New early music label set for October launch in Ireland
A new label combining specially commissioned short films with recordings of early music is scheduled to launch in Ireland in October, “with the goal of creating a vital new contemporary experience”.
Heresy Records has been formed by producer and engineer John Hadden with backing from entrepreneur Eric Fraad. It will work with artists and ensembles that present their concerts “as theatrical events”, and will also feature Irish traditional music and World Music.
Among the label’s first releases will be a program of “sublimely gloomy” music from 17th-century Rome by the London-based Atalante ensemble, led by director and viola da gamba player Erin Headley. The five-strong group is also due to record an oratorio about the martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria, reconstructed from 350-year-old manuscripts by Marco Marazzoli and Luigi Rossi.
Also scheduled for release is a disc with a nautical theme from the eX ensemble, with material drawn from irish and Spanish music of the Renaissance.