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ORFEO was founded in 1979 in Munich, with the first recordings taking place in 1980. After starting as a pure license label at RCA and EMI, ORFEO began releasing its own recordings in 1982. Thanks to its close cooperation with the best singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and conductors of the past four decades, ORFEO was able to realise many world premiere recordings and to build up an extraordinarily fine catalogue, which contains more than 1,000 recordings to date The most famous series, ORFEO D’OR, features legendary historic performances, both from the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals and the Vienna and Munich State Operas. Since 2015, ORFEO has been integrated as a separate limited company in Naxos Germany within the Naxos Music Group and can thus continue its successful and secure path into the future.

To mark the 40th anniversary of ORFEO's founding, the label is releasing box sets of unparalleled historic recordings, while it embarks on the next phase of its development as part of the Naxos Music Group.

‘All in all, this is Backhaus’s finest account of the concerto on record.’
‘Energy, engagement and virtuoso precision.’
The Guardian ★★★★★
Coming soon – Orfeo 40th Anniversary Edition
AUG 2020
Legendary Voices
OCT 2020
Orfeo 40th Anniversary Edition - Legendary Pianists
Legendary Pianists
JAN 2021
Orfeo 40th Anniversary Edition - Opera Rarities
Opera Rarities
Follow this link for the complete ORFEO catalogue.

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