Friday, March 5, 2010
RIP Bernard Coutaz Playlist
You probably haven't heard of Bernard Coutaz, and you may not have heard of the record label he founded, Harmonia Mundi. But here are some of the musicians whom without Harmonia Mundi may never have enriched us:
Les Arts Florissants: William Christie director - Paris's premiere Baroque Opera troupe for thirty years
Collegium Vocale Gent: Phillipe Herreweghe director - The world's preeminent Bach choir for forty years...do a lot of other things well too.
Alfred Deller: the first great modern countertenor.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: The world's preeminent choir for Russian Orthodox music and a symbol of religious freedom in the late Soviet era.
Rene Jacobs: Famed countertenor who then turned conductor and revolutionized the world of early opera.
Matthias Goerne: German baritone and lieder specialist whom Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau selected as his 'heir.'
Academy of Ancient Music: Andrew Manze (formerly Christopher Hogwood) director. One of England's most eminent early music bands - as heard on the radio 15 times a day (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is the other 25).