NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS • DECEMBER 2017
Conductor Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra are joined by acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne on a two-CD collection of Wagner opera excerpts for harmonia mundi. The Wagner Project includes preludes and scenes from Tannhäuser, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde and more. Mahler’s Symphony No.5 gained widespread attention thanks to Luchino Visconti's 1971 cinematic masterpiece Death in Venice. Echoing the work's 1904 premiere by the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, the current members of the very same ensemble are led by François-Xavier Roth in an exciting new recording for harmonia mundi. 2017 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of composer Claudio Monteverdi and the harmonia mundi label celebrates with important releases from Pablo Heras-Casado and Les Arts Florissants. Heras-Casado leads a performance of selections from the Selva morale e spirituale while Les Arts Florissants offer a DVD of the composer's first opera L'Orfeo and a specially-priced three-disc collection of his beloved Madrigals. Philippe Herreweghe is one of the founding fathers of original-instrument movement. This month's release of a new 30-disc, limited-edition collector’s item anthology explores the many riches of this great artist’s career.
Erol Alkan has never played by dance music's rules. Since the halcyon days of Trash, his legendary London nightclub, Alkan has been a dance music artist with an alternative sensibility – a psychedelic approach and a punk outlook. Alkan's latest release, Reworks Vol.1, looks back on over the last decade and includes a selection of his most iconic remixes. Danish jazz ensemble Hess Is More has built a strong following for their unique instrumentation and unorthodox arrangements, combining elements of jazz, electronica, Scandinavian folk and classic pop. Their new album, 80 Years, features a wealth of stellar collaborators. Syrian traditional music artist Maya Youssef has been compared with such legendary virtuosos as Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin and Meredith Monk. Youssef’s album Syrian Dreams is a powerful expression of her deep sorrow over the recent tragic events in her homeland.