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.
Whilst the nation rallies behind England ahead of the World Cup final this weekend, we've got another spectacular British event on our mind. This Friday marks the official 'kick off' for one of Classical music's finest extravanganzas; the BBC Proms 2018.
Whether you're a promenader preparing to line the streets surrounding London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall in the hope of securing a last minute ticket or a Classical connoisseur who secured a Logia box months in advance, there's no denying that Classical fever is about to replace football hysteria.
What better way to ease yourself into a season of spectacular symphonies, sensational string quartets and consuming concertos than with our official 'BBC Proms 2018' playlist on Spotify?
From Shostakovich to Strauss and Brahms to Beethoven, our playlist features a selection of our favourite works being performed throughout the festival. What's more, each recording is taken from an iconic and original Collins Classics album whi...
Slip off your t-shirt, slop on some sun cream and slap on a hat as summer is finally here! This season, you'll find us basking in the Sun and listening to our brand new collection of 'Essential Summer Classics'.
Whilst complementing those hot summer days with some of the most uplifting, vibrant and colourful Classical works, the compilation also shines the spotlight on some of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors.
Featuring recordings from the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and many more, the calibre of talent captured in every crotchet, quaver and semibreve is comparable to no other.
On an unforgettable evening in 1990, Neville Marriner lifted his baton in preparation to fill London’s Henry Wood Hall with the magnificent sounds of Elgar’s "In the South" Concert Overture. Performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Collins Classics was lucky enough to capture this spectacular concert in a special recording and release.
Now, in the latest Academy of St Martin in the Fields podcast, the wife of Mr Marriner, Lady Molly Marriner, and Sir David Attenborough revisit this very performance in a conversation about the life and legacy of the Academy and its founder.
Lost your chill recently? Well, the one and only Mr Johann Sebastian Bach is here to help you find it again.
Adding his name to the illustrious list of composers in our Classical ‘Chill Series’, ‘Bach and Chill’ showcases a selection of the great German composer’s finest works. Though, whilst being typically known for his bold style, epic concertos and grand melodies, our new compilation shines light upon the softer sounds of Bach.
From the romantic ‘Cello Suite No.1 in G Major’ through to the Air of ‘Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Major’, tranquil tones will provide the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer evening, early Sunday morning or whatever else your heart desires…
It’s finally starting to look like spring has sprung and, here at Collins Classics, we couldn’t be any happier! With the flowers blooming, the sun shining and a heatwave on the way, we felt it only right to soundtrack the season with a selection of beautiful ‘Springtime Classics’.
Showcasing the renowned resonances of Handel’s ‘Water Suite’, the delicacy of Delius’ ‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring’ and, of course, the eponymous ‘Spring’ string concerto by Vivaldi, the album encapsulates the often overlooked purity and peacefulness of these transitional months.
In the world of Classical Music, three is never a crowd. In fact, it's a trio! So, joining Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to complete the first trio of composers in our 'Chill Series' is the one and only Mozart.
Targeted towards a younger generation, the ‘Chill Series’ aims to inspire a newfound love of the Classical genre. With pop-art inspired artwork and colloquial album titles like ‘Mozart and Chill’, the series subverts traditional Classical stereotypes to create a concept that’s bold, brave and, most importantly, engaging and current.
Born in 1840, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s fusion of Western Classical composition techniques and traditional musical ideologies has undeniably cemented the Romantic virtuoso as one of the greatest composers of all time.
Producing some of the most renowned works in the Classical canon, his ability to deliver the delicacy of ballets like ‘Swan Lake’ through to the tremendous uproar of his ‘1812 Overture’ pioneered a new era for Russian Classical music on an international scale.
In celebration of his life and legacy, Collins Classics are pleased to honour Tchaikovsky in our brand new compilation, ‘Tchaikovsky and Chill’.
It’s a widely known fact that, whilst enjoying the fruitfulness and success of his career, Tchaikovsky faced many trials and tribulations throughout his life. With soothing and pensive moments being paralleled by brash and disconcerting melodies, the album truly embodies the emotional continuum of the composer.
Following on from Beethoven in the ‘Chill Series’, you can now joi...
This winter, pull up a chair, gather around the fire and snuggle up as Collins Classics keeps you warm with a selection of sparkling symphonies, glistening concertos and festive choral works.
Featuring performances from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Consort of London and Bolshoi Children’s Choir, ‘Winter Classics’ is the restorative remedy needed to keep your heart happy long into the darkening months.
Weaving from the blissful vocal harmonies of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ through to the brazen and brash chords of ‘Finlandia’ by Sibelius, the carefully compiled compilation travels through all the light and shade, sounds and sensations of the ethereal season.
What’s more, with Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better time than now to gather your family, friends and loved ones, sip some mulled wine, spend some quality time together and hit play on ‘Winter Classics’.
Collins Classics is proud to present ‘Beethoven and Chill’.
Sit down and unwind with a collection of the great German composer’s most relaxing, reposing and renowned works in the first of our carefully curated ‘Chill Series’.
Featuring the likes of 'Moonlight Sonata', 'Symphony No.6 in F Major' and 'Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major', the compilation is a musical journey through the peaks and valleys of tempo, texture and timbre.
Picture yourself on a cold November evening in 1930s Leningrad. November 21st 1937; to be precise. The bitter wind bites at your skin whilst snow falls in a cascade of ethereal beauty. It’s the night of Dmitri Shostakovich’s return to musical extolment and all is resting upon his newest work, Symphony No.5 in D Minor.
As Yevgeny Mravinsky lifts the baton, he lifts with it the weight of Russia. With the Soviet regime reaching an unprecedented level of power, it’s more than just Shostakovich’s reputation resting upon this work. He has two options; to conform to the powers above or to liberate the people below…
Now undeniably one of the most respected works in the classical canon, it’s no surprise that, with Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Shostakovich did both. Receiving tremendous acclaim from the likes of Tolstoy himself and a standing ovation lasting over some thirty minutes, the piece became viewed as ‘a Soviet artist's creative response to just criticism’ whilst moving the millions it was...