Record Labels Archives: Harmonia Mundi

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Smart Program, Fine Singing Celebrate Luther’s Legacy

As we near the end of the "Luther" year, during which there have been many recordings released to commemorate the beginning of the...
stileanticochristmas

Stile Antico’s Jubilant Renaissance Christmas

[Re-post from 2016] In the first couple of decades after the advent of the CD, new and reissued Christmas releases were as plentif...
Mahler5Roth

Roth’s Surprisingly Good Mahler Fifth

There are some very fine moments in this Mahler Fifth, surprisingly because conductor François-Xavier Roth is one of those guys w...
MendelFaust

CD From Hell: Faust and Heras-Casado Starve Mendelssohn

The hypocrisy of the period performance movement is nowhere more evident than in this release. The principal justification behind ...
oratallis

Tallis Real And Reflected

My strategy for listening to this recording, which primarily consists of works by Thomas Tallis, interspersed with six newly commi...
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....