in many discussions with friends and family and were afterwards thoroughly researched. ‘Newton’ is a quantity of power [it is the unit of force named after Sir Isaac Newton – Ed] and we feel powerful in our business. Newton also relates to ‘new tones’, which is a positive connotation. I also admire Newton as one of the greatest scientists that the world has ever seen. The logo, a ‘newt on’ the cover is a small wonderful animal that can adapt to many environments and lifestyles. It is a playful logo that stands out in the relatively grey and dull world of classical music marketing.

LEA: What is most exciting to you about being a part of the Naxos family of distributed labels?

THEO: What is so good to be part of the Naxos family is that the company is consistently trying and achieving to be the best in its business. The team love classical music and know their market extremely well. We immediately felt part of a team with the same goals and targets. Newton is a good addition to Naxos and the other distributed labels as it is the only reissue label with some very great names in the classical music world and does not double up with any of the other releases of Naxos.

LEA: Any releases coming up that you would like to share/talk about with our readers?

THEO: In January 2011 we will release the complete set of Tchaikovsky symphonies with Igor Markevitch and the LSO. A legendary piece of art, an absolute reference recording and still a must have for any lover of great symphonic recordings. Earlier, In November this year we are proud to issue the last two recordings Leopold Stokowski ever recorded and have long been deleted and forgotten about: one with the third symphony of Rachmaninov (a work Stokowski premiered in 1938 in cooperation with the composer!) and a fabulous recording of the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis coupled with the Dvorak serenade. Truly unique…

LEA: What would we find on your ipod that would surprise us?

THEO: Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra…Also Miriam Makeba and Jody Mitchell. But above all the incredible voice of Edith Piaf. But then I never get bored with Bach, none of his music gets ever deleted on my ipod…

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