Record Labels Archives: 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--...

Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 4/Oramo

As if we needed more! Sakari Oramo knows his Sibelius well enough, but there's nothing about these performances that rises above t...

HOMMAGE À JANE BATHORI–The Inspiring Muse

On the evening of March 26, 1999, with Paris still awaiting the first real burst of spring, Dawn Upshaw sold out the Théâtre des...

Massenet: Suites/Gardiner

Massenet's orchestral works are shamefully neglected. If you like, say, Tchaikovsky's ballet suites, then you should love this ric...

Dutilleux: Chamber works

There are some distinguished names involved here (cellist David Geringas gives a finely controlled reading of Trois Strophes, and ...

An Alluring, Enchanting Midnight Mass

You'd think that Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Midnight Mass, in which the composer ingeniously incorporates 11 carol melodies into t...