The Info List - Sony Classical

Classical Records (also known simply as Sony
Classical) is an American record label founded in 1927 as Columbia Masterworks Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Records.[1] 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, Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
and John Williams. Columbia Records
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
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 as CBS
Masterworks Records, but in 1990, after CBS
Records was acquired by Sony, it was renamed Sony
Classical Records; its logo echoes the "Magic Notes" logo that was Columbia's emblem until 1954. 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 released through Masterworks Broadway Records, and as the name of Sony Music
Sony Music
Entertainment's classical music division, Sony
Masterworks. The Sony
Classical label is listed today as a sister label of Masterworks. See also[edit]

List of record labels