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Sony Classical

Sony Classical Records is an American record label. It was started in 1927 as Columbia Masterworks Records, a subsidiary of the American Columbia Records. In 1948, it issued the first commercially successful long-playing 12" record. Over the next decades its artists included Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Glenn Gould, Eugene Ormandy, Vangelis, Elliot Goldenthal and Leonard Bernstein.

Columbia Records used the Masterworks brand name not only for classical and Broadway records, but also for spoken-word albums such as Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly's successful I Can Hear It Now series. Parent CBS also featured the Masterworks name on its consumer electronics equipment.

In 1980, the Columbia Masterworks label was renamed CBS Masterworks Records, but in 1990, after CBS Records was acquired by Sony, it was finally renamed Sony Classical Records (Its logo echoes the "Magic Notes" logo that was Columbia's emblem until 1955). During the 1990s, the label attracted controversy under the leadership of Peter Gelb as it emphasized crossover music over mainstream classical releases, failing to make available much of its archive of great recordings.

Going "back to the future", the Masterworks name lives on in its series of Broadway cast albums, Masterworks Broadway Records, and as the name of Sony Music Entertainment's classical music division, Sony Masterworks.

Crossover Media Projects:
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos : Beethoven for Three - Symph No. 4, Op. 97 Archduke
Lucas Debargue : Faure - Complete Music for Solo Piano
Anastasia Kobekina : Venice
Vienna Philharmonic : 2024 - New Year's Concert w/Christian Thielemann
Anna Lapwood : Luna
Yo-Yo Ma : Nature at Play - Bach's Cello Suite No. 1
Milos : Baroque
James Newton Howard : Night after Night
Ofra Harnoy : Elgar & Lalo Cello Concertos
Vienna Philharmonic : Summer Night Concert 2023 w/Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Joshua Bell : Butterfly Lovers
Pablo Sainz-Villegas : The Blue Album
Rachel Willis-Sorensen : Strauss - Four Last Songs
Luka Faulisi : Aria
Vienna Philharmonic : 2023 New Year's Concert
Mao Fujita : Mozart - The Complete Piano Sonatas
Leif Ove Andsnes : Dvorak - Poetic Tone Pictures
Francesco Tristano : on early music
Igor Levit : Tristan
Christian Thielemann : Bruckner -Symph No.5 in B-Flat Major w/Wiener Phil
Andris Nelsons, Vienna Philharmonic : Summer Night Concert 2022 w/Gautier Capucon
Rachel Willis-Sorensen : self-titled
John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic : A Gathering of Friends
Mason Bates : Philharmonia Fantastique w/Chicago Symphony
Lavinia Meijer : Are You Still Somewhere?
Ivo Pogorelich : Chopin
Leif Ove Andsnes : Mozart Momentum - 1786 w/Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos : Beethoven for Three Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5
Leonidas Kavakos : Sei Solo
Philip Mann - Ensemble Bravura : Finding Home feat. Jason Vieaux, Alexa Still
Vienna Philharmonic : 2022 New Year's Concert
Igor Levit : ON DSCH
Yo-Yo Ma : Notes for the Future
Jonas Kaufmann : Freudvoll und leidvoll w/Helmut Deutsch
Christian Thielemann : Bruckner -Symph No.4 in E-Flat Major w/Wiener Phil
Attacca Quartet : Of All Joys
Anita Rachvelishvili : Elegie
Brian Tyler, John Carey : Escape Room - Tournament of Champions
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax : Hope Amid Tears
Leif Ove Andsnes : Mozart Momentum - 1785 w/Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna : Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Juilliard String Quartet : Beethoven - Bartok - Dvorak String Quartets
Vienna Philharmonic : 2021 New Year's Concert
Yo-Yo Ma | Kathryn Stott : Comfort and Hope
Jonas Kaufmann : It's Christmas
Pablo Sainz-Villegas : Soul of Spanish Guitar
Khatia Buniatishvili : Labyrinth
Igor Levit : Encounter
Jonas Kaufmann : Selige Stunde w/Helmut Deutsch
Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble : New Impossibilities
Leonidas Kavakos : Beethoven Violin Concerto w/Bavarian Radio Symph.
Martin Frost : Vivaldi
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna : Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Vienna Philharmonic : 2020 New Year's Concert
Sarah Traubel : Arias for Josepha
Igor Levit : Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas
Lucas Debargue : Scarlatti - 52 Sonatas
Paul Merkelo : The Enlightened Trumpet, with Oxford Philharmonic
Yo-Yo Ma : Salonen Cello Concerto w/Los Angeles Philharmonic
Danny Elfman : Violin Concerto - Eleven Eleven
Jae-Hyuck Cho : Beethoven & Liszt Piano Concertos
Billy Joel : Fantasies & Delusions
Khatia Buniatishvili : Schubert
Steven Mercurio : Many Voices
Daniel Pemberton : Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse OMPS
Vienna Philharmonic : 2019 New Year's Concert
Jonas Kaufmann : An Italian Night - Live from the Waldbuhne Berlin
Robert Ziegler - Czech Philharmonic : Christmas at the Movies
Joseph Trapanese : Robin Hood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Ludwig Goransson : VENOM (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Ludwig Goransson : CREED II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Yo-Yo Ma : Six Evolutions - Bach Cello Suites
Juan Diego Florez : Besame Mucho
Juilliard String Quartet : Beethoven, Davidovsky, Bartok
Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak : Puccini In Love
Igor Levit : Life
Rick Wakeman : Piano Odyssey
James Horner : The Classics
Leif Ove Andsnes : Chopin - Ballades & Nocturnes
Harry Gregson-Williams : The Equalizer
Joshua Bell : Bruch - Scottish Fantasy w/ASMF
John Paesano : MAZE RUNNER
Daniel Pemberton : MOLLY'S GAME - Soundtrack
Vienna Philharmonic : 2018 New Year's Concert
Daniel Pemberton : All the Money in the World - Soundtrack
Pretty Yende : Dreams
Leif Ove Andsnes : Sibelius
Francesco Tristano : Piano Circle Songs
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos : Brahms - The Piano Trios
Juan Diego Florez : Mozart
Jonas Kaufmann : L'Opera
Joshua Bell : The Classical Collection
Vienna Philharmonic : Summer Night Concert 2017
Danny Elfman : Rabbit & Rogue
Yo-Yo Ma : Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach
Vienna Philharmonic : Schmidt-Sym #2 | Strauss-Dreaming by the Fireside
Arcadi Volodos : Volodos plays Brahms
Simone Dinnerstein : Mozart in Havana
Jonas Kaufmann : Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
Lang Lang | Sophie Shao : Howard Shore - Two Concerti
Hans Zimmer : The Classics
Soundtracks : LION
Vienna Philharmonic : 2017 New Year's Concert
Soundtracks : The Girl On The Train
Joshua Bell | Steven Isserlis | Jeremy Denk : For the Love of Brahms w/ASMF
Jonas Kaufmann : Dolce Vita
Nikolaus Harnoncourt : Beethoven: Missa solemnis
Leif Ove Andsnes : The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concertos 2 & 4
David Greilsammer : scarlatti: cage: sonatas
Jubilant Sykes : Sings Copland & Spirituals