Warner Classics has partnered with specialist classical streaming partnership Idagio on a deal that will make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.
The Idagio catalogue, which currently comprises more than 650,000 tracks, will feature all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato labels, as well as the complete catalogue, including recordings originally issued on EMI Classics and Teldec (now Warner Classics) and Virgin Classics (now Erato).
The full range of albums to be made available in the coming weeks includes artists such as Maria Callas, Yehudi Menuhin, Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan, alongside more recent releases from the likes of Philippe Jaroussky, Joyce DiDonato and Sir Simon Rattle. Among the major new releases to be featured on Idagio is the Complete Works of Claude Debussy, released for the centenary of the composer’s death.
Idagio will also feature exclusive playlists curated by Warner Classics and its artists, and will work closely with the label on additional initiatives.
Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO of Idagio, said: “Adding the complete Warner Classics catalogue will enable us to continue offering classical music lovers the streaming experience they want and deserve. Warner Classics and Erato are labels that, under the inspired leadership of Alain Lanceron, continue to buck the industry trend with their ambition and commitment to visionary A&R. A perfect example is Erato's recent award-winning recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.
“We are excited that we can now also offer legendary recordings, from Rostropovich to Du Pré, Harnoncourt to Rattle, and much more. All of these will be available, of course, in lossless sound and searchable through our unique interface.”
Alain Lanceron, president of Warner Classics and Erato, added: “We are happy to launch this strategic partnership with Idagio, a truly dedicated service for streaming classical music. Idagio has worked on a new model and technological solution to ensure enhanced search functionality, specialist curation and audio quality. They care as much about delivering quality and choice to the audience and the artistic community, as we do at Warner Classics and Erato. We are looking forward to an innovative and exciting collaboration with Idagio.”