Onyx Classics, which is distributed in the U.S. by Harmonia Mundi, was founded in 2005 by Craker and Moseley as a refuge for artists no longer recording for the major labels. Like several other independent labels which have launched in the past several years, it offers artists increased control over repertoire and recording ownership.
In a statement, Moseley said, "It has been very exciting to see the positive coverage Onyx has received so far. Giving world-renowned artists the freedom to express themselves is what we're about and I look forward to growing the roster while maintaining the label's core values."
Releases to date have included CDs from Viktoria Mullova, Christine Sch‹fer, Pascal Rog_, Barbara Bonney, Christianne Stotijn and the Borodin Quartet.
With the change in ownership and Craker's move to Sony BMG, Onyx's UK distribution switches from Sony BMG to Select Music. Select's managing director, Anthony Anderson, said, "Although a young label, we're confident that Onyx's vision and the direction behind the label will result in an increased profile and sales growth over the coming years and Select is delighted to welcome the company to our roster of labels."
Autumn releases from Onyx include Viktoria Mullova and Katia Labque performing Schubert, Ravel, Stravinsky and Clara Schumann; Canadian violinist James Ehnes performing the Barber, Korngold and Walton Violin Concertos; and Russian violist Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists playing Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
Current Onyx releases include Mullova playing Vivaldi Violin Concertos with Il Giardino Armonico, the Borodin Quartet's 60th anniversary album and Debussy Pr_ludes performed by Pascal Rog_.