Collins Classics is a highly respected classical label formed by Pinnacle Entertainment in 1989 and now owned by Phoenix Music International. Featuring recordings from renowned London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Consort of London, Collins Classics' catalogue covers a wide range of musical works from Bach to Britten and Shostakovich to Sibelius. The label’s 130 albums form a small yet important part of recorded music history.
The three piano trios which constitute Beethoven’s Opus 1 launched his public career in 1795. However, it may well be that the origins of the music were earlier. In any event, the dedication of the set to the composer’s staunch advocate, Prince Lichnowsky, and the presence of Haydn at one of the early private performances, combined to make this a work of highly special significance.
Frédéric Chopin is a classic figure of romance. A French-Pole exiled from a martyred country and a man whose piquantly obscure love life attracted the creators of sugarcoated fiction. A revolutionary yet stickler for social convention and a realist who, to quote his own words, was a dreamer in 'strange spaces'.
Chopin despised disorder and felt that 'the best things are those in which the first thoughts of inspiration are not spoiled by later reflection'. No other composer so whole heartedly committed to a single instrument, saying 'the piano is my solid ground, on that I stand the straightest'.
These words particularly resonated with us and we hope the piano works celebrated on 'Chopin and Chill' will help you find some head-space and stability in these turbulent times.
The start of the year can be a stressful time. But worry not as our 'Classical & Chill' series is back to help you ease into 2020.
Franz Schubert composed an astonishing breadth of music in his short lifetime of some 31 years (1797 - 1828). However, his collection of symphonies, sonatas, serenades and more boast some of the finest, and most relaxing classical works of the early Romantic canon.
Featuring recordings by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Consort of London, Slovak Philharmonic and many more renowned orchestras, ensembles and soloists, Collins Classics is pleased to present a selection of these works on 'Schubert and Chill'.
After a hectic summer, we need a rest! In fact, we need some 'Classical & Chill' to help us ease into the cold, winter months. Do you feel the same?
In anticipation that you do, the master of French Impressionism himself, Claude Debussy, is here to lend a hand... or two! Taking the form of relaxing piano suites, violin sonatas and saxophone quartets, 'Debussy and Chill' is the latest album in our 'Classical & Chill' series.
Light the candles, blow up the balloons and pop the champagne as we're celebrating!
2019 marks thirty years since Collins Classics was first formed by Pinnacle Entertainment and, to mark the occasion, we've released a brand new compilation celebrating some of the finest classical works in our catalogue.
Starting with ten of our Baroque and Renaissance masterpieces on Disc 1, moving through some of the most renowned and respected Classical era pieces on Disc 2 and climaxing with the thought provoking sounds of the Modernist, Impressionist and Expressionist periods on Disc 3, our 30th Anniversary album not only offers a historical timeline of the genre, but highlights our label's small yet important part of recorded music history.
To celebrate Cristina Ortiz's upcoming 69th birthday, Collins Classics has compiled a collection of the Brazilian pianist's finest performances recorded for the label.
'Virtuoso' not only highlights Ortiz's tender, beautiful and perfectly crafted style, but also reflects the virtuoso talents of the various composers featured on the album including Lizst, Bach and Rachmaninoff.
With frantic highs and haunting lows, 'Virtouso' truly explores the full capabilities of the piano and its master.
With the thirtieth anniversary of Collins Classics fast approaching in 2019, we are proud to present a selection of our label’s greatest works re-branded, repackaged and reworked under our new, elite division, Collins Classics Gold.
Over the coming months, some of your favourite Classical works including ‘The Planets’ by Holst, ‘In South’ by Elgar and Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ will be presented with new and exclusive artwork in the format of new digital albums, EPs and singles.
You know the drill by now. Once every two months, we take a great Classical composer, transform his portrait into a work of pop-art beauty even Andy Warhol would envy and brand them under the slogan ‘Classical & Chill’.
Well, now it’s the turn of Mr Johannes Brahms to step into the makeover chair as Collins Classics is pleased to present ‘Brahms and Chill’.
With the album travelling through the light and shade of the great German composer’s turbulent emotions, get whipped into a frenzy by ‘Hungarian Dance No.5 in G Minor’ or take it slow with the first of his ‘3 Intermezzos’.