Thursday, March 16, 2017

Label in the Spotlight: PentaTone Music

 PentaTone Music was founded in 2001 by three former executives of Philips Classics (one of the classical music labels of Universal), and it specializes in superb surround sound recordings. 
In their own words:
"Together with our talented artists, we take pride in our work of providing an impeccable way of experiencing classical music. For all their diversity, our artists have one thing in common: They all put their hearts and souls into the music, drawing on every last drop of creativity, skill, and determination to perfect their work.
"One of the first successful projects of PentaTone was the recording of the music played at the wedding ceremony of the King of The Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, in 2002. It was released on the day of the wedding and sold over 75,000 copies, topping the pop charts in Holland for several weeks. PentaTone also takes pride in the production of the Grammy-winning recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in 2004, [which] succeeded in attracting a unique team of narrators: Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Sophia Loren."
 To hear the PentaTone sampler, access NML, go to the Playlists section, and select the Label in the Spotlight folder under the Themed Playlists tab. You can also access it via the rotating banners. If you are on your institution's premises, you may also be able to access it if you CLICK HERE.

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