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Archive of American Jewish Music
December 05 Classical
October 05 Classical
CELEBRATING 18 YEARS OF SUCCESS
a combination of price, quality, distribution
and marketing. Of course, at the beginning
it was only the price, but now it’s
the breadth and depth of repertoire
we release, the excellent marketing,
the promotion, and, of course, the fact
that we self-distribute." Klaus
Music is delighted to announce another
milestone in the history of Naxos:
the 18th birthday of "the
world’s favourite classical label"
BBC Music Magazine. During
its 18 years Naxos has recorded over
2,500 classical CDs, and has sold over
100 million CDs worldwide. High critical
acclaim (including over 650 3-star recommendations
in the Penguin Guide and over
Choices) has secured the label’s reputation
as one of the most significant tours
de force in the classical music
celebrate Naxos’ 18th birthday,
Select Music will be unveiling a series
of activities. For six months, from
May to October 2005, every CD of the
Month will be packaged together with
a free limited edition birthday CD.
Each of the birthday CDs takes its theme
from the CD of the Month and will include
a cross-section of key recordings in
the Naxos catalogue.
first limited edition CD of the Month
is a recording of Stainer’s The
Crucifixion with the Choir
of Clare College Cambridge under
Timothy Brown. Following their
best-selling performance of Rutter’s
Requiem two years ago, Naxos
is delighted to welcome back this excellent
choir. Their performance of this meditation
on Christ’s Crucifixion is one of great
depth and emotion and one that should
win many fans. The disc is coupled with
the first free birthday CD, a compilation
of some of the best English choral music
in the Naxos catalogue: English Choral
Classics includes full highlights
from our prestigious St John’s Cambridge
series, probably the most important
survey of 20th century choral
music to date, as well as performances
by the Elora Festival Singers and St.
George’s Chapel Choir. Composers featured
include Elgar, Finzi, Stanford, Britten,
Howells and Vaughan Williams.
CD of the Month for June is a disc of
Thomas Tallis’ music with the
sumptuous 40-part motet Spem in
Alium as its centrepiece. Performed
by the excellent Oxford Camerata
under Jeremy Summerly, this disc
has been specially released to coincide
with the 500th anniversary
of Tallis’ birth. Recorded in surround
sound, this is a dazzling performance
of one of the great landmarks of polyphony.
The birthday CD accompanying this release
– Early Sacred Classics – is
a considered yet popular selection of
music from this golden age of the arts
and includes such favourites as the
Allegri Miserere, Albinoni Adagio
and Pachelbel Canon.
Century British Music is one of Naxos’
flagship series. The entire series was
honoured in the 1999 Gramophone Awards
and continues to receive high plaudits.
It was therefore essential to include
a 20th Century British release
in our 18th birthday celebrations
and the result is a disc of Alwyn’s
Piano Concertos Nos.
1 and 2 with Peter Donohoe,
the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
and James Judd.
to celebrate the centenary of Alwyn’s
birth, these are magnificent performances
of these weighty yet romantic works.
The birthday CD that accompanies this
release – British Classics
– includes Walton’s Spitfire Prelude
and Fugue, part of Finzi’s Clarinet
Concerto, and movements from Elgar’s
Symphony No. 3 and Holst’s The
sees the release of Kurt Weill’s
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 performed
by the distinguished Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra under Marin
Alsop. Part of our renowned and
adventurous 20th Century
American Classics series, this disc
follows on from the same artists’ triumphal
recording of Adams’ Shaker Loops.
The birthday CD that accompanies this
disc – American Classics – includes
critical highlights from composers such
as Adams, Barber, Bernstein, Joplin
and Cage, performed, as always, by our
September CD of the Month is Stokowski’s
arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition.
Performed once more by the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra, this time under
the baton of José Serebrier,
this recording has an added note of
authenticity as Serebrier was Stokowski’s
Associate Conductor for many years.
The birthday CD – Russian Romantic
Classics – is a delicious
collection of works with a popular folk
feel including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight
of the Bumble Bee and Shostakovich’s
much loved Jazz Suite No. 1 from
the Russian State Symphony Orchestra
under Dmitry Yablonsky.
final birthday CD of the Month is released
in October and is a magnificent performance
of Mozart’s Requiem performed
by the Gewandhaus Choir under Schuldt-Jensen.
birthday CD that accompanies it – Grand
Choral Classics – includes music
from Tippett’s Child of Our Time,
Hummel’s Missa Solemnis and a
chorus from our fabulous Bach St
John Passion with New College Choir
under Edward Higginbottom.
further information, interview opportunities
and full details on the 18th
birthday discs please contact: Jo Carpenter,
Head of Press, Select Music. Tel: 01737
645600 Ext: 214
18 facts about Naxos:
- Naxos is famous for its wide range
of quality classical CDs at bargain
- Naxos was the first company to make
CDs available at the same price as
- The £4.99 price tag has remained
unchanged for almost 18 years.
- Naxos sells 10 million CDs
per year via its own worldwide distribution
- Naxos was founded in 1987
by German entrepreneur Klaus Heymann.
- The Naxos headquarters is in Hong
- There are over 3000 titles
available in the Naxos core catalogue,
an encyclopaedia of classical music.
- The Naxos catalogue features over
1100 composers from Aaltoila
- On average there are over 15
new releases each month, all brand
- Naxos makes new recordings in the
UK than any other label.
- Naxos has achieved over 600 3-star
recommendations in the world famous
- Naxos has achieved over 100
Gramophone Editor’s Choices.
- There are several other Naxos labels
including Naxos Historical, Naxos
Nostalgia, Naxos Jazz Legends, Naxos
Musicals, Naxos World, Naxos Educational.
- The Naxos website www.naxos.com
receives over 21,000 hits per
day and is widely acknowledged as
a leading educational resource.
- Naxos is a leader in digital innovation.
The Naxos Music Library is an unprecedented
online resource for schools, universities,
libraries and all educational establishments.
- Naxos has its own web radio station
with over 60 channels of classical
music available anywhere, anytime.
- Naxos has always been at the forefront
of technical innovation. Recordings
in 5 channel surround sound have been
available now for over five years.
There are now over 60 SACDs
- The best-selling Naxos CD of all
time is The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.