A Swiss reference
Claves is a Swiss classical music record label (maison de disques suisse / Schweizer Musik Label), founded in 1968 in Thun.
Dedicated to every kind of classical music, Claves likes to give priority to young artists, renowned musicians playing rare repertoires, Swiss interpreters and composers, works previously unreleased on CD, and historical re-releases.
An independent label
The independent label’s fame was first acquired thanks to two Swiss interpreters who are still active today: pianist, harpsichordist and conductor Jörg Ewald Dähler and flautist Peter-Lukas Graf, who made many recordings that are still in great demand today, especially in the Eastern countries.
Later on, the label had the privilege to develop a close association with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Teresa Berganza and Ernst Haefliger. On the orchestral side, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne) and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra all regularly record with Claves.
Some special partnership
In the 1980’s, Claves enjoyed a very special partnership with Swiss conductor Marcello Viotti – shooting star of the conducting world, guest of the greatest lyrical scenes such as the MET, Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Fenice, etc. – resulting in a series of first releases of single act Rossini operas.
The Duo Crommelynck also marked this period with an important series of recordings embracing almost all the piano duet (four hands) repertoire; they had completed their final Schubert recording just months before their tragic death in 1994.
Discovering new talents
Claves, besides its numerous baroque music recordings, are also interpretation pioneers, with artists ranging from the historical to the most recent ones, such as Swiss conductor and organist Diego Fasolis.
Publishing amazing archives
The publication of archives, together with the Radio Télévision Suisse (Swiss broadcasting corporation), is one of the label’s strong points, with a fabulous catalogue: Haskil, Milstein, Michelangeli, Gilels, Kogan, Magaloff, Francescati, Stern, Grumiaux and Van Cliburn.
As for young artists, the label pursues intense collaborations with the likes of Nicolas Altstaedt, Mélodie Zhao, Cédric Pescia, Xavier de Maistre and Corey Cerovsek.
An important catalog nowadays
The catalogue today includes almost 550 recordings, all available on CD in about twenty countries, and, since 2007, on the world wide online market (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, etc.). Thanks to this, Claves’ public has grown impressively with regular sales in over 50 countries, and streaming in over 200 countries and territories.
Feel free to contact us: info(at)claves.ch
In our new website you can find every available CD at a lower price produced by Claves Records, Swiss classical label since 1968. All our albums are available online. In Switzerland, you can order today and receive your albums tomorrow (except weekend). Of course, we also deliver our CDs worldwide. You can pay online with Paypal, Credit Card, Bank wire or invoice (for Switzerland only).
No registration is needed, but you can easily create your own account to process your information at any time ! Feel free to contact us for more information or any requests.
New: Free shipping worldwide ! (the customs fees stay at the customer's charge)
Shipping: Until 2 (single) albums, the CDs are usually sent in priority (depending on the destination's country). Orders made before 11:00 AM will arrive in Switzerland next day (except weekends and holidays). For other countries, the delay could be a bit longer (Europe 2-4 days). Outside Europe is not informed.
More than 2 albums is usually sent in Economy.
You can now pay through our Bank account too ! Swiss orders will be sent attached with an invoice at 10 days.
Other countries: Prepayment will be required.
Important information: Our stock is updated every day at 09:30 am UTC+1, except during week-ends and holidays. If ordering an out of stock product, we will contact you immediately per email and your payment will be refunded as soon as possible.
We do not add some over taxes for all our payment options.
Read the interview from 2018 of Patrick Peikert, CEO of Claves, talking about the new streaming market and the great debut of the first album of Guillaume Bellom..