Pavane: a court dance with two or four beats, of Spanish or Italian origin, in vogue in the 16th and 17th centuries. A slow and majestic dance, ...
For 25 years, Pavane is also an independent Belgian recording label, devoted exclusively to classical music.
Nearly 250 recordings have been published on compact disc. Many collaborations take place between the label and its artists. Prestigious laureats of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium such as Youri Egorov, Cyprien Katsaris, Rudolph Werthen, have found an ideal and trusted partner with Pavane for the realisation of the recording projects that they held dear. These were followed by other laureats such as Alexander Melnikov, Evgeny Moguilevsky, Mikhaïl Bezverkhny, Mikhaïl Petukhov, Janet Thompson, Liviu Prunaru, ...
The rediscovery of Belgian composers also figures in the editorial priorities of Pavane, which recently published the first world-wide complete recording of the piano music of Joseph Jongen, as well as his string quartets.
For a few years now, Bertrand de Wouters d'Oplinter has taken over the reins of the label, where one finds confirmed values as well as a new generation of artists.
Resolutely turned towards the future, Pavane is developping many new projects, notably a new series concentrating on old and baroque music (www.musica-ficta.com).
In a market which, more than ever, demands creativity, flexibility and high standards, Pavane thus succeeds in combining tradition and an opening toward the future.