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Nonesuch Records is currently a Warner Brothers Records subsidiary.

Founded as a budget classical label in 1964 by Jac Holzman, head of the then-independent Elektra Records, Nonesuch Records has grown over the last four-and-a-half decades to pursue a broad mission, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz, traditional American and world music, popular and alternative music, music theater and dance.

In a business filled with constant change, its leadership has been remarkably stable: two people—the late Tracey Sterne and, since 1984, Bob Hurwitz—have been at the helm for all but six years since its founding. Nonesuch, wrote the Boston Globe a few years back, is “an oasis of artistic excitement. When one picks up a Nonesuch CD, there is a sense of occasion, the feeling that the artists in question have been assembled not only as an exercise in star power, but as an exercise in artistic exploration.”

Though the face of Nonesuch has changed dramatically in the years since Tracey Sterne was leading the company, the label has retained many of its core aspects during its history. Above all, the label has remained committed to contemporary classical music during both the Sterne (George Crumb, Elliott Carter, William Bolcom) and Hurwitz (John Adams, Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski, Henryk Górecki) eras.

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