RICERCAR was founded by Jérôme Lejeune in 1980 and the label swiftly became one of the major players in the rediscovery of early music. Each RICERCAR recording documents a moment in the history of music, one that can be experienced not only by listening but also by reading informative liner notes written with the general public in mind. RICERCAR’s aim has always been to seek out and make available unusual and unpublished works, although they have also recorded certain well-known works when new musicological discoveries have inspired their artists to a new style of performance or interpretation.
Each recording is made with the greatest respect possible for the history and origins of the work concerned; this goes from the use of the most authentic sources possible for the score to the choice of the musicians and the instruments that are most suited to the particular type of repertoire.
RICERCAR’s recordings are produced by Jérôme Lejeune, its artistic director, who takes meticulous care that there is always a perfect symbiosis between the players themselves and the space in which the recording is made; this including the choice of natural acoustics according to their character and their suitably to the repertoire being recorded. RICERCAR fully respects the acoustic of its recording space and the particular timbres of its voices and the instruments: it has never used any form of sound filtration or artificial reverberation.
RICERCAR has always sought out performers of the highest quality and its artists’ list has grown continually over the last 35 years. These years have been marked by collaborations with many artists, some of whom made their first recordings with RICERCAR: Philippe Herreweghe with the Chapelle Royale and the Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort, Bernard Foccroulle, Henri Ledroit, Jean Tubéry and La Fenice. RICERCAR has also served as an ambassador abroad for many excellent Belgian artists: Greta De Reyghere, Le Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agrémens and Guy Van Waas, La Pastorella and Frédéric de Roos, Dirk Snellings and the Capilla Flamenca and, most recently, Clematis and Vox Luminis. Many foreign artists have also recorded for RICERCAR, including Doulce Mémoire (Denis Raisin Dadre), Le Miroir de Musique (Baptiste Romain), Les Dominos (Florence Malgoire), La Cappella Mediterranea (Leonardo Garcia Alarcon), Celadon (Paulin Bündgen) and François Joubert-Caillet with his ensemble L'Achéron.
RICERCAR is supported by the Ministère des Arts de la Scène du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.