CLARTON, spol. s r.o., Music Publisher and Record Company, was established in 1993. The company’s main activity is publishing – production of sound recordings, mostly at CD carriers.
The company focuses onclassical and concert wind music. Right from its inception, it has placed great emphasis on recording quality, from the choice of top performers through top recording teams to quality copies. An unusual degree of attention is given to the content and presentation of all printed matter.
The publisher’s catalogue contains around 50 top quality recordings by leading Czech artists, among whom are singers Eva Urbanová, Dagmar Pecková, Lucie Bílá, Zdena Kloubová, the violinists Pavel Šporcl, Josef Suk, Ivan Ženatý, Jaroslav Svěcený, the pianist Jan Simon, the harpist Jana Boušková, the conductors Jiří Bělohlávek with the Prague Philharmonia and Vladimír Válekwith the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Choir, the Ústřední hudba Armády České republiky, the Castle Guard and Czech Police Orchestra and many others.
Aside from popular compositions by mainly Czech composers, the publishers also focus on as yet unissued titles from all the musical epochs. Its greatest successes have been with the set of harp concerts by the 18th century Czech composer Jan Křtitel Krumpholtz with Jana Boušková, the American Flag cantata by Antonín Dvořák issued on CD for the first time with a star cast (including, among others, Eva Urbanová), the newly rediscovered wind quintet by Antonín Rejcha, the immensely popular Czech who emigrated to France in the 18th century (performed by members of the Czech Philharmonic) and many others. The recordings of concert wind music have received great praise for their quality, especially abroad (the Classics, Czech Classics and Prague Panorama titles). The newest editions currently under preparation are popular thematic compilations and sets intended for the widest public and foreign tourists.
The greatest selling recordings the publisher has ever issued are Ave Maria, containing the most famous interpretation of this spiritual song (with Zdena Kloubová (soprano) and Vladimír Roubal (organ)) and Smetana’s My Homeland with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimír Válek (creating along with Dvořák’s New World the very popular set entitled Czech Golden Treasure).