Skip to main content
ECM

ECM

Founded in Munich by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM has recorded more than 1000 albums spanning many idioms. Establishing an early reputation with standard-setting jazz and improvised music albums – by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others – ECM began to include contemporary composition in its programme in the late 1970s. In 1984 a sister label, ECM New Series, was launched to introduce the music of Arvo Pärt with the aptly-titled “Tabula rasa”. Other featured composers include György Kurtág, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Heinz Holliger, Giya Kancheli, Meredith Monk, and Heiner Goebbels.

Further Reading: ECM

 Recording of the Week, Wispelwey and Schiff re-visit Bach

For his third recording of the Suites, the Dutch cellist tunes his instrument down by a whole tone to the pitch which was commonly used in Cöthen where Bach composed the works, whilst Schiff’s second take on The Well-Tempered Clavier is more direct and less sentimental than its predecessor.

 Recording of the Week, Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel

In response to its frequent use in television and film, Chris ponders the Estonian composer’s 1978 composition ‘mirror/s in the mirror’ and alights upon a favourite recording.

Recent Best Sellers: ECM

In Concert: Beethoven & Liszt
CD: $14.75
Download from $10.50
Last Leaf
CD: $14.75
Download from $10.50
Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths
CD: $14.75
Download from $8.00

New Releases: ECM