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The Story Of Naxos: The Extraordinary Story of the Independent Record Label that Changed Classical Recording For Ever
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The Story Of Naxos: The Extraordinary Story of the Independent Record Label that Changed Classical Recording For Ever

by Nicolas Soames
 

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In 1987, a budget classical record label was started in Hong Kong by Klaus Heymann, a German businessman who loved classical music. Swiftly, it gained a world wide reputation for reliable new digital recordings of the classics at a remarkably low price. Despite opposition from the classical record establishment, it grew at a remarkable pace, and soon expanded into

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In 1987, a budget classical record label was started in Hong Kong by Klaus Heymann, a German businessman who loved classical music. Swiftly, it gained a world wide reputation for reliable new digital recordings of the classics at a remarkably low price. Despite opposition from the classical record establishment, it grew at a remarkable pace, and soon expanded into opera, early music, contemporary music and specialist repertoire so that it became appreciated by specialist collectors as well as the general music lover. It is now the leading provider of classical music and as an innovator in digital delivery. At the heart of Naxos is one man: Klaus Heymann. The combination of his broad knowledge of classical music and his acute business acumen has enabled him to build the most varied classical music label in the world, but also the most effective distribution network to ensure that his recordings are available everywhere. This fascinating story explains how it happened, how a one-time tennis coach in Frankfurt became a classical recording mogul in Hong Kong and how, at the age of 75, he still holds the reins as firmly as ever.

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Publishers Weekly
Insider (he has run Naxos AudioBooks for 18 years) and music critic Soames offers what amounts to an exhaustive set of admiring liner notes that offer the details of Naxos' calculated rise to the top of the classical recording world. Drawing on interviews and conversations with Naxos founder Heymann, Soames pedantically chronicles the growth and development of the company from its earliest days in 1987 to its flourishing business in the early 21st century when other record labels have faced tremendous challenges. Heymann started Naxos as a budget line of classical recordings that could be sold outside of chain and independent record stores, thereby offering an entirely new audience a chance to buy and hear classical music. As Soames points out, Naxos CDs presented new digital recordings of reliable performances of various classical pieces, introducing listeners to artists, musicians, and composers from outside of Europe and thus expanding the world of classical music. Soames's definitive history of Naxos is flatly written and often repetitious but worthwhile if only for the tale of a canny entrepreneur dedicated to bringing the beauty of classical music into lives around the world.
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From the Publisher
It's all happening on Naxos, the voracious budget label that dispatches repertory by the trunkload—The New York Times

highly readable . . . I enjoyed reading this densely packed, enlightening book—Classical Recordings Quarterly

endlessly informative book... which embraces everything everyone has wondered about this unique company. An educational read, with great stories—Herald

a fascinating story of a savvy and very, very lucky German entrepreneur who, practically by accident, proved how there was a better way of recording and distributing music on a global scale than what the big labels had managed to achieve—Musical Toronto

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

The most significant record industry development of the nineties [was] the landslide success of the budget-priced Naxos label—BBC Music Magazine

Nicolas Soames throws himself into telling the story of how the music loving Heymann, a tennis coach-turned businessman built his recording empire and took it to the world—Time Out

Naxos is simply the most exciting thing happening in classical music today ClassicsToday.com

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

Naxos has become without doubt the world's favourite classical label . . . In the history of the gramophone, no company has more thoroughly overturned the classical record business . . . It has built its reputation on value and reliability—BBC Music Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749956899
Publisher:
Piatkus Books
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Nicolas Soames is a former classical music and judo journalist. For the past 18 years, he has run Naxos AudioBooks, the award-winning label with a particular reputation for its spoken word recordings of literary classics from Homer and Dante to James Joyce and Haruki Murakami.

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