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Label : Harmonia Mundi
Format : Ape
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Harmonia Mundi celebrates fifty years of great music with this specially-priced 30-CD boxed set that brings together memorable recordings of fifty works of the type the label is known for.

Founded in Paris by its present Chairman and Managing Director, Bernard Coutaz, pioneering independent label harmonia mundi has been making outstanding classical recordings since 1958. At the start, the label’s choice of repertoire was aimed at exploring the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Legendary countertenor Alfred Deller, began recording for harmonia mundi in 1968, followed by William Christie, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe and other early music luminaries. These visionary artists led a rediscovery of musical performance practice of the past by paying careful attention to the score, its context and the timbre of the instruments used. Since 1986, harmonia mundi has been headquartered in Arles, a historic town in southern France best known for once being home to the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Bucking current trends, harmonia mundi adds an average of fifty new titles annually to its unparalleled catalog of classical music, which now spans more than ten centuries, from Ancient Greece to the newest voices of our day. The company’s passionate spirit of exploration and fierce independence has been hailed by the international press with such high honors as the Label of the Year Award in 2003 (Gramophone) and 2006 (MIDEM Classical Awards) and most recently, two GRAMMY® Awards (René Jacobs in 2005, Paul Hillier in 2007). Join us in our birthday celebration!

To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, harmonia mundi has compiled fifty landmarks in the development of Western music, in stellar performances by undisputed masters in their field. This must-have CD release of the year is a quintessential selection of musical milestones of the ages for every taste. It features over 36 hours of music in audiophile-quality sound, elegantly packaged in a deluxe boxed set of thirty compact discs and offered at a very special low price. Whether you are an inquisitive novice or a discerning connoisseur, you will be thrilled to experience the sonic triumphs of the world’s most innovative independent label.

CD 1-2 The Historic Organ Recordings
CD 3-4 Alfred Deller 1968-1979
CD 5-6 Late Antiquity & Middle Ages
CD 7-10 J. S. Bach, the Passion
CD 11-13 The ‘Atys’ Years
CD 14-15 The Masters of the Baroque
CD 16-20 50 Years of Rediscoveries
CD 21 Classicism Revisited!
CD 22-23 The Heart of Romanticism
CD 24-25 A New Look at Masterpieces
CD 26-27 New Generation
CD 28-29 From Yesterday to Tomorrow