Deutsche Grammophon Reaffirms Its Commitment to Early Music


BERLIN and NEW YORK, May 6, 2014 – Exactly a year ago, Deutsche Grammophon revealed new plans and signings to re-launch its label, Archiv Produktion, while reaffirming its commitment to Early Music. Today, Archiv has plans for numerous releases this year including more concertos, operas, oratorio, and much more from celebrated artists such as Pablo Heras-Casado, Magdalena Kožená, Andrea Marcon and Anna Prohaska.

“It gives us deep satisfaction to announce a host of exciting albums scheduled for imminent release on Archiv. We look forward to spreading the spirit of our Silver Label to an ever-widening audience through these new interpretations of Baroque and Renaissance masterpieces by outstanding Early Music exponents,” stated Ute Fesquet, Vice President Artist & Repertoire of Deutsche Grammophon.

Orlando, the first recording for Archiv, will be released this month and features Handelian René Jacobs who will be making his Archiv opera debut. Jacobs leads the dynamic B’ Rock Orchestra and an outstanding cast in Orlando, one of Handel’s most beautiful creations. The title role, written for the legendary Senesino, is sung by its finest modern exponent, Bejun Mehta, who The New York Times acclaims as “one of the most commanding, exhilarating countertenors of the modern era.”

Also making his Archiv debut with El Maestro Farinelli, Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado releases an album of music performed by another legendary 18th-century castrato, and one who served as court musician to the kings of Spain. Featuring the superb period-instrument ensemble Concerto Köln, Heras-Casado’s selection includes “Alto Giove” by Porpora, one of the finest arias composed for Farinelli, it too sung in this May 2014 release by Bejun Mehta.

To be released in June 2014: From Spain to Eternity, a major recording by Ensemble Plus Ultra, whose hugely ambitious 10-CD anthology on Archiv Produktion commemorating the 400th anniversary of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s death won a Gramophone award in 2012. Their new project marks the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death with sacred choral music by Morales, Lobo and Tejeda, three outstanding composers who flourished in Toledo when the artist lived and worked there.

A spectacular rediscovery will be released on Archiv Produktion in October 2014. La concordia de’ pianeti (The Harmony of the Planets) was created by influential Baroque opera composer Antonio Caldara in 1723 for the Austrian empress’s lavish name-day celebrations. The remarkable piece then languished for nearly three centuries. On January 18th, 2014, Andrea Marcon – having painstakingly reconstructed it together with musicologist Bernardo Ticci – gave the first modern performance, conducting Baroque orchestra La Cetra. His brilliant cast is headed by countertenor Franco Fagioli as Apollo – the breathtakingly virtuosic role sung in 1723 by another great castrato, Carestini – alongside tenor Daniel Behle and soprano Verónica Cangemi, among others.

Archiv Produktion’s fifth exciting addition to the catalogue in 2014 will appear in November. Having already made a classic set of Bach’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord and performed the Brandenburg Concertos with Claudio Abbado, one of today’s finest interpreters of the Baroque violin repertoire, Giuliano Carmignola, now records the two Violin Concertos and the Double Violin Concerto with Concerto Köln.