Naxos Records

Naxos is an independent record label for classical music; Under labels on jazz and world music appears.


Naxos was founded in 1987 by the German Klaus Heymann in Hong Kong. Design and scope of the booklets were usually narrower than for comparable conventional labels for the productions were cheaper to buy. Worked Naxos in the 1980s, mainly with Eastern European symphony orchestras and little-known conductors together to keep production costs low, so American and British orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony and more famous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin came increasingly added since the 1990s. Now the label also sells CDs and DVDs from other production companies.


The company has recordings of less well-known and performed composers, such as the symphonies of the Russian composer Nikolai Myaskovsky or recordings of contemporary composers and new music, as well as his own series editions and first recordings of about Japanese classical music, Jewish- American music, film music and Age music.

The company commissioned the English composer Peter Maxwell Davies to write ten string quartets: the so-called Naxos Quartets.

In recent years, Naxos began to restore old recordings of other production companies and historical photos whose rights have expired, ( "re -mastering " ) and published on CD. A prominent example is the studio recording of Maria Callas.

Some composers Naxos has issued total expenditure of their work:

  • Total orchestral music of composers (in brackets: Conductor) William Alwyn (David Lloyd - Jones)
  • Samuel Barber ( Marin Alsop )
  • Claude Debussy (Jun Märkl )
  • Alexander Glazunov
  • Charles Ives ( James Sinclair)
  • Witold Lutoslawski ( Antoni Wit)
  • Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Igor Stravinsky (Robert Craft)
  • Karol Szymanowski (two editions: Karol Stryja and Antoni Wit )
  • Edgar Varèse ( Christopher Lyndon -Gee )
  • Anton Webern (Robert Craft)
  • All symphonies (in brackets: Conductor) Hugo Alfvén ( Niklas Willén )
  • Malcolm Arnold (Andrew Penny)
  • Mily Balakirev ( Igor Golowschin )
  • Arnold Bax ( David Lloyd - Jones)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven ( Bela Drahos )
  • Leonard Bernstein ( Leonard Slatkin )
  • Franz Berwald ( Okko Kamu )
  • Johannes Brahms (two editions: Alexander Rahbari and Marin Alsop )
  • Antonín Dvořák (Stephen Gunzenhauser )
  • Joseph Haydn ( Barry Wordsworth, Nicholas Ward, Bela Drahos, Patrick Gallois, Helmut Müller -Brühl, Kevin Mallon )
  • Gustav Mahler ( Antoni Wit and Michael Halasz )
  • Bohuslav Martinů ( Arthur Fagen )
  • Felix Mendelssohn ( Reinhard Seifried )
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( Nicholas Ward and Barry Wordsworth )
  • Carl Nielsen (two sets: Adrian Leaper and Michael Schonwandt )
  • Krzysztof Penderecki ( Antoni Wit)
  • Sergei Prokofiev ( Theodore Kuchar )
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (Alexander Anisimov )
  • Nikolai Rimsky -Korsakov ( André Anichanow )
  • Anton Rubinstein (Robert Stankovsky and Stephen Gunzenhauser )
  • Franz Schubert ( Michael Halasz )
  • William Schuman ( Gerard Schwarz )
  • Robert Schumann ( Antoni Wit)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich ( Ladislav Slovak )
  • Jean Sibelius (two editions: Adrian Leaper and Petri Sakari )
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ( Adrian Leaper and Antoni Wit)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams ( Kees Bakels and Paul Daniel )
  • Complete edition of the piano music of Johannes Brahms
  • Frédéric Chopin
  • Franz Liszt
  • Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Complete edition of the vocal music of Franz Schubert
  • Robert Schumann
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Streaming Web Portals

Naxos has built in streaming services, in which not only productions of your own company can be found, but also third-party content a whole lot. There is one web portal for classical music, audiobooks, jazz music and videos from the classical music scene. The Naxos Web Radio with over 80 channels is the oldest streaming service from Naxos.

  • Naxos Music Library ( resource for universities, music schools, public libraries, schools, professional musicians and collectors only)
  • Naxos Video Library (video streaming service for classical music concerts, opera, ballet and music documentaries )
  • Naxos Spoken Word Library ( resource for audiobooks )
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz ( jazz resource for Dear partners )
  • Naxos Web Radio (Internet radio with more than 80 channels of classical music from the repertoire of Naxos)