In February this year a lot of eyebrows were raised when the jury at the annual international marketplace for music and recording in Cannes, MIDEM, gave the French label Alpha Productions the prestigous Classical Label of the Year award. This was yet another example of a zany and innovative new label deservedly beating the corporate players at their own game.
Alpha Productions is an independent label that was started just six years ago. Its fresh approach to repertoire and presentation, coupled with musical and technical excellence, means that it has already built a big following. And that includes this blog, with on an overgrown path highlighting its outstanding releases on several occasions. The catalogue specialises in early and baroque music, but extends into the 20th century. Artists include Gustav Leonhard, Pierre Hantaï, Capriccio Stravagante, Café Zimmermann and Les Witches. The cover image above is from their new DVD release of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
Alpha is like a blast of fresh air in a market where the norm is corporate conservatism. And the great news is you can sample their award winning output right here on an overgrown path. Alpha Radio has just been launched. It is a free, streamed, multi-platform service. It programmes stimulating and different extracts from the Alpha catalogue 24 hours a day. And you can listen to it right now via this link.
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