March 24, 2014

The Erato Story in 20 CDs: a legendary label given new wings

The landmark recordings reissued feature Rostropovich, Barenboim, José Cura, William Christie, Hélène Grimaud and more.

Following the long-awaited relaunch of the great French label in 2013, the Erato renaissance continues with 20 essential recordings for any collector’s shelf, newly available from a rich catalogue of more than 2,500 titles.

The Erato Story series starts from the very beginning, with the label’s first album now on CD for the first time: Charpentier’s Te Deum. The Pasdeloup Orchestra’s revival of that obscure rarity was a surprise hit that paved the way to Erato’s reputation for historically informed performance, particularly in pioneering recordings that shed light on the French Baroque. This tradition crystallised with the likes of Marc Minkowski’s Rameau (Les Surprises de l’Amour), John Eliot Gardiner in Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary and William Christie’s Mozart Requiem — also part of the Erato Story collection.

The label’s famous finesse attracted such international artists as Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim (the latter as pianist), while a new generation including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, pianist Hélène Grimaud, violinist Vadim Repin and tenor José Cura launched their careers as part of the Erato firmament.

Erato celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 with a remarkable comeback, welcoming Philippe Jaroussky, Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuelle Haïm and L’Arpeggiata and others into the fold. The future sounds brighter than ever.

View all 20 titles from the Erato Story here.