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date: 10 April 2020


  • Pekka Gronow


Swedish record company. It was founded by Robert von Bahr (b Solna, 1943) in 1973. Bahr took degrees in law and music in Stockholm and appeared as a conductor and flautist. He established Grammofon AB BIS, known simply as BIS, after he had attempted to find a record company to release an album featuring his wife, the flautist Gunilla von Bahr. Record sales were growing in Sweden in the 1970s, but there was relatively little domestic production of classical music, and BIS gradually established itself as the leading label in its field in Sweden. Annual output has varied between 70 and 90 new albums; the company has a policy of keeping all its issues available. Its repertory has a Scandinavian bias, with complete surveys of Nielsen, Stenhammar, Sibelius, Kokkonen and Aho in progress during the 1990s. The company has also published an extensive selection of Baltic and Russian music including a planned complete Schnittke series. However, it also issues a wide selection of music from other countries, often works outside the standard repertory. It supports the idea of ‘original dynamics recordings’, with minimum interference from the sound engineer....

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