PENTATONE is a classical music label specialising in high-end recordings with top international artists. It was founded in the Netherlands in 2001 by three former Philips Classics executives. More than a decade later, PENTATONE is continuously realising the vision, by pushing boundaries to produce the highest quality recordings.
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, 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 Prokovief’s “Peter and the Wolf” in 2004. Coupled with a new composition of “Wolf Tracks”, it succeeded in attracting a unique team of narrators: Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren. 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.
PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances of conductors like Marek Janowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jakub Hrusa, Sir Neville Marriner, Yakov Kreizberg, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Albrecht, Kazuki Yamada, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi, Kent Nagano and Mikhail Pletnev; artists like Arabella Steinbacher, Julia Fischer, Denis Kozhukhin, Martin Helmchen, Nareh Arghamanyan, Mari Kodama, Johannes Moser, Matt Haimovitz, Melody Moore, Lisa Delan, Alice Coote, Elisabeth Kulman, Nikolai Schukoff, Christian Elsner and Lester Lynch; and orchestras like the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Festival Strings Lucerne, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Wiener Symphoniker.