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"Naxos has combined imaginative A&R with its philosophy of offering great music at affordable prices. Which all makes for a winning combination - classical music enthusiasts can't really go wrong!" - Gramophone

"Why pay £15 for a classical CD when you can get a better one for a third of the cost from the budget label Naxos?" - The Guardian

On Thursday 29 September Naxos was delighted to accept the coveted Label of the Year Award at The Classic FM/Gramophone Awards ceremony. The Award was presented to the Managing Director of Naxos UK, Anthony Anderson, at London’s Dorchester Hotel. On receiving the Award Anthony Anderson said: “This Award is, above all, a welcome recognition of Naxos’ unique achievement in facilitating consumer access to an ever-increasing range of classical repertoire.” 

The Classic FM/Gramophone Label of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the past 12 months, imaginative A & R and an impressive commitment to expanding the record catalogue. It also acknowledges a dedication to offering value for money and a visionary approach to digital distribution and music education. 

It is not difficult to see why the judges on the Classic FM/Gramophone panel chose Naxos for this cherished award. Not only is Naxos highly committed to British and American music but it has developed several series that push back the boundaries of the recorded catalogue. Such series include the 21st Century Classics, bringing music of our day to a wider public; the Japanese Classics - a ground-breaking survey of foremost 20th century composers from Japan; an 18th Century Concert/Symphony series seeking to make known many of the neglected gems from the time of Haydn to Mozart as well as the Organ Encyclopedia which combines the best of today’s organists with the main organ repertoire and top instruments. This astonishing array of repertoire remains readily accessible to the public through Naxos’ consumer-friendly price. 

Naxos’ forward-looking approach to digital distribution has meant it has remained at the forefront of the digital revolution. Being the first classical record label to digitise its complete catalogue, the label was not only ready for the advent of digital distribution but was also able to create the Naxos Music Library, a subscription service by which users can stream an enormous range of music on their computer. The Naxos Music Library now encompasses over 100,000 tracks drawn not only from the Naxos catalogue but also from other leading independent labels. It is primarily aimed at educational institutions and so far subscriptions have been sold to over 100 universities, schools and libraries throughout the UK. These institutions include Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities plus schools both from the independent and state sectors (Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Yehudi Menuhin, Purcell). 

Naxos Radio - which can be found on the website - is another example of Naxos’ creative approach to digital distribution. It offers over 60 channels of continuous music which can be streamed to the consumer for a small annual subscription fee. Naxos recordings can also readily be found on the main music download sites. In the UK these already include iTunes, Napster, HMV and Virgin with more to follow in the months to come.

From the outset Naxos has been dedicated to music education. The Chairman of Naxos, Klaus Heymann, recognised the importance of introducing new people to classical music and thus building the audience of tomorrow. Recent educational initiatives have included The A to Z of Classical Music and A to Z of Opera (mini musical dictionaries + 2CDs); the Life and Works series (4CD audio documentaries narration + music); the Instruments of the Orchestra (a 7CD introduction to the orchestra) and Opera Explained (a series of single CDs which put the most famous operas into their historical and musical context).


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