Delphian Wins 2014 Gramophone Award for Label of The Year - harmonia mundi distribution
"Delphian is delighted to announce that Gramophone Magazine has awarded it the prestigious Label of the Year 2014 accolade. Owned, managed and curated by Paul Baxter, Delphian has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most-talked-about independents in the UK. The business was launched in 2000, when two Edinburgh University graduates approached forward-thinking individuals for aid in founding a classical record label in Edinburgh. Baxter’s aim was to promote the already-rich artistic activities that take place in Scotland and in Edinburgh during its famous International Festival in August. He has since built a catalogue focused on chamber music, choral, vocal, and instrumental repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.
The carefully curated catalogue now numbers over 150 titles, almost every one of which has been produced by Baxter himself. With a focus on chamber music, choral and organ music, keyboard works (particularly using historically important instruments), and roots/folk projects with a Scottish accent, Delphian is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to programming and its firm support for new music.
Commending Delphian on its remarkable achievements in 2014, Gramophone Editor in Chief, James Jolly writes: ‘A timely focus on Scotland in a less divisive light! Imagination, courage, style and very high production values have produced a stream of magnificent recordings this year - four have received Gramophone’s Editor Choice accolade. And we’re delighted to salute this small label with grand designs!’
Click through to see the Editor’s Choice releases.

Delphian Wins 2014 Gramophone Award for Label of The Year - harmonia mundi distribution

"Delphian is delighted to announce that Gramophone Magazine has awarded it the prestigious Label of the Year 2014 accolade. Owned, managed and curated by Paul Baxter, Delphian has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most-talked-about independents in the UK. The business was launched in 2000, when two Edinburgh University graduates approached forward-thinking individuals for aid in founding a classical record label in Edinburgh. Baxter’s aim was to promote the already-rich artistic activities that take place in Scotland and in Edinburgh during its famous International Festival in August. He has since built a catalogue focused on chamber music, choral, vocal, and instrumental repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.

The carefully curated catalogue now numbers over 150 titles, almost every one of which has been produced by Baxter himself. With a focus on chamber music, choral and organ music, keyboard works (particularly using historically important instruments), and roots/folk projects with a Scottish accent, Delphian is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to programming and its firm support for new music.

Commending Delphian on its remarkable achievements in 2014, Gramophone Editor in Chief, James Jolly writes: ‘A timely focus on Scotland in a less divisive light! Imagination, courage, style and very high production values have produced a stream of magnificent recordings this year - four have received Gramophone’s Editor Choice accolade. And we’re delighted to salute this small label with grand designs!’

Click through to see the Editor’s Choice releases.

Opera Rara Releases First Complete Studio Recording of “Fantasio” - harmonia mundi distribution
“‘Opera Rara have done the piece proud … Sarah Connolly’s understated Fantasio was very much the refined dreamer, though the real vocal honours belonged to Brenda Rae’s spectacularly sung Elsbeth … Mark Elder conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with infinite sensitivity’ - The Guardian (December 16, 2013 concert review)
harmonia mundi is excited to announce the next release from Opera Rara, the prestigious British label that has been revitalizing forgotten 19th-century operatic repertoire for over 40 years.  The label’s new release, available on October 14, is the first complete studio recording of Fantasio, one of Offenbach’s most beautiful and refined works.  A heady cocktail of charm, gracefulness and gentle melancholy, of bad-tempered jokes and poetry, Fantasio marks the crucial step in Offenbach’s path towards The Tales of Hoffmann.  Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara’s Artistic Director, the cast is led by spectacular performances from Sarah Connolly and the outstanding young American soprano Brenda Rae. Sir Mark Elder explains:  “For me, reviving these operas involves the opportunity to work with the most talented singers and the finest orchestras, recording and performing these works with the accuracy and artistic brilliance they deserve. Put simply, my aim is to bring the best of the unfairly neglected operas back to life and to perform them at the highest possible level…” (click through for article)

Opera Rara Releases First Complete Studio Recording of “Fantasio” - harmonia mundi distribution

“‘Opera Rara have done the piece proud … Sarah Connolly’s understated Fantasio was very much the refined dreamer, though the real vocal honours belonged to Brenda Rae’s spectacularly sung Elsbeth … Mark Elder conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with infinite sensitivity’ 
- The Guardian (December 16, 2013 concert review)

harmonia mundi is excited to announce the next release from Opera Rara, the prestigious British label that has been revitalizing forgotten 19th-century operatic repertoire for over 40 years.  The label’s new release, available on October 14, is the first complete studio recording of Fantasio, one of Offenbach’s most beautiful and refined works.  A heady cocktail of charm, gracefulness and gentle melancholy, of bad-tempered jokes and poetry, Fantasio marks the crucial step in Offenbach’s path towards The Tales of Hoffmann.  Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara’s Artistic Director, the cast is led by spectacular performances from Sarah Connolly and the outstanding young American soprano Brenda Rae. Sir Mark Elder explains:  “For me, reviving these operas involves the opportunity to work with the most talented singers and the finest orchestras, recording and performing these works with the accuracy and artistic brilliance they deserve. Put simply, my aim is to bring the best of the unfairly neglected operas back to life and to perform them at the highest possible level…” (click through for article)

(via The new Stile Antico release extends their repertoire beyond the church - National Classical Music | Examiner.com)
"At the beginning of this month, the British a cappella ensemble Stile Antico pursued a major shift in repertoire with the release of its latest recording on the harmonia mundi label. The title of that recording is From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg. This amounted to a major shift in focus from past attention to sacred music, as could be found in their 2012 release, Passion and Resurrection, whose subtitle was Music Inspired by Holy Week, and last year’s survey of Tudor church music, The Phoenix Rising…
The core ensemble consists of only twelve voices, three each in the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass ranges. When the number of voices of counterpoint rises, an additional singer is added to one or more of the sections. The result is an exquisitely transparent account of how counterpoint was practiced in the sixteenth century; and, while the secular shares space with the sacred on this recording, the sacred selections are still the ones that shine the brightest. As to the Habsburg influence itself, it is mildly interesting to note that any selections written for a particular member of the dynasty were composed for funerals (which is also the subject matter of the album cover)…”

(via The new Stile Antico release extends their repertoire beyond the church - National Classical Music | Examiner.com)

"At the beginning of this month, the British a cappella ensemble Stile Antico pursued a major shift in repertoire with the release of its latest recording on the harmonia mundi label. The title of that recording is From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg. This amounted to a major shift in focus from past attention to sacred music, as could be found in their 2012 release, Passion and Resurrection, whose subtitle was Music Inspired by Holy Week, and last year’s survey of Tudor church music, The Phoenix Rising…

The core ensemble consists of only twelve voices, three each in the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass ranges. When the number of voices of counterpoint rises, an additional singer is added to one or more of the sections. The result is an exquisitely transparent account of how counterpoint was practiced in the sixteenth century; and, while the secular shares space with the sacred on this recording, the sacred selections are still the ones that shine the brightest. As to the Habsburg influence itself, it is mildly interesting to note that any selections written for a particular member of the dynasty were composed for funerals (which is also the subject matter of the album cover)…”

The Tokyo String Quartet's Beethoven: Complete String Quartets in The heraldscotland: http://ow.ly/Bwyfd "Harmonia Mundi has gathered these and reissued them, for the first time in SACD and first time in a boxed set of eight CDs…the glorious Tokyo cycle will hold its place forever as a revered collectors’ jewel."Available now on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Bwz3y

The Tokyo String Quartet's Beethoven: Complete String Quartets in The heraldscotlandhttp://ow.ly/Bwyfd 

"Harmonia Mundi has gathered these and reissued them, for the first time in SACD and first time in a boxed set of eight CDs…the glorious Tokyo cycle will hold its place forever as a revered collectors’ jewel."

Available now on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Bwz3y

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Stile Antico interviewed on Presto Classical: http://ow.ly/BrUtV "The far-ranging patronage of the Hapsburgs allowed a dialogue between composers of different nations. You can hear the influence of the Flemish style of Gombert, with its close points of imitation and crunching ‘false relations’ in Thomas Tallis’ Loquebantur variis linguis, thought to have been composed for the joint choirs of the Spanish Capilla Flamenca and the English Chapel Royal. The Capilla Flamenca, who flourished under Charles V, nurtured the talents of Flemish musicians. But it is clear from the wonderful works of Cristobal de Morales and others that the talents of the singers and composers from the Low Countries quickly rubbed off on the local Spanish. So there was certainly a great amount of cross-pollination among composers of different nationalities."From The Imperial Court on iTunes: http://ow.ly/BfUbn Amazon: http://ow.ly/BfUg9

Stile Antico interviewed on Presto Classicalhttp://ow.ly/BrUtV 

"The far-ranging patronage of the Hapsburgs allowed a dialogue between composers of different nations. You can hear the influence of the Flemish style of Gombert, with its close points of imitation and crunching ‘false relations’ in Thomas Tallis’ Loquebantur variis linguis, thought to have been composed for the joint choirs of the Spanish Capilla Flamenca and the English Chapel Royal. The Capilla Flamenca, who flourished under Charles V, nurtured the talents of Flemish musicians. But it is clear from the wonderful works of Cristobal de Morales and others that the talents of the singers and composers from the Low Countries quickly rubbed off on the local Spanish. So there was certainly a great amount of cross-pollination among composers of different nationalities."

From The Imperial Court on iTunes: http://ow.ly/BfUbn Amazon: http://ow.ly/BfUg9

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts “Carmen” with The Metropolitan Opera beginning September 30! Performances run October 4, 9, 13, 17, 23, 28 and November 1. http://ow.ly/BrhsJ
"Elina Garanca and Anita Rachvelishvili…share the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko, Roberto Alagna, and Jonas Kaufmann take turns playing Carmen’s desperate lover, Don José."

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts “Carmen” with The Metropolitan Opera beginning September 30! Performances run October 4, 9, 13, 17, 23, 28 and November 1. http://ow.ly/BrhsJ

"Elina Garanca and Anita Rachvelishvili…share the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko, Roberto Alagna, and Jonas Kaufmann take turns playing Carmen’s desperate lover, Don José."

The Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana makes her Spivey Hall debut at Clayton State University on September 28! http://ow.ly/Brdc8 She also gives a Cliburn Concert on September 30 at Bass Performance Hall in Ft Worth, TX: http://ow.ly/Brdzm 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on iTunes: http://ow.ly/Bre1Z Amazon: http://ow.ly/Brede

The Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana makes her Spivey Hall debut at Clayton State University on September 28! http://ow.ly/Brdc8 

She also gives a Cliburn Concert on September 30 at Bass Performance Hall in Ft Worth, TX: http://ow.ly/Brdzm 

14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on iTunes: http://ow.ly/Bre1Z Amazon: http://ow.ly/Brede

Sean Chen performs with The Mid-Texas Symphony this Sunday at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin, TX: http://ow.ly/Ai9kC He plays next on September 26 with The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at Butler University: http://ow.ly/BraEk 

Sean Chen performs with The Mid-Texas Symphony this Sunday at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin, TX: http://ow.ly/Ai9kC 

He plays next on September 26 with The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at Butler Universityhttp://ow.ly/BraEk 

#throwbackThursday Listen to “Imogen Holst’s Choral Works” by the The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge with Graham Ross, from 2012. Amazon: http://ow.ly/BoWuz iTunes: http://ow.ly/BoWEU "Highest possible recommendation." - Fanfare"striking and original, like nothing else" - GramophoneThe Choir’s US tour begins on Sept 22 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA! Full schedule: http://ow.ly/BoWmK

#throwbackThursday Listen to “Imogen Holst’s Choral Works” by the The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge with Graham Ross, from 2012. Amazon: http://ow.ly/BoWuz iTunes: http://ow.ly/BoWEU 

"Highest possible recommendation." - Fanfare
"striking and original, like nothing else" - Gramophone

The Choir’s US tour begins on Sept 22 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA! Full schedule: http://ow.ly/BoWmK