Weird goings-on at Warner Classicsmain
This is the time of year when labels start trotting out their big guns. Sony have a Jonas Kaufmann Winterreise coming up, DG have a Villazon.
And Warner, home to the former EMI? Nothing.
The first two releases of the year are are French pianist Bertrand Chamayou and a French cellist Edgar Moreau, neither known at all outside France. Well bienvenu and all that, but where’s the boeuf?
Worse, now that Warner/EMI a&r is run out of Paris, what’s happening is that old EMI contracts are being honoured but not Warner artists who were signed to the former London office, which is being wound down.
We hear that the upcoming Franck sonata release by Rachel Kolly d’Alba, tied to an April Wigmore Hall recital, has been cancelled and that she and other Warner UK artists have been told to take their wares elsewhere. Surely, that can’t be so. It would be so uncivilised.
Even for Warner, which once shut down its entire classical operation on the strength of an overnight fax from Hollywood…