Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra starts record label

Posted on: January 21, 2011

In Thursday’s (1/20) San Francisco Chronicle, Tamara Straus reports, “The recording industry may be dying, but top-notch orchestras still maintain their national and international standing through new releases. In conjunction with its 30th anniversary, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is not just issuing a new release, it is starting an entire new record label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions. The first release, scheduled for March 8, will showcase the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in a live 1995 recording of Berlioz’s ‘Les Nuits d’été,’ in addition to a live 1991 recording of arias from Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare,’ ‘Ottone,’ ‘Arianna,’ ‘Radamisto’ and ‘Agrippina.’ Lieberson had a long, fruitful relationship with the orchestra and its music director, Nicholas McGegan. … Philharmonia Baroque Productions will release a total of three recordings this year. In conjunction with the April performances of Haydn’s oratorio ‘Creation,’ the ensemble will release a recording of Haydn symphonies performed in concert over the past several years. An all-Vivaldi disc, featuring violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, will be released in September. All recordings are being engineered and produced by David v.R. Bowles, a former cellist with Philharmonia Baroque, will be distributed by Harmonia Mundi USA and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets.”

Posted January 21, 2011