"Bernard Coutaz, who founded the respected independent classical record label Harmonia Mundi and ran it for five decades, died on Friday. He was 87 and lived in the southern French city of Arles. The cause was a heart attack, said Jean-Marc Berns, the head of Harmonia Mundi's press service, on Monday. Harmonia Mundi works on a regular basis with about 40 artists, among them the Belgian conductors René Jacobs and Philippe Herreweghe, the French pianist Alain Planès, the German baritone Matthias Goerne and the German countertenor Andreas Scholl. Mr. Coutaz, who founded the label in 1958, remained attached to albums, eschewing digital music and making a point of reinvesting the company's profits into production. The company's shareholders do not earn dividends. Eva Coutaz, his wife, will replace him as the head of the music label, which is based in Arles and employs around 330 people around the world, the company said"
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