Record Labels Archives: Erato

Major Discoveries: Roussel’s Aeneas

Jean Martinon recorded a dazzling Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony for RCA, a performance never issued on C...

Historical Gems: A Lili Kraus Treasure Trove

Announcements about Erato’s boxed set devoted to the great pianist Lili Kraus (1903-1986) generated understandable anticipation ...

Historical Gems: Marcelle Meyer’s Genius Rameau

The legendary French pianist Marcelle Meyer’s 1953 cycle of Rameau’s complete keyboard music is a milestone of the piano disco...

DiDonato Sings Neapolitan Bel Canto–Gloriously

This bel canto fiesta is filled with mostly unknown pieces. The only familiar works are Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Bellini’s I...

Big Boxes: Pires’ Complete Erato Recordings

To mark Maria Joåo Pires’ 70th birthday in July 2014, Warner Classics has reissued the pianist’s entire output for the Erato ...

CD From Hell: Dreadful Riffs On Purcell From Pluhar

I’ve been a great fan of Christina Pluhar and her period-instrument-and-voice group, L’Arpeggiata, which frequently highlights...

A Priceless “Autograph” from Alexandre Tharaud

Once upon a time before recitals became all too serious, pianists would finish their programs with an encore, or two, or three. Or...

Mundane Verdi Requiem From Paris

This no-nonsense, quickly-paced Verdi Requiem (77 minutes as opposed to, say, Muti’s 89) solves the problem of whether to perfor...

Reference Recording: Martinon’s Roussel Symphony No. 2 and Spider’s Feast

On his return to France in the late 1960s after his stint with the Chicago Symphony, Jean Martinon devoted the remainder of his li...

COURT OF THE SUN KING

Overall, this is a decent, comprehensive collection of French Baroque music, with the added benefit of its very reasonable price--...