Friday, July 16, 2010

'Last man standing'

The Washington Post's Anne Midgette interviews Klaus Heymann, founder and CEO of Naxos, who aims to be "the last man standing" in the business of recording classical music:

Note Heymann's remarks on the recession: "The 2008 recession hit manufacturing. People in manufacturing don’t buy classical music. . . . But in the [U.S.], if they start firing school teachers and government employees, that will affect classical music sales."

BACKLOG: Naxos has "149 orchestral recordings in the pipeline now; 174 chamber music, 148 instrumental, 85 vocal/choral. More than 700 in all. I told my staff not to take on new projects for a year, maybe a year and a half," Heymann tells The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith: