Record Labels Archives: Harmonia Mundi

FranckFaust

Faust’s Franck and Chausson: Intimate or Merely Timid?

"French Chef" and food icon Julia Child had no patience for nonsense. When the idea of ridiculously priced, gourmet salt burst upo...

Martinu: A Mostly Fine Collection Of Orchestral Works

The back of the CD sleeve describes Martinu's Toccata e due canzoni, one of his major neo-Baroque masterpieces, as scored "for str...
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Javier Perianes’ Surefire Schubert Coupling

Question: What do pianists Victor Rosenbaum, Anna Malikova, Rudolf Buchbinder, Philippe Cassard, Jenö Jandó, Mikhail Kazakevich,...
Daphnis

An “Authentic” Daphnis?

This is a light, lively performance of Daphnis et Chloé based on a completely false premise. It could not be less atmospheric. Th...
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Period Instrument Schubert Trios From Harmonia Mundi

Nearly everything about these scrupulously prepared performances goes right in regard to tempo, balance, and ensemble calibration....
brahmsgoerne

Singular Voice, Exemplary Brahms

In sports there are awards for MVP or best player in this or that position, or there are world rankings to confirm greater or less...
partkanon

Pärt’s Canon of Repentance

It's rarely a positive sign when a review begins--or ends--with, "if you like this sort of thing you'll enjoy this program..."; bu...

Bach: Leipzig Christmas Cantatas; Magnificat

The reason to buy this set is for the Magnificat, the original but rarely recorded E-flat version from 1723, which certainly gets ...
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Stile Antico’s Jubilant Renaissance Christmas

In the first couple of decades after the advent of the CD, new and reissued Christmas releases were as plentiful as the stars in a...
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Daniel Harding’s (not-so-fantastic) Symphonie Fantastique

One wouldn’t ordinarily link Rameau and Berlioz, yet these disparate composers prove compatible disc mates. Indeed, the energy, ...