Warner Classics Says the Show Will Go On

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Responding to reports that Warner Classics is shutting down, the label has issued a statement saying it will "remain a key part of the Warner music family."

Warner Classics is being incorporated into Rhino, Warner's reissue division, but the company says Warner Classics will continue to release new recordings and develop its catalogue, which includes Teldec Classics and Erato Disques.

Prominent musicians who record on the Warner Classics label include pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, conductor Daniel Barenboim, mezzo Susan Graham, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and violinist Maxim Vengerov.

Rhino has managed Warner Classics in the United States for nearly three years. A statement said, "We do not expect the changes that have taken place in the U.K. to change the support given to the impressive Warner Classics catalogue or the anticipated new releases that are generated by the U.K. repertoire company. We remain committed to classical music and look forward to continuing to pioneer new ways to bring our content to consumers going forward."

Stefan Bown will replace the recently departed Matthew Cosgrove as general manager of Classics, reporting to Rhino U.K. director Nick Stewart.

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