After 30 years, and more than 70 international releases with companies like Philips/Polygram, RCA/BMG, and EMI, the Danish classical artists, recorder player Michala Petri and guitarist/lute player Lars Hannibal launch November the 1th 2006 their own recording label, OUR Recordings.
As the name suggests, their releases were intended to be mostly recordings where either Michala Petri or Lars Hannibal or both are involved. The idea was to have the full artistic and creative freedom and responsibility to record what they felt was necessary and consistent with their desire to explore new challenges. The last years OUR Recordings have expanded the catalogue with some of the most interesting Danish artists and ensembles.
To date November 1th 2023, OUR Recordings has released 62 critically acclaimed recordings, and has earned international recognition, including the ECHO KLASSIK Award, and OPUS KLASSIK Award (Germany), four Grammy nominations (US) a Gramophone Award nomination (UK), Diapason d’Or de l’année 2015 (France) ICMA Award 2016 and ICMA 2017 and 2019 nomination (International Classic Music Award) Danish Music Award (P2 Prize) 2016 and 2019 for Best Danish Release, 2021 “Listeners Prize” as Best Release, and 3 Danish Music Award nominations, FMA Award 2016, Many Gold and Silver Global Music Awards, and several Editor Choice in Gramophone, CD of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, SUPERSONIC´s in Pizzicato and JOKER in Crescendo Magazine.
Several ambitious cycles have already captivated collectors and critics alike, including the Dialogue - East meets West series, and Michala Petri’s ongoing campaign to expand her instrument’s modern concerto repertoire, with recorder concertos from various countries as well as works for recorder and choir. Also the series with music by late Danish composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen and the releases with Danish National Vocal Ensemble have been receiving overwhelming international response.
The plans for the two next year’s releases are made and include UPHEAVAL with the cello/piano duo Janne Fredens/Søren Rastogi, playing music by 4 female composer from the period 1911-1918, ÅRHUS GUITAR DUO playing contemporary Danish works, Esbjerg Ensemble playing chamber music by Axel Borup-Jørgensen, Harp music by Danish and French composers with Zachary Hatcher, a new work, KYIV for violin and piano, composed by Morten Jessen played by Ukrainian violinist Natalja Gordeyeva and the composer, New RECORDER CONCERTO written for Michala Petri and Kremerata Baltica by Poul Ruders, New RECORDER CONCERTO by Ole Buck, STAIRWAY TO BACH – Rock Classics with a hint of Bach, with organ professor Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, Bach 6 CELLO SUITES with cellist Henrik Dam Thomsen, guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen playing Llobet on Llobets own guitar, Bach 6 CELLO SUITES in new wind arrangements, played and arranged by Michala Petri, Brazilian guitarist Daniel Murray and Michala Petri playing contemporary music, a Christmas album with Michala Petri and The Danish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen, an album called ON A GROUND with Japanese harp player Marie Nishiyama and Michala Petri,- and there are more in the pipeline.
OUR Recordings has a close collaboration with the internationally recognized producer Preben Iwan and producer Mette Due. The recordings are mainly in DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Definition), 352.8 kHz/24 or 32bit.
OUR Recordings cooperate with Edition Borup-Jørgensen www.borup-jorgensen.dk on recordings and promotion of the music by Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-2012), one of the most important voices in Modern Danish Music.
Cover art and graphics CEZBP/OUR Recordings and website Lise Mierca www.pixelpost.dk
OUR Recordings enjoys global distribution with NAXOS, Joshua Cheek work with PR in US and John Cronin with PR in UK.