Winged Lion is a new record label celebrating Paul McCreesh’s relationships with a range of artists, including the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wratislavia Cantans and the Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme. This is an innovative venture that is made possible by Paul McCreesh's partnership with Signum Records. We intend that the label will become known for its exciting and refreshing recordings, with a wide breadth of repertoire recorded by prominent international artists.
As we set out on this exciting journey, we envisage that the label’s repertoire will initially fall into three significant strands:
The Wratislavia Cantans Oratorio Series
This series of large-scale recordings of significant nineteenth and twentieth century oratorios will be at the heart of Winged Lion recordings. The series was launched with the label’s first release, a critically acclaimed recording of Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts in October 2011. These recordings will feature collaborations between a diverse range of artists, including the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Gabrieli Young Singers’ Scheme and an impressive array of international soloists.
Baroque and renaissance repertoire
The repertoire for which McCreesh and Gabrieli Consort & Players initially became known will be celebrated in recordings that include a re-recording of one of their most successful and enduring programmes, A Venetian Coronation 1595.
A cappella repertoire
Gabrieli are highly regarded for their thoughtful and thought-provoking choral programmes. This series of a cappella recordings with the Gabrieli Consort will be launched with the release of a reflective English programme of music for mourning and consolation, A Song of Farewell, in March 2012.
I am delighted to be starting the 2011/12 season with the launch of Winged Lion. It is a daunting endeavour, but one that opens up some tremendously exciting possibilities, both for me and for the wonderful artistic organisations that I work with, such as the Gabrieli Consort & Players and International Festival Wratislavia Cantans. I am delighted to be working in partnership with Signum Records in this venture.
It is incredibly encouraging that, increasingly, artists are starting to take control of the recording process to produce recordings that are made with passionate artistic belief, not simply out of commercial opportunity. Naturally, funding such an endeavour can be a frightening obstacle but I hope that even if artists like myself make fewer recordings in the future, they will be made with more love, commitment, joy and dedication.
As we set out on this exciting venture, I owe a great debt of gratitude to many loyal friends and colleagues who have helped and supported me on this journey, particularly the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, the City of Wroclaw and its mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz, and International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and its General Director Andrzej Kosendiak.