Naxos is a Greek island, home to the legend of Ariadne on which Richard Strauss based his opera Ariadne auf Naxos in 1912. It has now become a word familiar to all classical record buyers, the name of a CD label which has impressed collectors by its quality, range and - not least - its price.

Klaus Heymann and his colleagues and advisers in many countries share a strong belief in the Naxos principle: the provision of a wide range of good music, well played and recorded and available at a relatively modest outlay.

The label and the mission have been astonishingly successful and the roots of this success lie in the flexibility of a stream-lined operation, the willingness to accept new repertoire ideas and an emphasis on the music itself rather than on the performer. Naxos does, of course, record musicians of great distinction but it has, in general, avoided the common practice of putting the cart before the horse, the player before the composer.

Put quite simply, at Naxos the music always comes first.