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Classical music interview: Naxos founder Klaus Heymann still optimistic about classical music recordings despite a troubled time

August 1, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Earlier this week, I reviewed the latest installment (volume 11) in the Scarlatti piano sonatas series by the budget label Naxos, which sells most single CDs for under $10.

Naxos has been a major success story at a time when many other classical labels are facing difficult times and when classical music is said to account for only about 5 percent of CD and download sales.

I recently came across this interview with Naxos founder Klaus Heymann (below). I found it engaging and informative, and thought you might too.


When I was at a daily newspaper, I  interviewed Heymann on the occasion of a major anniversary of Naxos.

He is an interesting man and visionary businessman, as you can tell from this biography:

http://www.naxos.com/aboutus.asp?page=klaus

And you can tell from the vitality of the label and its releases and news on its impressive and engaging web site:

http://www.naxos.com/

But this interview has some new information.

And the number of Naxos’ planned released is astounding for a troubling time in classical music.

Here is a link:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2010/07/naxos_founder_klaus_heymann_up.html

Here is a link to another major interview with Heymann, done in 2007 when Naxos turned 20:

And here is a link to an audio interview did for the same occasion:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/music/orchestrating-a-classical-success/2007/04/05/1175366405854.html

What do you think of the Naxos label?

Do you have a favorite Naxos series or release?

The Ear wants to hear.


Posted in Classical music

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