Historically, the new label Antarctica is a daughter of Evil Penguin Classic, which emerged in 2007 and now boasts artists like Pieter Wispelwey, Dietrich Henschel and Hervé Niquet. We, however, prefer to conceive of Antarctica as the biotope and the playground of the Penguin, not as its offspring.
In fact, “playground” conjures up too much confinement and restraint: no place on earth has more boundless spaces, or wider horizons than cool Antarctica, which is exactly why we have chosen said name for the new-born.
More concretely, Antarctica is a landing place for rare line-ups (such as the four violoncellos of the Tansman Quartett, the new label’s first-born), but also a breeding ground for unusual one-offs and experiments (such as baroque ensemble Red Herring’s exploration of baroque gestures in French music). Since Antarctica prefers projects to persons, it will be a safe haven for daredevils, a home to repertoire oozing from the corners and creases of music history.
If your taste in music verges towards the unusual, the eccentric or the wild, please come inside, and explore the vast spaces of Antarctica.
Hildegard von Bingen, Jowan Merckx, Philippe Laloy, Guillaume Dufay, Els van Laethem
Bohuslav Martinů, Johannes Brahms, Alfred Schnittke
Kacper Nowak & Christia Hudziy
Astor Piazolla, Horacio Ferrer
Waldo Geuns, Enrique Granados
Dmitri Shostakovich, Sam David Wamper, Mathias Coppens
Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Claude Debussy, Daan Janssens
Harry Sacksioni, Adam Clarke, Nuccio D'Angelo, Menno Buggenhout, Inti de Maet, Johannes Möller, Alain Selhorst, Clarice Assad, Patrick Roux, Nejc Kuhar
Four Aces Guitar Quartet
François Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Charles Dieupart, François Bouvard, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
Alexander Tansman, Joseph Jongen, Pierre Petit, Rudolf Matz, Jules de Swert
Tansman Cello Quartet