The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Outhere Music France is an independent music production and recording group founded in 2005 by Charles Adriaenssen, with bases in Brussels, Paris and Cologne. The group produces and distributes about a hundred recordings per year, ranging from early to contemporary music via jazz and world music. Its philosophy is to maintain high quality ties with its recording artists, to devote scrupulous attention to realising every project, and to be open to new forms of distribution and audience relations.
Its labels Alpha and Zig Zag Territoires, both strong on baroque music, have merged to form Alpha Classics. Outhere Music also runs the Ricercar label, known for its early music, Philippe Herreweghe's label Phi, Arcana, specialising in Italian music, Aeon for contemporary music and Fuga Libera, which has become the group's digital label.
Recent acquisitions are Linn Records from Scotland and Hat Hut Records specialising in Jazz and contemporary Swiss music.
More information: outhere-music.com
CD Spotlight. Balancing Intimacy with Incisiveness - A new recording of Rossini's 'Petite messe solennelle', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Soloists and chorus deliver some flawless singing, and their great attention to the text creates a sense of reverential homage to the sacred.'
CD Spotlight. Distractingly Unusual - Peter Navarro-Alonso's Goldbergs re-invented, heard by Keith Bramich. 'It's certainly clever, but I'm not sure what it gives us that we don't already have.'
CD Spotlight. Surrealist in Language - The homogeny of Jonathan Harvey, investigated by Jennifer Paull. '... superbly interpreted ...'
CD Spotlight. Passionate Commitment - Victoria's 'Missa Gaudeaumus', welcomed by Robert Anderson. '... a joyous celebration ...'