Mode Records is one of the oldest, best-known, prestigious and reputated contemporary music labels.
The main qualities of this label concern:
- the repertoire: they do mostly American composers whose fame and reputation go beyond the contemporary music fans niche. John Cage, Morton Feldman, and any less Christian Wolff, are composers who are loved also by people not accustomed to classical/contemporary music. Their series devoted to Cage (50 volumes) and Feldman (a bit more) are references for the music lovers.
Moreover Mode pays attention to most accessible new generation American composers like Alvin Lucier, John Luther Adams.
For European music, they release music by the best known and often best-seller living or just dead composers like Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, Helmuth Lachenmann, Luciano Berio, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Gyorgy Kurtag, Hans Werner Henze....
- musicians are always reference artists for the performed repertoire, starting with Irvine Arditti.
- the profile of the label. During the years Mode has acquired fame and a created a very clear profile for quality and reliability in contemporary music that doesn't appeal only the happy few.