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About us

independent classical music

record company

About the BeArTon

Our independent classical music record company was launched in 1995 with the aim of recording unique and outstanding music performances.

One of our best achievements is the National Edition recording series of Frederic Chopin’s works in 16 music albums. The first such series of Chopin music interpretations in the world was recorded on the basis of the source notations in accordance with the composer’s intention. The series has won the recognition of Polish and foreign critics, as well as many awards and honours, such as the Polish Phonographic Academy Award FRYDERYK 2002 for the whole series, GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE Frederic Chopin Warsaw 2000 for Waltzes, GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE Frederic Chopin Warsaw 2005 for Rondos, GOLD DISCS for Ballades and Piano Concertos.

In 2000 BeArTon initiated a new recording series, the Pearls of Polish Music. Its goal is to present the performing events by the 21th-century standards, of important and outstanding music works selected from the thousand-year output of Polish music. Since 2004 this series has recorded in new format – the SACD hybrid version. It enjoys a steadily growing circle of audiences and enthusiast in Poland and abroad. As the National Edition series this one has won recognitions of Polish and foreign critics, as well as many awards, such as two FRYDERYK 2003 for Henryk Mikołaj Górecki`s album, FRYDERYK 2004 for Witold Lutosławski`s album, FRYDERYK 2008 for Mieczysław Karłowicz`s album and others.

Our passion is music

Who we are

Marek Wieronski

Marek Wieronski

Marek Wieroński

Founder and owner of the BeArTon

Graduated from the University of Warsaw. Musicologist, journalist, author, producer, and publisher. Founder and owner of the BeArTon label. Composer, member of the ZAiKS Authors’ Association.

As a journalist, associated with such journals and magazines as Jazz, Jazz-Forum, Ekran, Muzyka, Kultura, and Argumenty in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Concurrently, worked for the Polish Radio as a composer, music arranger, and recording session manager.

His compositions were played by the radio stations and competed in such festival programmes as Debuts and Premieres of the Polish Song Festival in Opole, as well as other national events. Winner of the XIX National Castle Meetings: Poetry Singing competition in Olsztyn. His co-operation with the Polish Television initially consisted in hosting the musical programmes entitled “Youth TV Screen.” Later, he was the Musical Manager of TV shows. In addition to creative work and writing, he produced stage shows, with the participation of popular singers, in 1973-1981. He also lectured and conducted music art workshops. After 1981, he signed contracts to work in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, and the USA.

During the XX century activity Marek Wieroński has been performing a number of social functions: member of the Verification Commission of the Ministry of Culture and Art; Vice Chairman of the STOMUR Association during three terms, and a co-founder of the Performing Artists’ Association STOART (SPAM, PSJ, and STOMUR), protecting the rights of the musicians of every genre: philharmonic, jazz or pop-music artists. As the President of the STOART Association (1995-1999), Marek Wieroński contributed to gaining membership in AEPO (Association of the European Performers’ Organisations) and expanded the STOART’s right protection package by inclusion of about 100,000 European musicians upon international contract negotiations. In 1998, he was appointed as an arbitrator of the Copyright Commission by the Minister of Culture and Art.

In the early 1990’s, Marek Wieroński was involved in symphonic music projects. He arranged the pieces by Chopin, Sting, and Modern Talking for an orchestra. They constituted repertoires of three albums recorded with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra. One of these albums, Chopin Fantasy, became very successful. It was sold in several dozen thousands of copies in Japan. The work on that album became an inspiration to continue Chopin recordings, but based on the most authentic sheet music, complying with the composer’s will. The recordings relied on the National Edition of complete works by Chopin, edited by Prof. Jan Ekier. That source edition took into account all the available resources and modern research methods.

The idea of recording all the works by Chopin, using the monumental national edition, initiated the activity of Marek Wieroński as a producer and publisher of classical music albums. For that purpose, he founded an independent Record Company BeArTon in 1995. He started to co-operate with Prof. Jan Ekier, The Foundation for the National Edition of the Works of Fryderyk Chopin, and a group of outstanding artists, including pianists: Stanisław Bunin, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Pobłocka, and Wojciech Świtała; violinists: Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Jakub Jakowicz, and Agata Szymczewska; cellists: Andrzej Bauer, Robert Cohen (from London), and Tomasz Strahl; singers: Adam Kruszewski, Olga Pasiecznik, Artur Ruciński, and Iwona Sobotka; groups: Ars Cantus, Aukso, Royal String Quartet, and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra; conductors: Jacek Kaspszyk, Jan Łukaszewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, and Marek Moś; choirs: The Polish Chamber Choir and The Polish Radio Choir.

High recording quality of the BeArTon albums is assured by world-class sound engineers : Julita Emanuiłow, Gabriela Blicharz, Andrzej Lupa, Lech Dudzik, and Zbigniew Kusiak. The label also co-operates with the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio and two presses: the Polish TAKT and the Austrian Sony DADC.

Prizes and awards

Music albums issued by Bearton won many awards and prizes.

1998

  • CDB005 Chopin – Polonaises – FRYDERYK nomination (Music Solo)
  • CDB006 Chopin – Scherzos, Variations, Berceuse – FRYDERYK nomination (Music Solo)

2000

  • CDB008 Chopin – Waltzes and other works – Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin (Solo Works)

2001

  • CDB018 The Best of Paderewski – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Orchestral Music)

2002

  • Fryderyk Chopin – National Edition – 12 volumes – FRYDERYK award (Album of the Year – Music Solo)
  1. CDB001 Chopin – Ballades, Fantaisie
  2. CDB002/003 Chopin – Nocturnes
  3. CDB005 Chopin – Polonaises
  4. CDB006 Chopin – Scherzos, Variations, Berceuse
  5. CDB007 Chopin – Etudes
  6. CDB008 Chopin – Waltzes and other works
  7. CDB009 Chopin – Preludes, Impromptus
  8. CDB010 Chopin – Sonatas
  9. CDB012/013 Chopin – Mazurkas
  10. CDB014 Chopin – Works for piano and orchestra
  11. CDB015 Chopin – Piano concertos
  12. CDB019 Chopin – Rondos, Allegro de concert
  • Fryderyk Chopin – National Edition – 12 volumes – FRYDERYK nomination (Special Category – Best Recording of Polish Music)
  1. CDB001 Chopin – Ballades, Fantaisie
  2. CDB002/003 Chopin – Nocturnes
  3. CDB005 Chopin – Polonaises
  4. CDB006 Chopin – Scherzos, Variations, Berceuse
  5. CDB007 Chopin – Etudes
  6. CDB008 Chopin – Waltzes and other works
  7. CDB009 Chopin – Preludes, Impromptus
  8. CDB010 Chopin – Sonatas
  9. CDB012/013 Chopin – Mazurkas
  10. CDB014 Chopin – Works for piano and orchestra
  11. CDB015 Chopin – Piano concertos
  12. CDB019 Chopin – Rondos, Allegro de concert
  • CDB020 Wojciech Kilar – FRYDERYK nomination (Contemporary Music Album of the Year)
  • CDB020 Wojciech Kilar – FRYDERYK nomination (Special Category – Best Recording of Polish Music)

2003

  • CDB024/25 Claude Debussy – Preludes – FRYDERYK nomination – (Album of the Year – Music solo)
  • CDB0026/27 CDB0026/27 Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – FRYDERYK award (Contemporary Music Album of the Year)
  • CDB0026/27 Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – FRYDERYK award (The Best Recording of Polish Music)

2004

  • CDB0017 Masterpieces of Gregorian Chant – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Vocal Music)
  • CDB030 Antonio Vivaldi – La quattro stagioni – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Orchestral Music)
  • CDB029 Lutosławski – FRYDERYK nomination (Contemporary Music Album of the Year)

2005

  • CDB019 Chopin – Rondos, Allegro de concert – Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin (Piano Works)
  • CDB031 Szymanowski – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Orchestral Music)
  • CDB031 Szymanowski – FRYDERYK nomination (The Best Recording of Polish Music)

2006

  • CDB034 Musica Divina – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Early Music)
  • CDB035 Quartets Moniuszko, Szymanowski, Bacewicz – FRYDERYK nomination (Chamber Music Album of the Year)
  • CDB036 The Best of Zarębski – FRYDERYK nomination (Chamber Music Album of the Year)
  • CDB035 Quartets Moniuszko, Szymanowski, Bacewicz – FRYDERYK nomination (The Best Recording of Polish Music)

2008

  • CDB037 Chopin – Polonaises [B] – FRYDERYK nomination (Album Roku – Music solo)
  • 2009
  • CDB039 Chopin Chamber Music – FRYDERYK nomination (Chamber Music – Album of the Year)
  • CDB043 Mieczysław Karłowicz – Violin Concerto, Eternal Songs – FRYDERYK award (Album of the Year – Symphonic and Concert)
  • CDB043 Mieczysław Karłowicz – Violin Concerto, Eternal Songs – FRYDERYK nomination (The Best Recording of Polish Music)

2010

  • CDB044 AUKSO – Bacewicz, Penderecki, Kancheli – FRYDERYK nomination (Contemporary Music – Album of the Year)

2011

  • CDB049 Chopin Aukso – FRYDERYK nomination (Album of the Year – Symphonic and Concert)
  • CDB049 Chopin Aukso – FRYDERYK award (The Best Recording of Polish Music)

2014

  • CDB052 Lutosławski vol. 2 – FRYDERYK – nomination (Album of the Year – Symphonic and Concert)

More information about the awards on the websites of the organizers of competitions.

Międzynarodowy Konkurs Płytowy Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin

International Record Competition
Grand Prix du Disque
Frédéric Chopin

The Polish Phonographic Academy Award FRYDERYK

The awarded and prized music albums issued by BeArTon

Recorded by BeArTon

The sound quality

The sound quality of our recordings attaches great importance. Therefore discs recorded by BeArTon are carried out by the best specialists in this field. They worked for us, among others:
Zbigniew Kusiak

Zbigniew Kusiak

Julita Froniłow

Julita Emanuiłow

Andrzej Lupa

Andrzej Lupa

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The quality of our recordings in the opinion of experts

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