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RN 0379

Laudarium: Songs of Popular Devotion from 14th-Century Italy
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Arcana

Hidden, secret, mysterious… the word Arcana, from Latin arcanus, clearly summarizes the
mission of the label: to broaden our knowledge of the repertoire and unearth what is still
concealed and forgotten within it, from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century,
distinguishing masterpieces form trivial works, and involving some of the biggest names on
the historically informed performance.
But Arcana has also succeeded in making an important contribution to the standard
repertoire, particularly Viennese, most notably the first complete recording on period
instruments of Joseph Haydn’s string quartets (performed by Festetics Quartet) and Franz
Schubert’s piano sonatas (Paul Badura-Skoda).
Often based on ground-breaking research; each release is meticulously studied, the liner
notes feature contributions of leading experts in each field. Not to mention the sound quality,
one of the trade-marks of the label founded by Michel Bernstein.
Since the beginning, Arcana has also shown a clear focus on both Italy, with its huge and
multifaceted musical heritage (yet to be explored and discovered), and the Italian performers:
Fabio Biondi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Bonizzoni yesterday; La Reverdie, Ensemble
Zefiro, Gaetano Nasillo and an impressive line-up of new talents from the younger generation,
today.



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