Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces Deal with Harmonia Mundi

By Francisco Salazar

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and independent record label Harmonia Mundi have announced a long-term recording partnership.

The partnership represents the European label’s first major project with a North American orchestra and comprises the release of multiple recordings beginning with Olivier Messiaen’s “Turangalîla-Symphonie” on Feb. 2, 2024.

The two subsequent recordings that will be released through this partnership will feature Stravinsky’s ballet “Pulcinella” and Bartók’s “The Miraculous Mandarin,” each to be recorded this season and next, respectively.

The recording will spotlight Music Director Gustavo Gimeno’s signature combination of new and old works.

In a statement, Gimeno said, “I deeply enjoy my long-standing relationship with Harmonia Mundi, and am very inspired by this opportunity to bring that relationship to Toronto. So when I was asked to select a work from the entirety of the repertoire, for my first recording with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, my decision was immediate. Not only is Olivier Messiaen’s ‘TurangalîlaSymphonie historically significant to the TSO — as TSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa recorded it with the orchestra in 1968 — but it also embodies the sense of forward-looking intrepidity that characterizes both the orchestra and the label. This new artistic alliance is wonderfully apt, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”