We are giving away five copies of The Story of Naxos – signed by Klaus Heymann the founder of Naxos.

By placing an order in July 2012 for any Naxos release you will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the five copies:

The 450-page illustrated book describes the changing landscape of the classical music recording industry, tracing the rise of the label from its humble beginnings to its current position as the leading provider of classical music recordings. Divided into three main sections, the book profiles Klaus Heymann, then introduces us to the leading artists, composers and conductors in the Naxos catalogue, including Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Takako Nishizaki, John Corigliano and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The final section of the book outlines the company history and structure, providing a unique insight into the workings of a record label, and its evolution over time in response to commercial success and advances in technology.

Klaus Heymann“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.” – The Independent.

Entry without purchase: Send an email request with your name, phone number and postal address.

Closing date: Tuesday 31st July.