The Montreal-based Analekta label is a leader in Canada's classical music record industry, with a catalogue of more than 500 titles, and counting. To mark Analekta's 25th anniversary this year, CBC Music asked label president François Mario Labbé to survey their catalogue and select his top 10 Analekta releases. He'll present one album per week, each with a full audio stream. Read Labbé's thoughts on his first pick, below.
Album title: Beethoven: 9th Symphony, Human Misery — Human Love.
Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, OSM Chorus, Kent Nagano, conductor; Erin Wall, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano; Simon O'Neill, tenor; Mikhail Petrenko, bass.
LISTEN Stream Beethoven: 9th Symphony, Human Misery — Human Love until May 28.
My relationship with Kent [Nagano] was always a deep one. Our ultimate goal was to record all nine Beethoven symphonies, and the ninth symphony is, of course, the ultimate one. And it's the one that Nagano chose to open the new concert hall in Montreal, La Maison symphonique.
It was, for me, an honour to record the opening concert in this hall, especially with this symphony that has really marked Nagano's career here in this city.
Video: The New Orford String Quartet plays Beethoven