For months they have been looking disconsolate, not knowing what future they have on record, if any.
Warner had bought EMI and Virgin Classics, but not the names which remain the brand property of Universal.
Now, at last, a chink of light has appeared.
Philippe Jarousky. star counter-tenor on Virgin, has a record coming out in France in September.
It’s on Erato, a label bought by Warner in the early 1990s and discontinued a few years later.
It is being brought back to life to house EMI/Virgin product.
UPDATE: This story is still developing. Apparently Virgin artists, most of them French, will be absorbed by Erato. The EMI artists, led by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, will feature on hitherto all-but-defunct Warner Classics.