The first 8 volumes of the collection are already available:
Presented in the form of 2CD digipaks, with two detachable booklets in French and English, these albums invite you on a musical voyage through a vast repertoire. Chronologies of the musical works and the associated monuments, plus site plans and numerous illustrations shed light on the many connections between the music and these memory sites.
Designed for mobile access, the collection is also available for download on all digital platforms, along with digital files of the complete editorial content.
This site allows you to prepare for, prolong, and indeed evoke these musical journeys with the aid of maps, location plans, musical excerpts and even audio-guides* on the theme of “heritage music”.
*Read by François-Xavier Szymczak, the audio-guides were recorded at the studios of France Musique, which has actively participated in this project.
Granada’s Alhambra Palace from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century? Renaissance Venice? The Châteaux of the Loire at the time of the French royal court? The Romanesque abbeys? Classical Vienna? Available in richly illustrated 2CD boxsets (images, maps, history), Harmonia Mundi’s Resonances collection promises to bring to life the musical memory of these great monuments. Original and extremely well produced.
Classica, December 2016
Offering to take us on a musical journey of almost a thousand years around the emblematic Andalusian palatine city, this CD from Harmonia Mundi is also accompanied by a rich booklet written by musicologist, Yvan Nommick.
La Récréation, “The Chronicles of Anna Sigalevitch”, France Inter, 29 November 2016.
An original and exciting project: each volume in this [Resonances] series reveals the musical geography of a legendary city, through its selection of works and accompanying maps. Lovers of the French capital will be rushing to get their hands on “Paris 1900”, that of Debussy, Ravel, Satie and Hahn, the map of which has a few surprises in store!
Cadences, December 2016
Do you enjoy musical journeys? Then the eight volumes of the [Resonances] “Music and Monuments” series are for you!
Bernard Niedda, RCF, January 217
Drawing on its exceptional back catalogue of recordings, Harmonia Mundi has now created a new series of 2CD boxsets devoted to the musical heritage of famous places and monuments. The commendable idea is to share and bring back to life this music within the context in which it was first conceived, the composers’ imaginations having been nourished by the beauty of their surroundings. Each boxset is accompanied by an illustrated booklet, with maps and chronologies which juxtapose artistic creation with political and religious events. The first eight boxsets embrace Europe, from Granada to Berlin, via Venice, Westminster and Vienna, from early monasticism to the twentieth century. There are further discoveries to be made on the “resonances-music” website with audio guides, maps and location plans. I especially enjoyed the Voices of the abbeys boxset, which takes us through the Europe of the monasteries, featuring Alfred Deller, Paul Hillier, Marcel Pérès and the vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, from the High Middle Ages to the Gothic period, also particularly good is the Châteaux de la Loire, containing songs and court music of the Renaissance from Clément Janequin to Thoinot Arbeau.
Benoît Sénéchal, L’Homme Nouveau, 3 December 2016