SOURCE: Naxos of America, Inc.
August 07, 2014 10:15 ET
Naxos of America Launches Three Labels for Distribution
FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwired – Aug 7, 2014) – The Naxos of America family of distributed labels continues to grow with the addition of JCW Recordings, Musica Omnia and Ludi Musici.
The award-winning CD label, Musica Omnia (https://www.musicaomnia.org), is devoted to highest-quality authentic performances of music from every period, from the Middle Ages to the present. Its mission is to showcase the works of great composers of all periods through the finest performers, the best audio engineering and the most attractive visual presentation possible. Musica Omnia has won the New York Times Critic’s Award (2002), Musicweb’s Record of the Year (2006 & 2009), and was a nominee in the 55th GRAMMY® Awards (2012).
BACH 330 – An ongoing 30 CD series of J. S. Bach’s Complete Works for Harpsichord, which when completed in 2015 by Musica Omnia’s own Peter Watchorn will be the first fully complete collection of all the composer’s works performed by a single artist on historical replicas of original harpsichords.
Musica Omnia signs distribution deal with Naxos of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Boston, MA) • March 4, 2014 • Independent classical label Musica Omnia announced today that they had signed a distribution agreement with Naxos of America, effective immediately. Founded in 2000, the label has dedicated itself to the finest recordings by today’s leading artists, with a focus on period instruments and historically-informed performances.
“We are very excited to move forward with Naxos as our distributor and as a partner to bringing our recordings to classical music listeners everywhere,” noted the label’s co-founder and one of its recording artists, harpsichordist and producer Peter Watchorn. “Our commitment to producing the finest audio recordings has never been stronger, as is our belief that giving works their historical context brings the works a new life for today’s classical music enthusiasts.”
Now with more than 50 titles, Musica Omnia’s highlights include:
- A reputation for exquisite audio quality and artistic performance across a broad spectrum of the repertoire, including composers from the Baroque and Romantic eras
- Several world première recordings, including the recent 4th release in a series of the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, the famous and mysterious 17th century nun and composer, as well as many contemporary composers’ debut works, including the dissonant, heartbreaking work of Ralf Yusuf Gawlick
- An ongoing series of J. S. Bach’s complete works for harpsichord, which when completed in 2015 by Watchorn will be the first fully complete collection of the composer’s solo harpsichord works performed by a single artist on historical replicas of original instruments.
- An ongoing series devoted to Romantic chamber music performed on period instruments, which boasts 17 volumes to date, featuring historically accurate instrumentation and the best in recording techniques.
Musica Omnia received its first Grammy nomination in 2012 for Handel’s Israel in Egypt/Trinity Wall Street (MO 0404). “We look forward to further and increased recognition as we expand our marketing and distribution,” Watchorn added. “We know how history informs classical music, and are pleased to have Naxos of America help us grow our passion for music in the future, too.”