Benjamin Alard – a highly versatile musician

 Volume 9 of his complete cycle of Bach’s works for keyboard explores the composer’s prodigious output during the “happy years” he spent in Cöthen (1717-1723).

The present selection of masterpieces from that fruitful period has been recorded on a splendid three-manual Hass harpsichord (1740): Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, and three more English Suites. Benjamin Alard has also invited baritone Marc Mauillon to join him for a secular cantata that is as rarely heard as it is unique in Bach’s œuvre: Amore traditore. All told, a multifaceted programme that leaves nothing to be desired!

New Release April 19th

A world apart…

An acknowledged masterpiece of the cello repertoire, Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… finds a brilliant champion in Jean-Guihen Queyras. Alongside Gustavo Gimeno at the helm of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the cellist delivers a powerful and poetic reading of this major addition to the list of notable 20th-century concertos.

It is paired with two other works that are very much its equals in stature. Both the dazzling study of instrumental sonorities that is at the core of Métaboles and the rarely heard First Symphony are enhanced by the selfsame attention to detail—and by the sumptuous colour palette of the storied Luxembourg orchestra.


New Release April 12th

Restless and troubled

The year 1939. Alarmed by the imminent outbreak of war, Benjamin Britten composes a violin concerto of rare intensity, raw and at the same time highly personal. The upheavals of that time find a haunting echo in his music, a key aspect of this work for Isabelle Faust, who enlisted the help of Jakub Hrůša and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra for this major recording event: an absolute, albeit misunderstood, masterpiece that is in desperate need of rediscovery!

After her acclaimed recordings of music by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Berg, the violinist has partnered with Alexander Melnikov (piano) and her brother Boris Faust (viola) as they invite us to discover some beguiling examples of Britten’s chamber music.


New Release April 5th

A Life in Music

Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants embark on an ambitious and highly intriguing new project! Rather than approaching Bach’s output as being set in stone, an imposing monument for the ages, they invite us to accompany him on his life’s journey decade by decade, as fellow travellers observing his progress along the way. In this first instalment, we follow Bach the young ‘rock star’ making conquests from Arnstadt to Mühlhausen.

Each volume in the series will also feature a cantata by one of Bach’s most notable contemporaries (here, a work by Johann Kuhnau). A unique opportunity to better understand the imprint of Bach’s time on his music and to hear what made his voice, always so personal and so original, stand out.

Classical Album of the Week / THE TIMES *****

New release: 29 March 2024

Resplendent Handel!

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor, under the incisive and nuanced direction of Justin Doyle, bring us a dazzling reading of three early masterpieces of Handel’s sacred music. An album that has already garnered a TTTT rating from Télérama!

It was in Rome, where he resided between 1707 and 1710, that the young musical genius composed these dazzling psalm settings. Highlighting this composer’s masterful blend of profound spirituality and vibrant theatricality, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor, along with the luminous Carolyn Sampson in the Laudate pueri, deliver a wonderfully fresh listening experience.

New Release March 15th

Royal Couperin!

Pierre Gallon and Matthieu Boutineau invite us to discover François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux in a version for two harpsichords—a rare combination, yet one that was especially dear to the court composer to the Sun King.

In a reading at once brilliant and moving, the two performers join forces to bring out all the poetry, tenderness, gaiety, and inexhaustible invention of this astonishing collection. This journey into a world at the juncture of the waning Grand Siècle and the dawning age of the Enlightenment marks Pierre Gallon’s first solo project for harmonia mundi.

New Release March 8th

“Love potion” turned into nectar.

In this programme of Wagner opera scenes transcribed for piano solo – but taking full advantage of the instrument’s sumptuous sonority – Nikolai Lugansky highlights the astonishing dramatic and emotional impact of each excerpt. An impressive panorama of the essentials of the composer’s output!

Traversing through some of the most poignant moments in the Ring cycle, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal, Lugansky the virtuoso poet of the keyboard honours the profoundly human dimension of Wagner’s iconic legacy, which encompasses love, betrayal, sacrifice, and the quest for the absolute…

New Release February 23th

Three gems of musical neoclassicism

Ranging from the Italy of the “commedia dell’arte” depicted in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella to the picaresque Spain evoked in Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto and chamber opera (El retablo de maese Pedro), this exhilarating programme takes us on a delightful journey into musical neoclassicism!

Pablo Heras-Casado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra explore the colourful and multifaceted world of Stravinsky’s and Falla’s music of the 1920s. Among the attractions is Benjamin Alard’s use of a sumptuous Pleyel harpsichord dating from that period and of the type which Wanda Landowska played at the Falla premieres.

New Release February 16th

Vivaldi, all life long!

Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Le Consort invite us to follow the thread that runs through representative instrumental compositions of the ‘red-haired priest.’ Starting with the earliest concertos he wrote in Venice and ending with his final works composed in Vienna, follow their fanciful itinerary that illustrates the myriad facets of Antonio Vivaldi.

Whether it is the music for which he is now beloved (such as the initial version of the ‘Summer’ Concerto from The Four Seasons) or his previously unrecorded compositions (including sonatas, sinfonias, and concertos), Vivaldi never ceased to innovate within established genres, musical forms, and timbres. A portrait of the composer who holds special significance for Théotime Langlois de Swarte, this double album has already joined a bevy of the most streamed classical releases and garnered both a Choc de Classica and a Trophée Radio Classique award!

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Upcoming albums, projects, life of the label…

Gabriel Fauré, 1924-2024

A pair of notable releases and a live concert to brighten the horizon…

To commemorate the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death, harmonia mundi has two forthcoming releases recorded on keyboard instruments dating from the composer’s lifetime. First up is a choice selection of his song cycles (L’Horizon chimérique, La Bonne Chanson, and more) performed by Stéphane Degout and Alain Planès. This will be followed by Aline Piboule’s recording of Nocturnes and Barcarolles, to complement her live recital programme titled Fauré ou Le Dernier amour, featuring French author Pascal Quignard as narrator and touring throughout France.


A new partnership

Harmonia mundi welcomes the four-hand piano duo of PAVEL KOLESNIKOV and SAMSON TSOY!

Praised for the “electrifying intimacy” of their playing (The Guardian), the pianists will make their piano-duo debut at Carnegie Hall on February 13, followed soon after by their first recording for harmonia mundi. Prior to that, they can also be heard at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at De Doelen in Rotterdam, and at Wigmore Hall in London. Both artists enjoy flourishing solo careers, and Pavel can already boast an impressive discography as a soloist (Hyperion). With performances ranging from La Roque d’Anthéron to projects choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, it is their highly nuanced approach that the duo Kolesnikov-Tsoy bring to works by Franz Schubert and Leonid Desyatnikov. We can hardly wait!

SCHUBERT: Divertissement à la hongroise, D.818 and Fantasie in F minor, D.940
DESYATNIKOV: Trompe-l’œil (world premiere recording)
Available in June 2024

Stradivari collection offers a miraculous return to life…

When incomparable instruments that are centuries old leave their storage and come alive under the fingers of today’s finest performers!

Over the past few years, harmonia mundi has established a close partnership with the Museum of Music housed at the Paris Philharmonie. Under the umbrella of the Stradivari collection, outstanding performers are invited to discover and play on the museum’s priceless instruments, lovingly restored and maintained by a team of curators and conservators. Each release in the series is conceived as an encounter between the instrument and the performer, featuring the repertoire perfectly suited to both. This partnership has already borne exceptional fruit, as you may sample for yourself here or by visiting the Paris Philharmonie’s website.

Gabriel Fauré, Nocturnes and Barcarolles  

A new partnership

harmonia mundi welcomes the HANSON QUARTET.

Formed in 2013 in Paris, the Hanson Quartet has forged a distinct identity by embracing a wide spectrum of musical horizons, notably focussing on the Viennese masters of the quartet genre, while maintaining the imprint of the French school of chamber music playing. Boasting a keen curiosity and a number of international awards, including at the Geneva Competition, the Hanson Quartet is supported by the Singer-Polignac Foundation and the Banque Populaire Foundation and has performed around the world. For their harmonia mundi debut, its members will be joined by their fellow Frenchman Adam Laloum in Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet Op. 44, paired with his three String Quartets of Op. 41. Not to be missed!


Pygmalion in the studio…

Recording the Mozart Requiem.

Fall of 2023 was notable for a recording that holds special import for the performers, for harmonia mundi… and for all Raphaël Pichon fans, without a doubt. Four years after taking part in Romeo Castellucci’s acclaimed staging of the Requiem at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the musicians of Pygmalion were keen to capture their reading of Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece in the studio. This endeavor, which is both collective and very personal, leans on our own perception of death and our environment, paradoxically allowing the score to regain a universality that transcends styles, eras, and genres.

REQUIEM – forthcoming release (VINYL | CD | BLU-RAY DISC)

Musical dialogue

William Christie revisits a cherished composer in this enticing programme of Gaspard Le Roux’s music for two harpsichords, performed in partnership with a notable guest artist: Justin Taylor

A rare phenomenon in the realm of French music for harpsichord, Gaspard Le Roux composed works of uncommon originality and sumptuousness as the reign of Louis XIV came to a close. Juxtaposing his Suites with pieces by Lully, Marais, and François Couperin, William Christie and Justin Taylor have found the ideal alchemy to do full justice to the myriad colours of these works, as virtuosic as they are rich in inspiration.




Just in time for Spring 🌱

Discover harmonia mundi’s forthcoming releases!

Among the most notable titles being released this Spring are Couperin’s Concerts Royaux to introduce the brilliant harpsichordist Pierre Gallon (partnered by Matthieu Boutineau) to the label, plus Wagner transcriptions performed by Nikolai Lugansky, a major Britten release featuring Isabelle Faust and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dutilleux works performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Luxembourg Philharmonic, as well as our first contribution to mark the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death: his greatest vocal cycles (Mirages, La Bonne Chanson, L’Horizon Chimérique) performed by Stéphane Degout and Alain Planès.

If you wish to learn more, click here!

PROMS : Requiem de Mozart / Pygmalion

Forthcoming albums

Discover the harmonia mundi releases for the first half of 2024!

Among the highlights of the coming months: Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie—a monumental work that is all too rarely heard—here in the expert hands of Gustavo Gimeno at the helm of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (an exclusive new partnership); a selection of Vivaldi concertos—“Concerti per una vita”—in Théotime Langlois de Swarte’s eagerly awaited new recording at the head of Le Consort; Couperin’s Concerts Royaux to introduce the brilliant harpsichordist Pierre Gallon (partnered by Matthieu Boutineau) to the label; as well as Wagner transcriptions performed by Nikolai Lugansky, Britten works featuring Isabelle Faust, Dutilleux with Jean-Guihen Queyras, and a period-instrument reading of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is bound to become a new benchmark.

Explore our release schedule here!

Jean-Guihen Queyras

returns with a suite treat!

Following several years of worldwide touring with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas dance company, Jean-Guihen Queyras returned to the recording studio to deliver a second reading of J.S. Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. Sixteen years after his first, unforgettable recording of these same suites, the cellist felt compelled to revisit this inexhaustible musical source, which was also the subject of his recent book, Bach: Les Suites en partage (conversations avec Emmanuel Reibel). Album release scheduled for fall 2024.

Dolby Atmos sound

is present on many new releases and re-releases by harmonia mundi..

No less than 18 new releases are announced in Dolby Atmos format on the label in 2024. Find the complete list of releases in this format in our Topics.

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Now 65, the label cultivates an insolent youth. Exploring new repertoires, broadening our horizons, developing young talent and constantly striving for excellence: this is harmonia mundi’s motto. We are demanding, passionate and proud of our independence. This is our story…

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