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, and the Festival de Sarrebourg (July) at the Couvent de Saint Ulrich. The name "K617" refers to Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello, K.617).
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.
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.
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.Pacquier's second book Le retour des caravelles recounts the story of 20 years of exploration of Latin-American baroque music.
A second strand of K617's activity relates to music of Lorraine.This series has recovered various forgotten works of Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) in particular.
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.
Marcin Mielczewski was, together with his tutor Franciszek Lilius and Bartłomiej Pękiel, among the most notable Polish composers in the 17th century.
Jean Joseph Marie Amiot was a French Jesuit missionary in Qing China, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
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