Warner Classics

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Warner Classics
Warner Classics logo.svg
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded1991 (1991)
Distributor(s)WEA International
AMPED Distribution (select releases)[1]
Country of originFrance
Official websitewarnerclassics.com

Warner Classics is the classical music arm of Warner Music Group. The label began issuing new recordings under the Warner Classics banner in 1991.[2] The company also includes the Erato Records, Teldec Records and NVC Arts labels. Based in France,[3] Warner Classics also distributes the Lontano and Finlandia labels.[4]


What was then known as Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, which owned Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic Records, acquired Elektra Records in 1969 which included Elektra's Nonesuch Records classical music label. This led to the formation of WEA, the forerunner of Warner Music Group. Nonesuch is now part of Warner Records. WEA acquired Teldec Records in 1988. Warner Classics was formed in 1991. The renamed Warner Music Group acquired Erato Records in 1992. Warner acquired the classical video company NVC in 1994.[5]

The label developed a larger profile in 2013 when it absorbed EMI Classics (including Pye Records' classical music catalogue) with that label's output absorbed into the Warner Classics label and the co-owned Virgin Classics absorbed into Erato.[6]


  1. ^ AMPED Distribution // Labels
  2. ^ Various Artists // News
  3. ^ Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed | Billboard
  4. ^ Warnerclassics.com
  5. ^ Pride, Dominic (1994-11-26). "Warner Int' Classical Unit Ups Video Profile". Billboard.
  6. ^ EMI Classics and Virgin Classics to join Warners – Classic FM Music News and Features

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