(via Les Arts Florissants — harmonia mundi distribution)
“Les Arts Florissants, led by the great William Christie, have launched their new label with the goal of expanding the ensemble connection to the listening public. First performed in 1745, Belshazzar was frequently revised. Christie has chosen what he considers to be the most successful of the various versions, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendor. This deluxe set also includes a bonus essay by Jean Echenoz entitled “In Babylon”, printed separately on special paper and included alongside the regular booklet. This specially commissioned work draws the reader deep into the ancient, majestic city, the seat of power of Belshazzar the King. 
Coming up for the group in Spring 2014, is a performance of Rameau’s Platée at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on April 2. Their release schedule on the new label includes a March recording of le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, conducted by William Christie, which features French opera extracts from Rameau, Montéclair, Gluck, Dauvergne and more, and in May, the first volume of a 3-disc series of Monteverdi’s Madrigals, conducted by Paul Agnew…”
Click through to watch a making-of video!

(via Les Arts Florissants — harmonia mundi distribution)

Les Arts Florissants, led by the great William Christie, have launched their new label with the goal of expanding the ensemble connection to the listening public. First performed in 1745, Belshazzar was frequently revised. Christie has chosen what he considers to be the most successful of the various versions, resulting in the restoration of the piece in all its splendor. This deluxe set also includes a bonus essay by Jean Echenoz entitled “In Babylon”, printed separately on special paper and included alongside the regular booklet. This specially commissioned work draws the reader deep into the ancient, majestic city, the seat of power of Belshazzar the King. 

Coming up for the group in Spring 2014, is a performance of Rameau’s Platée at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on April 2. Their release schedule on the new label includes a March recording of le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, conducted by William Christie, which features French opera extracts from Rameau, Montéclair, Gluck, Dauvergne and more, and in May, the first volume of a 3-disc series of Monteverdi’s Madrigals, conducted by Paul Agnew…”

Click through to watch a making-of video!