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.
As Ludwig Van Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio is arguably one of the German composer’s most unique overtures.
Composed as an effort to mark movements of great social and political change throughout nineteenth century Europe, the piece has grown to become a quintessential aspect of both traditional and contemporary culture.
From its initial recital at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien through to being the first opera performed in Berlin following World War II, Fidelio has a rich and vibrant concert history.
As the promenaders start to line the streets that twist and turn around London’s Albert Hall, it can only mean one thing. Prom season has officially begun. Whether you’ll be comfortably seated in a luxurious Loggia box or listening along at home on BBC Radio 3, Collins Classics will be here to guide you throughout the whole extravaganza.
Although the first baton was officially lifted last Friday, our bows have been eagerly drawn in anticipation for today’s recital of Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’. Performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under upcoming conductor Joshua Weilerstein, the vigour, vibrancy and vivacity of the renowned Romantic’s composition will undoubtedly flood every last crevasse of the auditorium.
Now, if you cast your mind back, you might remember the distinguished rendition of this very symphony recorded by Louis Frémaux and the London Symphony Orchestra exclusively for Collins. Nonetheless, whilst that was close to some thirty years ago, the same electricity and co...