Dear Cantus friends and followers, after quite a few months since we marketed our latest releses, we have, at last, an almost finished schedule of most of the new titles that we shall publish during 2016. And with very good news, indeed, because many great early music artists will join the already distinguished names that have recorded for us so far. Besides, with our new titles we shall fully cover the natural repertoires of our label, from Medieval Music to the end of the 19th century, always performed with the historical criteria of each age.

Among the artists that will do this path with us, some accclaimed names like those of Xavier Díaz-Latorre (with an irresistible de Visée recital) or Ensemble Gilles Binchois (with the remastering of their beautiful CD devoted to Dufay and Binchois songs) are familar names to Cantus followers. But more great soloists are joining us this time. One will be the Dutch, universally known fortepiano player, Bart van Oort, who has started a series devoted to The Art of Nocturne in the 19th century with a ravishing CD of French nocturnes from 1850 to 1900 on an Érard instrument of 1859 (see photo below). Gianmaria Bonino is an Italian fortepiano player whose exquisite 1st volume with the Études opens a most interesting Chopin series for Cantus, on a Playel dated 1839 this time.

Another great early music world-wide star will join us, no less than the great Italian violin player and conductor Stefano Montanari, of whom his impressive reading of Bach’s 6 Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin will be released in a 2 CDs x 1, specially-priced set. Among the ensembles that will make their Cantus début in 2016, two of them are much-loved names in the early music universe: Sequentia under Benjamin Bagby with a CD including music coming from medieval women’s monasteries in Germany, and Capilla Flamenca, under the late Dirk Snellings, of whom a moving CD with motets by the Spanish master Sebastián de Vivanco will be released “in memoriam”. The first CD ever taped by a fascinating Spanish ensemble called Eloqventia (this time formed by recorder-virtuoso Alejandro Villar, and percussion-soloist David Mayoral, see photo below) will introduce them to the early music collectors thanks to a thought-provoking recording called Danzas Imaginarias (Imaginary dances). Last but not least, Odhecaton will come back to Cantus with the first world recording of Loyset Compère’s Missa Galeazescha, with extraordinary guests like La Reverdie (of whom we released their marvelous CD C 9601 Bestiarium back in 1997!), La Pifarescha, Ensemble Pian & Forte and Dutch organist Liuwe Tamminga, all under the expert direction of Paolo Da Col. Please, stay tuned, as more great new releases and acclaimed names will be announced in due time. We’re back in full powers!

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