Founded in 1973, BIS Records belongs to the most highly respected classical labels in the world, praised for the sound quality of its recordings – whether released on regular CDs or as Hybrid SACDs with optional surround sound – and for the versatility and variety of its catalogue, which to date includes more than 1700 titles.
A Musical Chameleon
BIS is the only large record label to keep all its recordings constantly available – with repertoire ranging from the most contemporary to music of the Middle Ages, and from mainstream classical (the Three Bs ...) to the downright esoteri. Commited to undertake – and complete! – projects of daunting complexity – such as the Sibelius Edition with its 68 discs documenting every note the Finnish master ever wrote, and the soon-to-be concluded 55-disc series of Bach's sacred cantatas, recorded in a chapel in Kobe, Japan, by the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki – also shows BIS being a truly international label.
With its headquarters in Sweden, BIS makes recordings all over the world, including Singapore, Sydney, São Paulo, Minneapolis, Rotterdam, Cologne, Vienna ... and a certain medieval church 80km north of Stockholm, loved by musicians such as Dame Emma Kirkby, Ronald Brautigam and New York Polyphony.