Founded in 1992, the Metier label quickly gained a reputation for outstanding modern repertoire and production quality. It is now one of the major labels in Europe specialising in contemporary music, mainly from the UK, but also encompassing the work of composers from around the world, such a Roberto Gerhard, Charles Ives, Walter Zimmermann, Georg Rochberg and others.
The label presents a wide variety of musical styles and ideas - in fact it covers the whole range of contemporary composition, and includes a large number of important world premiere recordings, for composers whose work was neglected by the multi-national companies. Metier is concerned not with promotional "hype", celebrity and false promises delivered by so much modern advertising, but concentrates purely on artistic quality. This uncompromising approach is what makes Metier unique and an essential label for all serious collectors.
Metier also presents music from the past in its "Re-appraisal" series - Bach and Beethoven so far - but rather than simply duplicating existing repertoire, it presents musicians whose high standards of performance and musical scholarship and insight result in new and fascinating interpretations.
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