NEW RELEASE 21 JUNE

Schubert meets his doppelgänger

In their first recording for harmonia mundi, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy deliver deeply poetic readings of two masterpieces of the four-hand piano repertoire: Franz Schubert’s celebrated Fantasie in F minor and his remarkable Divertissement à la hongroise.

By way of counterpoint, they present the world premiere recording of Leonid Desyatnikov’s Trompe-l’oeil — written expressly for the duo and conceived as a “reflection” of Schubert’s Fantasy. A dazzling “hall of mirrors” that’s not to be missed.

 

NEW RELEASE 14th JUNE

A journey from dusk to dawn

In a splendid programme ranging from Mahler to Korngold, via Humperdinck, Berg, and Braunfels, baritone Samuel Hasselhorn and conductor Łukasz Borowicz invite us to discover some of the gems of Austro-German music written at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Mingling hopefulness and disillusionment, this recording features orchestral lieder and opera arias that are among the most typical examples of the genre from a fin-de-siècle period marked by aesthetic innovations. A superb panorama of a musical epoch — and a showcase for a versatile young talent!

NEW RELEASE: 31 MAY 2024

Paul Lewis plays Schubert

An outstanding interpreter of Schubert, Paul Lewis has been exploring that composer’s body of work for nearly 15 years, recording this repertoire exclusively for harmonia mundi. The essential Schubert recordings of his entire career are now collected together in this box set.

Equal parts poet and virtuoso, Paul Lewis has made unforgettable recordings of Schubert’s late piano sonatas, Wanderer-Fantasie, Moments musicaux, and both books of Impromptus. Assembled together for the first time, these readings are among the modern milestones in the entire Schubert catalogue.

New Release May 24th

A radiant Schumann

The young musicians of the Hanson Quartet offer an exhilarating reading of Robert Schumann’s three string quartets, Op. 41. As a luxurious extra, to record his luminous Piano Quintet, Op. 44, the foursome has also been joined by a friendly partner, Adam Laloum, at the keyboard.

Far from the dark, tortured image often associated with Schumann’s music, the works on this double album testify to an astonishingly serene period in his life. An excellent subject for the Hanson Quartet’s first recording on the harmonia mundi label!

 

New Release: May 17

A master of French art song

The mélodies composed by Gabriel Fauré are among the finest in the whole repertoire of French art song. Taking full advantage of the remarkable sonorities of an 1892 Pleyel grand piano, Stéphane Degout and Alain Planès explore some of his indelible song cycles.

From his Poème d’un jour to the testamentary L’Horizon chimérique, the genre of the mélodie accompanied the composer’s life like a kind of personal journal. Dreams, nostalgia, reflections or mirages…find their expression in this music that encompasses the myriad landscapes of the soul.

NEW RELEASE MAY 3rd

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.

DIAPASON D’OR
CHOC CLASSICA

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.

DIAPASON D’OR ARTE

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…

Latest New Releases

Upcoming albums, projects, life of the label…

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

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.

L’HORIZON CHIMÉRIQUE, LA BONNE CHANSON: AVAILABLE 17 MAY 2024
NOCTURNES & BARCAROLLES: AVAILABLE 23 AUGUST 2024 (STRADIVARI COLLECTION)

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.

NEXT RELEASE AVAILABLE AUGUST 2024:
Gabriel Fauré, Nocturnes and Barcarolles  

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.

AVAILABLE JUNE 28, 2024

 

Summer Releases

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!

J.S. BACH | B. ALARD

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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