Independent podcast: Naxos 25th Anniversary
Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson is Chief Classical Music and Opera Critic for The Independent. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage & Screen, in which he interviewed many of the most prominent writers and stars of musical theatre. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4. On television, he has commentated a number of times at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has published books on Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and has been on Gramophone Magazine's review panel for many years. Edward presented the 2007 series of the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint. He has interviewed everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Liza Minelli; from Paul McCartney to Pavarotti: from Julie Andrews to Jessye Norman.
Monday 14 May 2012
The super-budget priced label NAXOS came into our lives 25 years ago at a time when the notion that you only got what you paid for and that anything so inexpensive couldn't possibly be good was beginning to get turned on its head. In just a quarter of a century Naxos has created - and I quote - "a catalogue comprising the largest number of individual works and the widest available repertoire of any classical label since the beginning of the recording era." Indeed Naxos has gone from being a bargain-basement label licensing core repertoire recordings from obscure Eastern European orchestras and conductors to a super-budget label hosting top-flight international talent like Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra whose cycle of Shostakovich symphonies is continuing to pull ecstatic reviews from across the globe. The great and the good are now queuing up to be a part of the Naxos experience. In this exclusive audio podcast Klaus Heymann, who founded the label out of Hong Kong, tells Edward Seckerson the unlikely success story with reference to cornerstone recordings and more than a few startling statistics. To borrow a show-business epithet this one will run and run.
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