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K617 is a French classical music record label based in Metz and founded by Alain Pacquier, music author and creator of the Festival de Saintes at the Abbaye aux Dames in Charente-Maritime, [1] and the Festival de Sarrebourg (July) [2] at the Couvent de Saint Ulrich. [3] The name "K617" refers to Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello, K.617).

Metz Prefecture and commune in Grand Est, France

Metz is a city in northeast France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Metz is the prefecture of the Moselle department and the seat of the parliament of the Grand Est region. Located near the tripoint along the junction of France, Germany, and Luxembourg, the city forms a central place of the European Greater Region and the SaarLorLux euroregion.

Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Adagio and Rondo, K. 617, is a quintet composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello. Completed on May 23, 1791, it was written for Marianne Kirchgessner, a blind glass harmonica virtuoso, who played the first performance in the Burgtheater Akademie on June 10, 1791, and subsequently performed it at the Kärtnertortheater on August 19, 1791.



les Chemins du Baroque

The activity for which the label was initially most noted relates to a project of Pacquier's, les Chemins du Baroque, exploration of Latin-America's baroque musical heritage. [4] [5] [6] Pacquier's second book Le retour des caravelles recounts the story of 20 years of exploration of Latin-American baroque music. [7]

Mémoire musicale de Lorraine

A second strand of K617's activity relates to music of Lorraine. [8] This series has recovered various forgotten works of Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) in particular.

Other early music

The label has also branched out in a variety of more and less conventional early music and classical recordings. The "travels" of K617 extend to Poland, Marcin Mielczewski, and Jesuit missions in China, Jean Joseph Marie Amiot.

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  1. Festival de Saintes
  2. Couvent de Saint Ulrich
  3. "journaliste et animateur musical, créateur du Festival de Saintes puis de celui de Sarrebourg, Alain Pacquier a fondé les Chemins du Baroque ainsi que le label discographique K.617. Il est l’auteur des Chemins du Baroque dans le Nouveau Monde (Fayard, 1996)."
  4. Pierre François -Le monde de la musique ancienne: sociologie économique d'une .. 2005 "De même, Opus 111 ou K617 construisent leur succès sur la renommée désormais acquise du mouvement, offrant ainsi des ..."
  5. Paris Match: Issues 2689-2692 2000 "..du label discographique K 617, dont la moitié des titres est consacrée au baroque sudaméricain."
  6. Le Figaro Des Français au chevet des orgues de Cusco "«En vingt ans, dit Alain Pacquier, l'homme par qui tout cela est arrivé, nous avons injecté plus de 6 millions d'euros au profit de la connaissance, de la restauration d'instruments et de l'édition de musique baroque latino-américaine."
  7. Le retour des caravelles
  8. Société d'archéologie lorraine et du Musée historique lorrain - 1997 "... et, avec la participation de la Région Lorraine, un disque a pu être édité par les éditions K617 de Metz. "