Record Labels Archives: Harmonia Mundi

Couperin’s Ethereal Apothéoses

Sometime in the 1980s an ensemble called Fretwork released a recording that captured the sound and style of viol consort music as ...

Almost Ideal CPE Bach Concertos

C.P.E. Bach's Six Concertos Wq 43 constitute some of the most ear-catching and formally entrancing works of their period (1772). F...

Emanuel Bach’s Marvelous Mag

"Magnificent". Far from just a convenient, catchy word to identify a setting of the Magnificat, in this case it perfectly describe...

Gaffigan’s Second Rate Dvorák

James Gaffigan leads a performance of Dvorák's Sixth Symphony that is careful, musical, but virtually devoid of character. Its di...

Reference Recording: Martin’s Marvelous Mass

Frank Martin's Mass, completed in 1926, premiered in 1963, and now perhaps his most frequently performed work, usually is describe...

Padmore’s Proximate Serenade

Tenor Mark Padmore is a world-class singer who has made some very fine recordings, earning our highest praise (and rating) for his...

Anomalous Anonymous 4

The names have changed, and they've stayed the same--Anonymous 4 founding member Ruth Cunningham left a number of years ago and wa...

CD From Hell: Scherchen Butchers The Suite From Mahler’s Fifth

This legendary release captures a 1965 live performance of Mahler's Fifth, or rather a version so cut that it amounts to an extend...

Stile Antico Rising

Here's one that somehow slipped out of last year's review lineup, but deserves not to be missed by anyone who loves what's known a...

Bernarda Fink’s Puzzling Mahler Songs

Bernarda Fink is a wonderful Lieder singer, and Harmonia Mundi is an excellent label. So what's wrong with this recital? Why do I ...