Delos Productions is an American record label. Long in Los Angeles, California but now headquartered in Sonoma, California, it specializes in classical music. The Delos label was founded in 1973 by Amelia S. Haygood (1919–2007), whose stewardship of the company made her one of the most prominent figures in the classical recording industry. She named the label after the Greek island of Delos, the birthplace of the Sun god Apollo, who brought music and healing to the world. The company’s current director is Carol Rosenberger, an American pianist who recorded over 30 CDs for Delos in a career spanning more than three decades.
Delos has made recordings of such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Shanghai Quartet, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet; and of artists such as Arleen Auger, James DePreist, Marina Domashenko, Olga Guryakova, Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dennis Keene, Constantine Orbelian, Ewa Podles, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Clara Rockmore, Gerard Schwarz, David Shifrin, Joshua Smith, János Starker, Andrew von Oeyen, Eugenia Zukerman, Mark Abel and many more.
Delos recordings have been praised over the years for their high sonic standards. The company was one of the earliest classical labels to embrace digital recording, in 1979 beginning a collaboration with scientist Thomas Stockham, inventor of the Soundstream digital recording process. Many notable recordings are credited to John M. Eargle (1931–2007), a Grammy winner and Delos’ longtime Chief Engineer, and the production team of Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz.
Since 2008, Delos recordings have been distributed worldwide through Naxos.
- Gramophone Magazine article on Delos & Ameilia Haygood
- Garry Margolis, "John M. Eargle Dies, Musical America", May 16, 2007
- Official website
- Delos Store/Catalog
- "Amelia Haygood, 1919–2007" by Jason Serinus (25 March 2007)
- "Amelia S. Haygood, 87, Who Founded Classical Record Label, Dies" by Margalit Fox, The New York Times (29 March 2007)