Warner Classics and its sister label Erato together comprise one of the world’s leading global classical music recording companies. In 2013, with WMG’s acquisition of Parlophone Label Group, the renowned EMI Classics roster and catalog became part of Warner Classics. The label exclusively records such acclaimed artists as Alison Balsom, Emmanuel Pahud, Sir Antonio Pappano, and distinguished organisations like the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and l’Arpeggiata.
Warner Classics is the custodian of an unrivaled catalogue of recordings by international superstars Nigel Kennedy, Kiri Te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, and Riccardo Muti, and the historic recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich, Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jacqueline du Pré, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Sir Adrian Boult, and Sir John Barbirolli, as well as the longest-serving artist in the history of the record industry: violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.
Erato was established in Paris in 1953 with a founding mission to focus on recording French composers and artists, with an emphasis on Renaissance and Baroque music. Over the years, the Erato catalog grew to feature such noted artists as Plácido Domingo, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Maurice André, Hélène Grimaud, Scott Ross, Marie-Claire Alain, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Susan Graham, and José van Dam. Erato joined the WMG family in 1992. In 2013, Erato was relaunched when the Virgin Classics label became part of WMG through Warner’s acquisition of Parlophone Label Group. Today, Erato records such acclaimed artists as Philippe Jaroussky, Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, the Ébène Quartet, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, and Alexandre Tharaud.