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2020, ANTONINI YEAR

Published on Monday, January 27, 2020

Giovanni Antonini, virtuoso flautist and orchestral conductor, is the founder of the Italian ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, which burst on the baroque musical scene in 1985; together they have amassed an impressive discography.

Partnered by Alpha Classics, they have launched a complete recording of the 107 symphonies by Joseph HAYDN, in anticipation of the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2032, and with the collaboration of the Haydn Stiftung in Basle. The Haydn 2032 project celebrates one of the most important, prolific and ingenious composers in the whole of musical history. Giovanni Antonini, who regards Haydn’s music as ‘a kaleidoscope of the human emotions’, has decided not to approach the symphonies chronologically, but rather to group them as themes (e.g. ‘La passione’, ‘Il filosofo’, ‘Il distratto’ etc.)

So far, 7 highly acclaimed volumes have earned the Gramophone Award, Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapasons d’Or, Choc Classica de l’Année etc.   2020 will see the release of Vols. 8 and 9:

● Vol. 8: ‘La Roxolana’ – comprising Symphonies 28, 58, and 63 (nicknamed ‘La Roxolana’), set off against the Romanian Dances by Bartók, in an explosively revelatory version by  Giardino Armonico. (ALPHA 682, FEBRUARY)

● Vol. 9: ‘L'Addio’ – comprising Symphonies 15, 35 and 45 (the well-known  ‘Farewell’ Symphony) as well as the aria ‘Berenice, che fai?’ with Sandrine Piau as soloist. (ALPHA 684, NOVEMBER)

In the same Haydn 2032 collection, as an extension to the Symphonies, October 2020 will see the release of a further Haydn masterpiece: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), with soloists Anna-Lucia Richter, Maximilian Schmitt and Florian Boesch, the Bavarian Radio Chorus – and again, Il Giardino Armonico. (ALPHA 567, OCTOBER)

In 2020 Giovanni Antonini will also be celebrating a composer with whose music he made his name: Antonio VIVALDI. His recordings of the Four Seasons and Cecilia Bartoli’s famous first recital have become permanent benchmarks in the Red Priest’s discography! March 2020 will see more such fireworks with two Vivaldi concerto programmes that will surely interest everyone:

● Firstly, with Antonini as soloist in a programme of his own devising recorded between 2011 and 2017, a generous bouquet of the Concerti per Flauto: RV 433 (‘La Tempesta di Mare’), plus the Concertos RV 441, 442 443, 444, and 445, and an amazing version for the chalumeau of ‘Cum Dederit’, a solo from Nisi Dominus RV 608. (ALPHA 364, MARCH)

● The other Vivaldi excursion is the result of a fruitful encounter with another artist known for pushing back the boundaries: violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Together they have designed a programme provisionally entitled VI-WILD-I, combining ultra-virtuosic concertos by Vivaldi, such as RV 208 (‘Il Grosso Mogul’), 253 (‘la Tempesta di Mare’ in its violin version), also Concertos RV 157, 191, and 550. The concertos are interspersed with brief works by contemporary composers – Luca Francesconi, Simone Movio, Giacinto Scelsi, Aureliano Cattaneo and Giovanni Sollima – mostly commissioned by Patricia Kopatchinskja especially for this programme. (ALPHA 624, AUGUST)

ARAÑÉS // 'Digame Un Requiebro' by Sebastián León, Louis Capeille & Edwin García [Teaser 1]

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020

ARAÑÉS // 'Digame Un Requiebro' by Sebastián León, Louis Capeille & Edwin García [Teaser 1]

CHARPENTIER Orphée aux Enfers / Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020

CHARPENTIER Orphée aux Enfers / Reinoud Van Mechelen, Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis

Exceptional sales!

Published on Friday, November 29, 2019

Discover our exceptional sales on gems from the Outhere catalogue!

Outhere Music's catalogue includes more than 3,500 albums, many of which are veritable treasures, worth (re)discovering and adding to your music library. Take advantage of this exceptional discount (-50% on more than 1200 albums!) to extend your collection, or give the gift of beautiful music to a friend or family member ... Offer reserved for customers within Europe from 29 November to 6 December!

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5 Diapasons D'or For Outhere

Published on Thursday, November 28, 2019

5 DIAPASONS D'OR DE L'ANNÉE AWARDED TO OUTHERE RECORDINGS!

A particularly prolific year is coming to an end for Outhere Music: a flock of Diapasons d'Or de l'Année has been awarded to no less than 5 albums from the Alpha, Fuga Libera and Ramée labels. Discover below the happy elected ones and excerpts from the reviews of Diapason journalists. 

ALPHA

DANDRIEU: OPUS 1

Le Consort

"Justin Taylor and his young Consort do a brilliant job in bringing together six sonatas by Dandrieu and three by Corelli. Louis XV’s musician emerges almost more Italian than his illustrious model."

LA MORTE DELLA RAGIONE

Giovanni Antonini
Il Giardino Armonico

"The surrealist symbolism of Bosch and the many historical texts included in the booklet invite us to join Antonini and his band in exploring the avant-garde universe of the Renaissance."

OFFENBACH COLORATURE

Jodie Devos
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Laurent Campellone

“The soprano is enveloped by the warm tones of a large orchestra, her clear voice captured close up. The mixing ensures a beautiful dynamic and spectral balance between these two textures, allowing the air to flow between them and a rich contrast to develop in the sound image.”

RAMEE

J.S. BACH: CONCERTOS FOR ORGAN AND STRINGS

Les Muffati
Bart Jacobs

“Bach’s organ parades and struts before the orchestra in several cantatas. Bart Jacobs builds on these sinfonias to develop four dazzling concertos.”

FUGA LIBERA

CONTEMPORARY CLARINET CONCERTOS

Jean-Luc Votano
Christian Arming
Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège

“Votano signs off the most vibrant statement of this decade in celebration of contemporary clarinet music.”

Didier Martin appointed CEO of the Outhere Music group

Published on Friday, October 25, 2019

Didier Martin © Outhere

Outhere SA is pleased you to inform that Didier Martin has been appointed CEO of the group. Since September, he has the operational responsibility for all the divisions and all the labels of the Outhere Group. Previously, Didier Martin was the Artistic Director of the Alpha Classics label as well as the Director of the Group’s French operations.

Charles Adriaenssen, the owner and founder of the Group has decided to retire from day to day management. He remains Chairman of the Board of Directors and will devote himself to the formulation and implementation of the company’s strategic priorities.

Says Charles Adriaenssen: “After 15 years of growth and success, I’ve decided to hand over the management of our great team to Didier. I much appreciate his commitment and his talent and I’m convinced that, in these difficult times for cultural endeavours, he is the right man to develop our activities and consolidate Outhere’s prominent position amongst independent labels.”

For his part, Didier Martin declared: “The last 5 years spent on developing Alpha have allowed us to build a great family of exceptional artists. I’m keen to take up this new mission and thank Charles Adriaenssen for his confidence in me. The wealth of all Outhere labels is immense and my aim is to conduct it to the best of my abilities, with the assistance and the talent of all of the Group’s teams.”