NAXOS and the recording industry

“There was a time, not so long ago, that Klaus Heymann was accused of trying to destroy the classical music industry. That was around the same time that the world realized that Naxos, Heymann’s budget-record label, was not just another series of CDs in the bargain bin. At first, nobody really knew what to make of the plain white CD-booklets with stock artwork and only a minimum of information. The packaging had a truly “discount” feel to it, but the recordings — mostly by unknown Eastern European orchestras, conductors, and soloists — were actually pretty good.”

Niels Swinkles interviews the founder of NAXOS label, Klaus Heymann

Niels Swinkles, “Defy Labels, to be the One”, San Francisco Classical Voice, 29 August 2012.

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