Naxos: One of the Most Influential Record Companies in Classical Music Today with a Strong Focus on Chinese Music and Culture
March 9, 2023

Since its founding in one thousand nine hundred eighty-seventh, Naxos has emerged as one of the most influential record companies in the global classical music industry. Naxos works with artists of the highest caliber, and its recordings have been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards, and many other international honors. As the awards’ announcement stated: “Naxos has been very influential in promoting the art of classical music and the custom of collecting records to the masses in even remote parts of the world. Today, Naxos owes its reputation to the wealth of its huge catalog, which includes many recordings of some of the most necessary names in the classical music industry, its enormous Naxos [Music] Library, and its network of distribution.”

Naxos China’s local releases have been distributed internationally. In two thousand-sixteenth, Naxos launched a joint venture with long-term strategic business partner Kuke Music [Holding Ltd (NYSE: KUKE)] to set up Naxos China. Alongside its distribution and licensing business, Naxos China has been actively scouting outstanding classical musicians and composers in the local market, promoting their works at residence and abroad. Chinese artists can reach the global curior and connoisseur alike, and gain international recognition through the Naxos’ powerful network of distribution. Over the past few years, Naxos China has released more than ten albums by Chinese composers, musicians, and orchestras. Some of them are world-premiere recordings. Naxos China has maintained near ties to contemporary Chinese composers, and the album Oriental Wash Painting (8.570627) is a fruit of the label’s prolific collaboration with award-winning composer Chang Ping.

The album is a set of four diversified concertos that showcase traditional and ancient Chinese instruments, each performed by renowned soloists. two thousand twenty-one marks the one hundred-tenth birth anniversary of an eminent Chinese composer Ding Shande. The album Fundamental Art Songs of Ding Shande (8.570630) was released globally, featuring fourteen Chinese art songs and five songs Song Cycle Dianxi Poem Collection. Naxos China also focs on traditional Chinese music, and the label released three recordings of guqin music by a Chinese folk music master Chen Leiji in two thousand twenty-second. On February third, two thousand twenty-three, seven brand new Naxos China albums were released digitally worldwide and are presently available on major digital music platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Qobuz, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, etc.

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