The Academy of Ancient Music has announced the launch of its own record label, AAM Records.
The period-instrument orchestra, which marks its 40th anniversary this year and features in the National Gallery’s Vermeer and Music exhibition throughout the summer, said establishing AAM Records ‘will allow the AAM to take full control of its future recording catalogue, producing a range of recordings which match the artistic plans and development of the orchestra, and reflect its commitment to historically informed performances of baroque and classical music’.
The label will initially release two double-disc albums, with plans to make around two releases per year thereafter. AAM001, to be released in October, will be The Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn, exploring the early development of the symphony. AAM002, due out in February, will be Bach’s St John Passion, to be followed by Bach’s Orchestral Suites and the St Matthew Passion (1727 version).
These four recordings are directed by AAM music director Richard Egarr, and later recordings will reflect the AAM’s work with guest directors and soloists including Sarah Connolly and James Gilchrist.
As part of AAM Records, the orchestra will develop a range of supplementary materials, from programme notes to films and podcasts, ‘giving listeners deeper insights into the music’.
Since being established by Christopher Hogwood for Decca’s L’Oiseau Lyre label, the AAM has performed on 300 releases, including the first period-instrument recordings of the a Mozart symphony cycle. Since Egarr succeeded Hogwood in 2006, the AAM has recorded with Harmonia Mundi and appeared with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, on EMI and, latterly, on the choir’s own label.