Pentatone (record label)

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Pentatone
Pentatone-logo.png
Founded 2001 (2001)
Founder Dirk van Dijk, Job Maarse and Giel Bessels
Genre Classical
Country of origin Netherlands
Location Baarn
Official website www.pentatonemusic.com

Pentatone (stylized as PENTATONE) is a Dutch classical music label, located in Baarn. The label focuses on production of high-end, 5-channel surround sound recordings.[1]

Three former executives of Philips Classics, Giel Bessels, Dirk van Dijk and Job Maarse, established the label in 2001.[1] In January 2002, Pentatone recorded the official music which was performed during the wedding ceremony of the Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta.[2] The CD, “The Music from the Royal Wedding”, sold more than 75,000 copies, thereby attaining the unique “triple platinum” status. In 2004, the label received a Grammy Award for their recording of Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev,[2] where the story is told from the perspective of the wolf and has the theme of letting animals live in peace. Other award-winning issues have included John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, part of the American Opera Series, which won multiple awards for the 59th Grammy Award as Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album.[3][4]

Pentatone has also licensed earlier quadraphonic recordings recorded by other labels, such as the 1970's quadrophonic recordings by Philips Classics, and remastered them for release on SACD in the RQR series. In 2014, under the "Remasterd Classics" series, PENTATONE re-released previous quadraphonic recordings from Deutsche Grammophon.

Affiliated Artists[edit]

Piano[edit]

Cello[edit]

Flute[edit]

  • Ana de la Vega
  • Jessica Sindell

Percussion[edit]

  • Doug Perkins

Violin[edit]

Mezzo-Soprano[edit]

Soprano[edit]

Tenor[edit]

Baritone[edit]

  • Florian Sempey

Bass[edit]

  • Luc Bertin-Hugault
  • Peter Rose

Ensembles[edit]

Choir[edit]

  • Les Cris de Paris
  • NDR Chor
  • South Dakota Chorale

Conductors[edit]

Orchestras[edit]

Composers[edit]

Catalogue Series[edit]

  • Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg series
  • AMERICAN OPERAS Series
  • Dances Series
  • REMASTERED CLASSICS Philips Classics
  • PENTATONE Oxingale Series
  • REMASTERED CLASSICS Deutsche Grammophon
  • RQR Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Karl Erik Sylthe (2014-03-19). "PENTATONE - A portrait of an audiophile record label". Audiophile (Norway). Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b Max Delissen (2015-02-02). "PENTATONE: Liefde poor Klassieke Muziek en Techniek". HiFi (Netherlands). Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  3. ^ Desk, BWW News. "THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES Wins Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  4. ^ "L.A. Opera wins two Grammys for 'Ghosts of Versailles'". Los Angeles Times. 2017-02-12. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-01-12. 

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