Founded in 1990, the label K617 has had such an impact because it has met a wide audience’s appetite for new discoveries. K617 has enabled us to discover the scope of Latin America’s Baroque music heritage whose richness bursts forth in the sumptuous series ‘Pathways of Baroque’. It has also skilfully associated with its systematic exploration of this repertoire a whole generation of performers, who although unknown yesterday, are today on a par with the greatest.
The perfect example is Gabriel Garrido, whose Latin American experience has nourished an entirely new vision of European baroque, which has found its finest testimony in his interpretations of the masterpieces of Claudio Monteverdi: ‘historically informed’ recordings of very well-known works which we rediscover from a new perspective.
However, K617, as a label based in Lorraine, very quickly realised that the Angel of the bizarre did not only brush faraway continents with its wings. Hence it is also responsible for the revival of ‘regional’ composers like Jean-François Tapray and especially Théodore Gouvy whose Requiem, which has sold over 25,000 copies, is now viewed as one of the major religious music works of the end of the nineteenth century.
Perhaps K617's secret is that it has never separated its production activity from its involvement with live music, always listening out for performers, researchers and all those who dream of being present at the birth of new emotions. A new manifestation of this is the National Month of Latin American Baroque Music, which every autumn now allows the whole of France to discover the new soundscapes of K.617.
Since the very beginning of the year 2003, K617 has been the leader of the activities of Le Couvent (Sarrebourg - France), where the Centre International des Chemins du baroque is located. But K617 is still developing its partnership with harmonia mundi.“ Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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