Timpani Records

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Timpani is a French classical music record label established in 1990 by Stéphane Topakian. [1] The label issued over 200 discs over 20 years, mainly of unknown 20th Century French classical music. The label and catalogue are now distributed by Naïve Records. [2] In addition to French composers the label also released recordings for the French Wilhelm Furtwängler Society. [3] [4] In 2018, the label slipped into insolvency, and their website went up for sale.


Notable recordings

Almost the entire catalogue of Timpani consists of recording premieres. Among the most recognised releases were:

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  1. Diapason harmonie 1992 - Nros 384 - 388 "Stéphane Topakian, le créateur du label français Timpani, artisan è l'intégrale de la musique de chambre d'Honegger connait bien son sujet."
  2. Naïve - Timpani label history (French)
  3. Classic Record Collector 2005 - Nos 40- 47 Page ix "When we met Stephane Topakian of Timpani at Midem, he revealed he was a Furtwangler fan and active in the French society."
  4. Newsletter of the Wilhelm Furtwängler Society of America 1993 "Stephan Topakian, a SWF officer, runs a small record company called "Timpani" which produced the CD of a studio performance of the Furtwangler Violin Sonata No. 2. This recording project followed the live concert performance which took ...