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BIS Records

BIS Records was founded in 1973 by Robert von Bahr, with the aim of helping world-class Swedish musicians to reach international audiences. Starting out with a Revox tape-recorder, two state-of-the-art microphones and a pair of non-magnetic scissors he immediately impressed connoisseurs by the natural sound of his recordings, and single-handedly built up a catalogue that could be exported all over the world.

Now in its 35th year, BIS is a flourishing and much respected label with more than 1.400 titles in stock – the only large record label to keep all its recordings constantly available. Going against the trend of the classical music business, BIS is expanding in various ways. With its present staff of 14 – including no less than six recording producers – BIS has become a leading player, yearly undertaking some 60 productions recorded all over the world: from Brazil to Japan, from Iceland to Australia.

This development is partly due to the universally recognized superior sound quality of its recordings, which include a growing number of high fidelity surround sound productions. The company’s reputation has attracted an impressive list of artists, including young high profile soloists such as pianist Yevgeny Sudbin and clarinettist Martin Fröst.

Another explanation lies in the label’s versatility. Ongoing projects include one of the most respected cycles of Bach Cantatas with period band Bach Collegium Japan as well as the highly praised series of Beethoven Symphonies with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra. But at the same time, BIS is one of the liveliest contemporary music labels, promoting composers such as Schnittke and Kalevi Aho, as well as the Scandinavian music label par excellence – the jewel in the crown being the ongoing complete edition of the works by Sibelius.