Analekta is Canada's largest independent classical music recording label.
The label, which takes its name from the Greek word analekta ("a collection of the finest works"), was founded in 1988 by the Canadian music industry manager and entrepreneur François Mario Labbé, C.Q., who remains its owner and president today. It is based in Montreal, Quebec, and has released more than 500 classical albums in the past 26 years.
Its first three CDs were an album by the Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau, the first digital recording of the Red Army Choir, and a recording of the soundtrack of The Music Teacher starring José van Dam.
In 1988, while François Mario Labbé was then producing shows around the world, he had in mind three recording projects, including one from violinist Angèle Dubeau. The multinationals at the time rarely agreed to produce music from Canadian artists, hence François Mario Labbé’s motivation to create a recording company that would be devoted to them.
The label’s initial CD was by Angèle Dubeau, followed by the world’s first digital recording of the Red Army Choir, and the soundtrack to The Music Teacher starring José van Dam. These three recordings were met with great success, both nationally and internationally.
François Mario Labbé is the founder and CEO of the Canadian classical recording label Analekta. He was honored in 2010 with the title of Knight of National Order of Quebec for his outstanding contribution to the cultural development of Quebec.
Twenty-five years, 500 albums and over 5000 works later, the company has become the biggest independent classical label in Canada. Its catalogue includes records from some the greatest Canadian artists such as Angèle Dubeau, Alain Lefèvre, Kent Nagano & the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Anton Kuerti, Gryphon Trio, Ensemble Caprice, I Musici de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and many more.