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Image 11CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies
Mozart Akademie Amsterdam / Jaap ter Linden

From the Symphony No.1, composed when Mozart was just eight years old, to the mature and well-loved 'Haffner', 'Prague' and 'Jupiter' symphonies, this comprehensive 11-CD set collects together Mozart's complete body of work in this genre, performed on period instruments by the Mozart Akademie Amsterdam and conducted by Jaap ter Linden. Mozart is recognised as one of the great composers of the Classical symphony, building upon the achievements made by his mentor Joseph Haydn to develop its form.

At the time that he composed his Symphony No.1 in 1764, the symphony's form was still closely linked to that of the French opera overture, with three short movements in a fast-slow-fast pattern. Gradually, composers like Haydn began to expand this structure to the four-movement form that we are familiar with as the Classical symphony. These fascinating developments in style and structure can be heard in Mozart's changing approach to symphonic composition throughout his career, and the booklet notes that accompany this release trace such developments in depth.

Also included in this collection are Mozart's landmark symphonies, beginning with Symphonies Nos. 25 and 29, which were composed in 1773 and 1774. Here, the mature voice of Mozart the symphonist is truly established, and these works were followed by a string of masterpieces - Symphonies Nos. 31 'Paris, 35 'Haffner', 36 'Linz', 38 'Prague', 39, 40 and 41 'Jupiter', all written over a 10-year period.

These later works exerted a huge influence over the composers that followed, particularly Schubert and Mahler, who also replaced the courtly minuet of early symphonies with an Austrian Ländler, as Mozart did in the 'Jupiter' symphony.

179 kr (359 kr)
Image The Complete Symphonies (9CD-box)
Heinz Rögner was one among many fine conductors working extensively in the former East Germany whose recorded work flew beneath the radar of Anglophone listeners, whether through lack of exposure to their work in the concert hall, lack of international PR, or plain snobbery and political prejudice. But if the name suggests stolid pig farmer more than commanding maestro, the interpretations, of Bruckner in particular, revealed a subtle and dynamic musician schooled in the old ways of rigour but not bound to their traditions. Born in Leipzig in 1929, he took over the city's 'second' orchestra at the age of 29, and then in 1973 began a 20-year stint at the head of a similarly overshadowed body, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (formerly the RIAS Symphonieorchester Berlin, now DSO Berlin).

These recordings of Bruckner's mature symphonies, never before collected in a single set, are marked by their comparative swiftness and clarity of texture at a time, in the postwar era, when Bruckner was a byword for expansive, hymn-like solidity: these are not the 'cathedrals in sound' of yore but more secularly conceived solutions to the 'problem' of the symphony with which Bruckner wrestled all his professional life. Here they are complemented, to form a complete set of the numbered symphonies, by recordings similar in spirit led by three other conductors whose work in the Eastern bloc was remarkable for its consistency and impassioned precision, the Czech Václav Neumann, the Russian Kurt Sanderling and the Moravian-born Franz Konwitschny.

179 kr (299 kr)
Image The Complete Symphonies
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Image 9CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies / Symphonic Poems / O
Staatskapelle Berlin / Otmar Suitner
Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra / Theodore Kuchar
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Antal Doráti

Spread over nine CDs, this release represents a treasure trove of works by Dvorák, dedicated to and featuring the best of his orchestral music. The composer stands as the most popular of the Czech nationalist movement, one who despite German influences (Dvorák counted Brahms and Wagner among his inspirations) became a byword in the assimilation of folk roots into serious musical composition. Not only did he use existing melodies, but he composed his own folk-based themes too.

Apart from the nine symphonies, which of course include the enduringly popular 'New World', written during the composer's sojourn in America, the compilation also features a series of overtures (such as the famous Carnival Overture, an exuberant celebration of human life at its best), tone poems (A Hero's Song, which is a sort of Czech equivalent to Strauss's somewhat later Ein Heldenleben, and four gruesome folk.

179 kr (299 kr)
Image Complete String Quartets (10 CD)
Given their infrequent appearances on concert programmes, Dvorák’s string quartets have done rather well in the recorded catalogues. There are several recordings of the complete cycle of 16 works, which span the composer’s career. A couple have been made by native ensembles from the composer’s Czech homeland but also a couple more by central-European ensembles such as the Stamitz Quartet, who since their foundation in 1985 have been known as leading interpreters of Czech repertoire. The approach of the Stamitz Quartet is quite different from either the Panocha or Prague ensembles, noted David Hurwitz in Classics Today: ‘more relaxed, less rhythmically charged, and gracious in an old-world sort of way… The group also gives unusual stature to the somewhat formally scattered early works, particularly the monstrous Third Quartet, which at 72 minutes has to be just about the all-time longest string quartet that ostensibly observes the rules of classical form.’ Taken as a whole, the quartets chart the evolution of Dvorák’s style, from his interest in Wagnerian music in the years prior to 1870 – in the String Quartet in D major – to the folk-infused works of his later life, such as the String Quartet in G major Op.106, and show the influence of his time in the United States, with the String Quartet in F Op.96 'American'. If the only Dvorák quartet that you’re familiar with is the ‘American’, then this set will provide an embarkation point for what should prove an immensely fruitful musical journey. The late quartets in particular are shaped by the oscillations between varied weather and song that sit at the heart of the three late symphonies. According to the Taipei Times, this set is ‘a feast for a lifetime. They’re gorgeously warm and evocative recordings, and no one could possibly go wrong in choosing them...this remains an astonishing bargain.’ This reissue includes full programme notes on each work.

179 kr (329 kr)
Image 8CD-BOX: Complete Harpsichord Music
Michael Borgstede, harpsichord
Roberto Loreggian, harpsichord

This 8CD set contains the complete harpsichord works by Handel!

Handel was, like his contemporaries J.S. Bach and Scarlatti, a formidable keyboard player, a virtuoso displaying "an uncommon brilliancy and command of finger" (Handel's first biographer John Mainwaring). Although Handel's focus was on opera and oratorio (much more commercial...) his output for the harpsichord is of high quality, great variety and instrumental originality.

Handel's best known and popular works for the harpsichord are the 8 great suites, beautiful melodious works written for professionals and amateurs. Further he wrote a great quantity of separate preludes, fugues, lessons, dances, chaconnes.

Excellent performances by two keyboard specialists: the suites are played by Michael Borgstede: "textual clarity, crisp ornamentation and complete grasp of the music" (Gramophone). The other works are played by one of the foremost Italian keyboard players, Roberto Loreggian, who recorded successfully for Brilliant Classics works by Frescobaldi, Gabrieli and Vivaldi.

169 kr (299 kr)
Image Complete Piano Music (9 CD)
Jeroen van Veen, piano

This set contains the complete music for piano by Erik Satie, including the works for 4 hands.

Satie’s piano music became immensely popular in the 70’s of the last century, when pianists like Reinbert de Leeuw and Aldo Ciccolini took it out of the realm of “serious classical music”. Especially the Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes became “Music for the Millons” and adorned many amateur’s piano stand.

This set proves however that there is much more than the Gymnopédies. Satie created a whole world of revolutionary aesthetics, mixing the serious with the absurd, the sense and the nonsense, the surreal and the banal. He had immense influence on composers after him, including Cage, Stravinsky and the Minimalists like Glass, Nyman and others.

Pianist Jeroen van Veen, the Champion of Minimalism, is the ideal interpreter of Satie, his playing, quasi-naïve, is hypnotic, entering another sound and time dimension.

Excellent liner notes by a musicologist and the artist himself.

179 kr (299 kr)
Image Trumpet Concertos (10 CD)
This is a sparkling set of concertos for the trumpet along with other pieces that highlight the instrument, providing vivid readings of some of the most renowned masterworks in the trumpet repertoire plus recordings of lesser-known yet equally idiomatic compositions. Joining the well loved Classical trumpet concertos of Haydn and Hummel are the many Baroque works featuring trumpet by Telemann and an Italian champion of the instrument, Giuseppe Torelli, along with famous pieces by Vivaldi and Handel. We find another prolific trumpet composer in the German baroque violinist Johann Melchior Molter, and fine concertos from Quantz, famed more for his flute music, and Johannes Matthias Sperger, a renowned player of and composer for the double bass. The music of Quantz’s teacher, Jan Dismas Zelenka, is enjoying a revival, as is that of Johann Friedrich Fasch, admired by both Bach and Telemann, who wrote an extraordinary concerto for three wind choirs with nine trumpets between them. Later in the 18th century, some composers stretched the limits of virtuosity in the natural trumpet, before the advent of valves around 1815. These include Georg Reutter II and the enigmatic Franz Querfurth, who both demanded sustained playing in the highest register. Tuscan composer Francesco Manfredini, like Querfurth, is known today for little else besides his trumpet concerto, while the majority of his works are now lost to history. Authors who wrote prominently for the trumpet in pieces other than concertos include Johann Schmelzer and Johann Joseph Fux, along with Fux’s student František Tuma, while Beethoven’s composition teacher Johann Georg Albrechtsberger wrote concertos for the jaw harp, whose harmonics are well suited to adaptation for the natural trumpet. Though somewhat overshadowed by their more illustrious family members, Michael Haydn and Leopold Mozart both wrote fine trumpet concertos, while two generations of Bibers, Carl Heinrich and his more prominent father Heinrich Ignaz Franz, composed sonatas and dances for multiple trumpets. Rounding out this set are outstanding modern additions to the trumpet repertoire, including trumpet concertos by the Armenian Alexander Arutiunian and French composer André Jolivet, as well as Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, which casts the solo trumpet in a prominent role. A new issue in the successful Brilliant Classics box set series featuring popular solo instrument concertos: the Trumpet. The trumpet originates from the 14th /15th century, and has developed into one of the most brilliant and best loved brass instruments, due to its strong character, able to express both festive and sweet emotions.
Includes the famous Trumpet Concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart, but also lesser known concertos by Molter, Manfredini, Torelli, Quantz, Hertel, Fasch, Telemann and many more. Played by world famous trumpet players Ludwig Güttler, Thomas Hammes, Otto Sauter. Newly written liner notes are included in the booklet.

179 kr (329 kr)
Image Horn Concertos (10 CD)
An instrument in evolution, today's French horn bears little resemblance to the horns of the past. Even before it was first used in classical music, the horn was frequently found in religious ceremonies as a useful way of calling people to prayer, and of course played a vital role on the hunting field. Since then, the instrument has undergone vast transformation, the most important being the addition of valves, allowing players access to all notes rather than just the natural ones. Its first recorded usage comes around the end of the 16th century, when Cavalli's opera Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo calls for a 'chiamata alla caccia'. However, it did not appear as a solo concerto instrument until years later; one of the first examples is an anonymous Sonata da caccia, included on this release, with the horn playing hunt-like motives in a concertante relationship alongside strings and continuo. The Baroque period saw a flurry of composers adding horn concertos to their repertoire, often in a group with other instruments. Telemann wrote several concertos and overtures that feature the horn. His Italian contemporary Vivaldi wrote two concertos for two horns, the second of which features here. Other lesser-known composers are also represented: the horn player Peter Damm has discovered and now champions neglected pieces for the horn repertoire, including concertos by Peter Johann Fick and Christoph Förster, who were both active in the first half of the 18th century. Their German contemporaries include Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann David Heinichen and Johann Joachim Quantz, all of whom wrote a great quantity of horn music. Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bohemian composer active in the same period, would later be championed by Smetana. His Caprice in F for two horns includes some playful writing between the two solo instruments. Another Bohemian composer, Franz Anton Rösler – who would later Italianise his name to Francesco Antonio Rosetti – composed several horn concertos, and CD9 is given over entirely to these. He inspired none other than Mozart (found on CD6), possibly the most famous composer of horn concertos, whose highly idiomatic writing for the instrument has never been surpassed. Mozart's contemporary Haydn also finds a place, with his Concerto No.1 featured alongside a spurious Concerto No.2 generally attributed to the composer. Michael Haydn's Horn Concerto has received more attention recently, and is certainly no pale imitation of that of his older brother, beginning as it does with an unusual slow movement. In the Romantic period, Carl Maria von Weber was the first to imbue the horn concerto with the spirit of the period, in his Concertino in E minor. He was followed by Schumann, who composed his technically demanding Konzertstück a few months after the Adagio and Allegro Op.70. Richard Strauss did not shy away from challenging repertoire; both of his horn concertos ask much of their soloist. Lesser-known Othmar Schoeck and Hans Georg Pflüger, both active in the 20th century, make up the last CD of this set, demonstrating why the renewed attention they currently command is very deserving. This set features some of the biggest names of the horn world: Peter Damm is present not only as a performer but also as arranger. Australian hornist Andrew Joy is a very highly regarded performer; among others, he plays Pflüger's concerto, which he himself premiered in 1986. The young player Felix Klieser is an extraordinary musician; having been born without arms, he plays with his toes, on this CD of music by Haydn and Mozart described as 'remarkable' by Gramophone magazine. Czech brothers Zdenek and Bedrich Tyslar are well known in their homeland for championing neglected Czech music; characteristically eastern European, they play on modern double valve horns, allowing for a superbly focused sound. This 10CD box is unique in featuring not only the best of horn repertoire but also those unjustly neglected pieces that deserve to be rediscovered. Amateurs and aficionados alike will be highly satisfied with this set. An extensive collection of horn concertos from several centuries. This set includes horn concertos by Telemann, Förster, Haydn, Beer, Vivaldi, Quantz, Zelenka, Heinichen, Fick, Reicha, Sperger, Von Weber, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Lortzing, Fasch, Mozart, Fiala, Pokorny, Rosetti, R. Strauss, Schoeck, Pflüger: a true “Cornucopia”! The horn as a musical instrument has developed considerably since its first use many centuries ago, when man blew on animal horns as signal or ritual. The many technical improvements led to the use of the horn as a versatile solo instrument in the baroque: its festive and jubilant character could be set off against a smooth and dolce cantabile. Excellent performances by a.o. Peter Damm, Felix Klieser, Herman Jeurissen. The booklet contains new liner notes, written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release.

179 kr (299 kr)
Image Flute Concertos (12 CD)
A wonderful selection of concertos and other works featuring the flute from the 18th and 19th centuries, this box showcases 14 composers who championed the flute, each in their own way, with refined and idiomatic music for the instrument. Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti (father in the musical Scarlatti family) were active during the 1720s, an era of transition from the end-blown recorder to the more powerful and easily tuned side-blown transverse flute common today. The works in this set by Scarlatti include concertos for both, while the modern flute is the star of the remaining music, from Vivaldi’s complete Op.10 concertos through to the fine F minor concerto by Büchner, a 19th-century German composer active in Russia. C.P.E Bach, Benda and Quantz all served in the court of Frederick the Great – a gifted amateur flute player who demanded works for his instrument from the musicians in his employ – and this accounts for the great contribution these three composers made to the repertoire. From later in the 18th century we have the inventive and idiomatic flute music of Mozart, along with that of several of his contemporaries, Germans Danzi and Hoffmeister, the Bohemian Rosetti, and the Frenchman Devienne, whose worthy music was thankfully revived in the 1960s by Jean-Pierre Rampal. Joining Büchner in the 19th century are the Italian Mercadante and Swiss-born Du Puy who was active in Scandinavia. Both noted opera composers, their sense for breath and melodic line no doubt informed their fine flute music. Soloists of international calibre and renown perform with equally noteworthy ensembles in recordings spanning four decades: from Patrick Gallois’s recent outings in Sweden (Devienne) and Finland (Mercadante) and Ginevra Petrucci’s renditions of Du Puy and Büchner with Milan’s acclaimed Pomeriggi Musicali to timeless interpretations from Johannes Walter and the Staatskapelle Dresden (Mozart), Machiko Takahashi with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, and Hungarian virtuosos András Adorján (Benda, Danzi) and János Szebenyi (Hoffmeister, Rosetti). Authentic performance is also represented in this 12CD set, with Mario Folena joining Vivaldi specialists Federico Guglielmo and L’Arte dell’Arco, and Federico Maria Sardelli and Ugo Galasso soloing on both flute and recorder with Modo Antiquo – all on period instruments. Iceland’s Nordic Affect period ensemble features Georgia Browne in flute music by Abel, who wrote his chamber works for his pioneering London subscription concerts, organised with his friend J.C. Bach. Another special feature in this treasure box of flute gems is Mary Oleskiewicz’s world premiere recording on Baroque transverse flute of four concertos by Quantz, a composer synonymous with the flute for his important contributions to the instrument’s pedagogy, technology and repertoire. This 12 CD set contains a generous collection of solo concertos for the most popular of wind instruments, the flute. Traversing more than two centuries the collection presents concertos by the great Baroque Masters Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach and Alessandro Scarlatti, continuing into the classical era with concertos by Abel, Mozart, Benda, Danzi, Hoffmeister, Rosetti and Quantz, and finally arriving in the romantic era with Devienne, Mercadante, Dupuy and Büchner. Performed by world famous flutists such as Patrick Gallois, András Adorján and Ginevra Petrucci. A treasure trove of the known and lesser known, a feast of sparkling, melodious and brilliant flute concertos for both the serious collector and the classical starter!

189 kr (299 kr)
Image Oboe Concertos (12 CD)
Like the violin, the oboe is one of the few instruments to have retained its popularity as a concerto instrument from the days of early Baroque for centuries to come. Thanks to its piercing timbre, able to soar above ensembles large and small, the instrument inspired works of excellent quality from a vast array of composers. This box brings together some of the finest music for oboe and orchestra from the Baroque period to the late Classical.

We begin with the master of the Baroque oboe concerto, Antonio Vivaldi, who wrote over 20 concertos for the oboe. Although the instrument was still in flux at this point – and Vivaldi had to moderate some of his writing to accommodate the oboe’s lack of agility in playing wide leaps at speed – he still manages to produce some creative and highly pleasing works. Albinoni was less inclined to rewrite violin music for the oboe (something Vivaldi did regularly), making his compositions more idiomatic. He experimented with writing for a variety of instrumental combinations, weaving his concertos for one or two oboes into the same opus of violin concertos, again underlining the two instruments’ connection.

J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto for violin and oboe is a shining gem; despite the original manuscript being long lost, and the only available score a reconstruction based on the transcription for twoharpsichords, Bach’s characteristic solo instrument writing shines through, particularly in the sweet cantabile of the slow movement. His son’s writing for oboe was more extensive and represents a marked change in style from the Baroque era, as the oboe became a popular instrument for chamber music of this period in an ensemble as well as alone.

It is interesting, therefore, to have C.P.E. Bach’s Pastorale and Oboe Sonata included here alongside his concertos, demonstrating the value of the oboe during this period across many genres.

Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K314 holds its rightful place as an outstanding example of the concerto genre in the Classical period. He wrote it for Giuseppe Ferlendis, whose own oboe concerto also features on this release. Once thought to have been written by Mozart himself, Ferlendis’s concerto shares many elegant characteristics with the great composer’s style.

The oboe concertos of several lesser known composers serve as an interesting counterpoint to the more established works of this genre. Vincenzo Bellini wrote one of the few concertos for the instrument of the 19th century. Although better known for his outstanding operas – such as Norma – Bellini was also an adept orchestral writer. His bel canto style shines through on this beautiful oboe concerto. The Bohemian composer Rosetti wrote nine concertos for oboe, of which the Concerto in D – featured on this release – is one of the best examples, showcasing the composer’s imaginative orchestration and skilful contrapuntal writing.

An extensive collection favourite Oboe Concertos from the Baroque and Classical Era! The oboe was one of the first wind instruments gaining a solo role in the Baroque. Its strong, nasal timbre, able of expressing both joy and sadness, established the instrument as a leading voice within the instrumental ensemble.

This 12CD set contains oboe concertos by Albinoni, Vivaldi, Marcello, Telemann, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Bellini, Rosetti, Lebrun, Fiorillo, Dittersdorf, Ferlendis, Hofmann and Mozart.

179 kr (369 kr)
Image 11CD-BOX: Sacred Choral Works
Mozart may have written masses of masses as a professional obligation,m but that doesn't mean they are are merely workaday music. They tend towards a bright and joyful C major, amenable as the key is to the instrumentation of trumpet and drums that will make a joyful noise in a vast acoustic like that of the Stephansdom in Vienna, but they also include many tender arias, none perhaps more memorable than the soprano's solo in the Benedictus of the 'Coronation' Mass, though everyone will have their favourites, and indeed be able to discover many more in this comprehensive set. Not just the Requiem and 'Great' C minor Mass, then, whose original purposes still remain shrouded in confusion, but short, simple devotionals such as the Benedictus sit Deus; all offer a pleasing call upon our attention, especially in these stylish modern performances.

209 kr (379 kr)
Image 11CD-BOX: Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. X-XX
Fanfare Music: "Dutch pianist and composer, Jeroen van Veen, the leading exponent of minimalism in Holland today", Alan Swanson, Jan 2010.

The Minimal Piano Collection for one piano (BC8551) ended with "In C" by Terry Riley. Many of the composers on this new 11 Cd box have stated that this particular piece was a starting point for them to compose in a new way, exploring the ways that were created, the spaces between the notes, the emptiness, the freedom.

Elizabeth Bergmann & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev and Sandra van Veen & Jeroen van Veen recorded 83 compositions. From two pianos up to six pianos, from Steve Reich 'standard' Pianophase to Six Pianos.

The composers on this new box are John Adams, Jurriaan Andriessen, Louis Andriessen, Marcel Bergmann, William Duckworth, Julius Eastman, Douwe Eisenga, Morton Feldman, Graham Fitkin, Joep Franssens, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Gabriel Jackson, Tom Johnson, Simeon ten Holt, David Lang, Colin McPhee, Chiel Meijering, Wim Mertens, John Metcalf, Carlos Michans, Meredith Monk, Arvo Pärt, Michael Parsons, Alexander Rabinovitch, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Tim Seddon, Jeroen van Veen, Jacob ter Veldhuis and Kevin Volans.
On the included Cd-ROM you can find all the biographies, background information and some sheet music. Van Veen recorded many pieces on his own using multi track technique.

This set will not only please the customers who bought the white box, but also anyone looking for interesting music from American, British, Canadian, Dutch and many more composers who wrote beautiful tonal repetitive music for two or more pianos. Many customers use the Minimal Collection to get inspired, or to work with or simply to enjoy.
Get carried away by the new black box; 854 minutes of wonderful music, enjoy the Minimal Piano Collection, let the journey begin including a few recording premieres!

189 kr (359 kr)
Image 10CD-BOX: Complete Choral Works
The career of Thomas Tallis, an organist, composer and Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, spanned the reign of four English monarchs, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, as well as the significant religious and musical changes brought about by the Reformation and creation of the Anglican Church. Despite working during an era of religious turbulence, Tallis remained a celebrated composer throughout his lifetime, adapting his compositions to meet the changing expectations placed on church musicians by each monarch.

This 10-CD collection of Tallis' complete works illustrates the composer's versatility and response to the musical climate of his era. In addition to well-known landmark works such as his Gaude gloriosa Dei Mater, Lamentations and the 40-voice Spem in alium, included in this set are the more obscure secular songs and instrumental works.

Other information
- CD-ROM with notes and texts
- Includes a number of obscure and previously unrecorded secular works

179 kr (329 kr)
Image Telemann Collection
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, this release encapsulates a snapshot of the composer's varied and wide-ranging works. Deservedly celebrated as one of the greatest Baroque composers, Telemann mastered a variety of genres, from solo concertos to large-scale oratorios. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1681 (four years before J.S. Bach), Telemann's musical talents were recognised early on, when he studied singing and composition with the cantor Benedikt Christiani. His parents were unhappy about the possibility of a future musical career, and tried to pair him with a teacher who would give him a rounder education; however, when Caspar Calvoer recognised his musical talents, he also encouraged Telemann to develop his abilities. Although he entered Leipzig University intending to study Law, Telemann soon abandoned this for his musical career. In 1705 he became Kapellmeister to the Count of Promnitz, who frequently travelled through Italy and France; Telemann soon immersed himself in the French style, and, while working for the count, was also exposed to Polish and Moravian folk music. Telemann then became Konzertmeister for the Duke of Eisenach Johann Wilhelm. It was in Eisenach that he began to focus particularly on instrumental music, still in his preferred French style. He also met Bach here for the first time, later becoming godfather to C.P.E. Bach. His first marriage ended in tragedy, when his wife died in childbirth a year after their wedding; his second, to Maria Catharina Textor, was more successful. Together they had nine children, though none would go on to become a musician. In 1721, Telemann became cantor and musical director of the five main churches of Hamburg, sparking the most creative period of his career. He was obliged to produce two cantatas for every Sunday, and a new Passion for Lent. Despite a heavy load of teaching responsibilities, Telemann also found time for public concerts, and supplemented his income further by printing his works (despite protests from the city's printer). Famously, he applied for and then turned down the position of Thomaskantor in Leipzig, forcing Hamburg officials to increase his salary, solidifying his position in the city. He became part of the intellectual fabric of that city, vacating it only for a sojourn to Paris in 1737–38, where he wrote the Paris Quartets. In the years leading up to his death in 1767, Telemann published little, but remained alert to the musical trends of the day, corresponding regularly with younger composers such as C.P.E. Bach. He was highly popular still at the time of his death, but fell out of the favour during the 19th century. Only towards the second half of the 20th century was the composer's reputation fully restored, culminating in a comprehensive thematic catalogue that documented over 3000 works. Brilliant Classics has already released an extensive Telemann Edition (BC95150), comprising 50CDs' worth of music, which is an excellent addition for any lover of Baroque music. However, those just looking to dip their toes into the water for the first time will find much to treasure on this release, a fine selection of some of the most exquisite examples of Telemann's works. The musical world commemorates the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific and important Baroque composers. Telemann was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers, on a par with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, both of whom he knew personally. Telemann’s music incorporates several national styles, including the French and Italian, and is even influenced by Polish popular music. His music is always fresh, inventive, melodious and full of humour, wit and instrumental brilliance. This 10 CD Collection (an “Edition Light”) contains Telemann’s most popular works, including the famous Tafelmusik, concertos for trumpet, recorder and oboe, orchestral suites and the Passion Oratorio. Performances by excellent early music ensemble like Musica Amphion/Pieter-Jan Belder and Erik Bosgraaf and Cordevento.

179 kr (329 kr)
Image 8CD-BOX: Overtures
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681--1767) was one of the most prolific composers of the 18th century; although the largest part of his compositional activities were devoted to vocal music, he wrote a substantial number of overtures, which this splendid 8-disc collection is dedicated to.

Although Telemann chose the title of 'Overtures', this was somewhat interchangeable with the genre of the Suite in his era. Each work opens with a three-part French overture, and this is followed by a series of varied, shorter pieces -- encompassing everything from dances (drawn from the French tradition and beyond), fugues, chaconnes, passacailles, musical portraits, folk dances and evocations of scenes and characters.

In these eight discs, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense and Patrick Peire's three separate volumes of Telemann Overtures have been collected together for the first time, creating a box set that is set apart by its breadth. Its overview of 33 Overtures illuminates Telemann's hugely inventive approach to instrumentation, while revealing the wealth of subjects that he sought inspiration in. The 'Alster Overtüre', for example, named after the Alster river in Germany, features a 'Concert of Frogs and Crows', while another Overture is inspired by Cervantes' Don Quixote.

Beyond this, the set is distinguished by authoritative performances. Collegium Instrumentale Brugense and Patrick Peire are experts in historical performance practice, but use modern instruments, making these recordings truly distinctive and rigorously researched.

169 kr (299 kr)
Image 8CD-BOX: The Complete Orchestral Music
The only edition of the orchestral works by Respighi, now available in a 8CD set!Respighi is one of the foremost Italian composers of the first half of the 20th century. His fame rests on his Roman Trilogy, the scenic depiction of the Italian capital, its festivals, its pines and its fountains. His other works however are equally remarkable, and show an symphonist pur sang, with a rich and innovative orchestration and feeling for colour and atmosphere, inspired by the long musical heritage of his country (influences of Gregorian Chant, renaissance songs and dances, Rossini's musical pranks).Excellent performances by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, conducted by Francesco la Vecchia, who did inestimable work recording neglected Italian symphonists like Dallapiccola, Malipiero and Ghedini. "conducted with obvious affection, the playing has engaging spirit and grace" (Gramophone). A real bargain at budget price!

169 kr (299 kr)
Image 7CD-BOX: Waves
Jeroen Van Veen, piano

Ludovico Einaudi may well become the "Satie of the 21-st century". His minimalist, deceptively simple piano works reach a massive audience well beyond the strict boundaries of traditional classical music. CDs with his music break sales records, the hypnotic calmness of his works being the perfect recipe against modern world's stress and fatigue.

Einaudi's piano works fit in logically with Jeroen van Veen's survey of Minimalist Piano Music, and this 7-CD set is the most substantial collection available at present.

149 kr (239 kr)
Image The Complete London Manuscript
Almost an exact contemporary of Bach, Silvius Leopold Weiss (16871750) was renowned in his day as one of the most proficient lutenists in Europe. Born in Grottkau, now part of Poland, he soon established himself in the service of Prince Elector of Saxony August the Strong, based in Dresden, where he eventually became the highest paid musician of the court. Over his lifetime he composed over 200 sonatas, and, remarkably, many of them remain conserved and unplayed to this day. The manuscripts can be found in various libraries scattered across Europe, and the London Manuscript, held in the British Library since 1877, contains a staggering 26 solo sonatas as well as other individual and ensemble works with flute. The sonatas are not like the typical Classical sonatas that would appear in Mozarts time; they are structured more like a Baroque suite, normally comprising six individual movements, lively gigues and courantes as well as allemandes and slow sarabandes. Although Weisss lute music has been compared to that of J.S. Bach, there is a wealth of originality here that is not always found in Bachs works, due to Weisss deep understanding of the instrument. Weiss utilised unusually sophisticated harmonies, particularly in the later works, where he frequently employed diminished seventh chords and bold enharmonic changes. His ensemble works for flute and lute add a striking new voice, leading to lively interplay between the two instruments.

179 kr (399 kr)
Image 12CD-BOX: Complete Chamber Music
Isabelle Faust, violin
György Pauk, violin
Karl Leister, clarinet
Brandis Quartett
Tokyo Quartet
The Nash Ensemble
and others

This extensive collection comprises the complete chamber works of Johannes Brahms. These works are often considered to be the finest offering of chamber music since that of Ludwig van Beethoven; a selection which perfectly captures the musical and creative personality of its composer. Many perceived Brahms as a true champion of the Classical tradition, although his works also show the influence of Franz Schubert, Brahms's most revered mentor. Thus Brahms's innovative tonality and expansive structures heralded an entirely new era of chamber music. The works showcase the evolution of Brahms's treatment of theme; sometimes combining several melodies at once, developing a theme as it was being presented or else presenting a theme again in recapitulation, but changing the mood or character, to evoke a totally different feel. The composer wrote for an abundance of chamber-music ensembles, bestowing the Piano Quartets Opp. 24 & 25 with qualities that are associated with much larger-scale works.

Among the many illustrious performers on this recording are the Brandis Quartett, Tokyo Quartet and The Nash Ensemble, alongside a host of other stellar instrumentalists.

179 kr (409 kr)
Image Corelli Edition
It may seem surprising: can 10 discs really contain all of Arcangelo Corelli's output? They can, and do, but the surprise is merited, for the influence and reputation of these works far outstrips their quantity (and how often can one say that of a Barock composer!). On display here is the apogee of Barock form as displayed in the genres of Solo Sonatas, Trio Sonatas and Concerti Grossi, full of sparkling virtuosity and an intimate knowledge and love of the violin and its potential as a solo instrument.

The influence was felt most immediately in Rome, where he was based for his adult life, but publication of these collections soon earned him a name across Europe, as much as his prowess as a solo violinist did; for this was the golden age of the composer as creator, when composition went hand in hand with performance. Of course there is plenty more music Corelli composed which hasn't survived, or at least not on manuscripts with his name on them, for Corelli as an impresario frequently staged oratorios to which he would have contributed sinfonias and instrumental numbers.

What survives is never less than highly polished; often bold, and continually inventive, as is more than evident in these performances from a welcome and uniform perspective by a leading Dutch period-instrument ensemble. And it's unique; there is no other Corelli box on the market, nor has such a project ever been attempted before or since.

179 kr (329 kr)
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