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PENTATONE’s reputation for excellence is supported by a catalogue of some of the very best that classical music has to offer.

PENTATONE was founded in the Netherlands in 2001 by three former Philips Classics executives, with the ambition to offer classical music in highest quality. Through the years, the label keeps pushing boundaries by producing the highest quality recordings, embracing the most modern technologies and staying on top of digital trends.

In the first years of its existence, Pentatone managed to engage Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Sophia Loren, in a Grammy-winning recording of Prokoviev’s Peter & the Wolf (released in several languages with many other international stars such as Antonio Banderas), with Kent Nagano conducting the Russian National Orchestra. Another early great success was scored with a recording of the official music performed during the wedding ceremony of the then Dutch crown prince (now king) Willem-Alexander to Máxima Zorreguieta. The album, “The Music from the Royal Wedding”, sold more than 75,000 copies, thereby attaining the unique “triple platinum” status.

During its first decade, the label released several epoch-making recordings by violinist Julia Fischer and several complete cycles: Beethoven’s symphonies conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed by Mari Kodama, and Bruckner’s symphonies under the baton of Marek Janowski. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher, who joined the label in 2009, has left her mark on these years and continues doing so with several acclaimed recordings. Shortly after, PENTATONE ventured to record Wagner’s ten mature operas, also conducted by Janowski.

In 2013, a new management team joined Pentatone, with the goal to innovate the label towards the digital era of music and expand the repertoire. The new team took onboard instrumentalists who defined the label’s second decade such as pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Denis Kozhukhin, as well as cellists Alisa Weilerstein and Johannes Moser.

In 2017, John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles, part of the American Opera Series, has won multiple awards for the 59th Grammy Awards as Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album. In 2019, the premiere recording of the Mason Bates opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” won The Best Opera Recording at the 61st Grammy Awards Ceremony.

In recent years, both the repertoire and the roster has been expanded to include releases by world-star vocalists such as Magdalena Kožená, Ian Bostridge and Piotr Beczala, as well as collaborations with world-class early music ensembles and artists including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, il pomo d’oro and René Jacobs. PENTATONE continues to engage the most exciting classical artists of today.

The label was awarded Label of the Year in 2019 by Gramophone Magazine and in 2020 by the International Classical Music Awards.

Thanks to collaborations with performers such as Francesco Piemontesi, Sean Shibe, Anna Lucia Richter, Vladimir Jurowski, and Herbert Blomstedt and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the future looks bright!

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Pentatone Music B.V.

Prinses Marielaan 10 C
3743 JA Baarn
The Netherlands, Europe
Chamber of Commerce: 61197033

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