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Brilliant Classics: Box-sets +21 cd


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Image Haydn Edition (160 CD)
Reissue of the successful Haydn Edition, the only substantial Edition in the market. Extended version, now 160 CDs, with the addition and completion of the Masses, the String Quartets, the Notturni, and the opera L’Anima del Filosofo. Includes Award winning performances by Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra/Adam Fischer, Buchberger Quartet, Emma Kirkby, Frieder Bernius, Bart van Oort, Haydn Trio Vienna, and many more. The greatest celebration of one of the greatest and not yet fully appreciated composers of all time: craftman and genius, creator of a musical world of wonder, surprise, wit and sentiment, forever to be explored and marveled at.

1.259 kr (1.769 kr)
Image 170CD-BOX: Mozart Edition
Revised version of the successful "Mozart-Box" The "Mozart Complete Edition", the 2006 on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) first appeared, was a milestone in the history of recorded music: Never before has the overall consumption of a composers so often sold, never before has the interest of listeners to such a broad Edition so great. Apparently exerts Mozart's music remains an incomparable fascination. The new edition of Mozart Complete Edition is the recipe for success of the previous editions and combines top-class traditional interpretations, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paul Freeman, the Staatskapelle Dresden under Herbert Blomstedt and Otmar Suitner or the pianist Klára Würtz, with historically-informed performances of recognized experts as the Mozart Akademie Amsterdam under Jaap Ter Linden, Musica ad Rhenum. below Jed Wentz, La Petite Bande under Kuijken Sigiswald and the Forte pianist Bart van Oort


1.259 kr (1.769 kr)
Image 142CD-BOX: Bach Edition
142 CDs representing the entirety of Johann Sebastian Bach's oeuvre in historically informed performances.This includes all 200 sacred cantatas recorded for Brilliant Classics on period instruments and sung by the Holland Boys Choir.Big name artists include Thomas Zehetmair,Pieter Jan Belder,Bob van Asperen,René Jacobs,Arleen Auger,Lucia Popp,Edith Mathis,Peter Schreier and Matthias Goerne.For reasons of completeness,pure musical enjoyment,scholarly research,attractive,space saving design and price,you cannot afford to be without Brilliant Classics improved Complete Bach Edition.142 CDs representing the entirety of Johann Sebastian Bach's oeuvre in historically informed performances.This includes all 200 sacred cantatas recorded for Brilliant Classics on period instruments and sung by the Holland Boys Choir.Big name artists include Thomas Zehetmair,Pieter Jan Belder,Bob van Asperen,René Jacobs,Arleen Auger,Lucia Popp,Edith Mathis,Peter Schreier and Matthias Goerne.For reasons of completeness,pure musical enjoyment,scholarly research,attractive,space saving design and price,you cannot afford to be without Brilliant Classics improved Complete Bach Edition.


1.169 kr (1.599 kr)
Image Beethoven Complete Edition 2017 (85 CD)
It would not be an overstatement to declare that Ludwig van Beethoven stands as one of the most significant figures in Western civilisation: a composer who shaped the course of music history through his mastery of rhythm, melody and harmonic exploration, pushing the boundaries of form and effectively bridging the gap between Classicism and Romanticism – and yet all the while continuously professing how difficult he found composition. Detailing his complete output – from his earliest years to his last, by which time he had almost completely lost his hearing – this 85CD box reveals an extensive palette of styles and mediums, rendered all the more obvious by the box's division into different genres (starting with the symphonies and ending with the large corpus of different national folk songs). This box is the 2017 reissue of Brilliant Classics’ acclaimed Beethoven Complete Edition, with updates including Beethovenian pianist par excellence Alfred Brendel now in the complete cycle of Piano Concertos, Alessandro Commellato on historic fortepianos in brand new recordings of the 18 sets of ‘without opus’ piano variations, Emmy Verhey in the Violin Concerto and Romances and a definitive Mass in C from Stuttgart’s Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium. Further information: • Liner notes available on www.brilliantclassics.com • Updated reissue of Brilliant Classics’ highly successful 94630 Beethoven Complete Edition

779 kr (1.199 kr)
Image 65CD-BOX: Handel Edition
Alfred Deller, Arleen Auger, Erik Bosgraaf, Concerto Köln, Musica ad Rhenum / Jed Wentz, King's College Choir,
RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

An exact contemporary of Bach, George Frideric Handel was one of the most important composers of the Baroque era, carving out a career for himself which was equally as impressive as his fellow countryman's.

Born in Halle, Germany, to parents who were initially opposed to his devotion to music, Handel soon moved from his hometown to the great operatic centre of Hamburg. The opportunity to meet people from around Europe led to a rapid development of his skills, and, influenced by the Italian style that was gathering pace around him, the composer took the opportunity to travel to Italy, staging La Resurrezione in Rome in 1708. Handel's reputation soon picked up, and in 1710 he became Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hannover, Prince George, who would soon become King George I of England. The connection with England had been established, and Handel moved there permanently in 1714, helping to found the Royal Academy of Music five years later. When the new Covent Garden Theatre was established in 1736, Handel celebrated the opening night with a performance of Alexander's Feast.

Following his operatic success, the composer turned to oratorios, starting with the biblical Saul and Israel in Egypt, and premiering Messiah in Dublin in 1742. The next year, despite suffering paralysis in his hand, he completed Samson and the Dettingen Te Deum, with Semele appearing in February 1744. Five years later came one of his most popular works, Music for the Royal Fireworks; up to 12,000 people attended the first performance, an indication of just how popular the composer was in his own lifetime. After staging a performance of Messiah to benefit the Foundling Hospital in 1749, Handel was made a governor, beginning a relationship with the institution that would last the rest of his life.




709 kr (1.269 kr)
Image 66CD-BOX: Vivaldi Edition
The master of Italian Baroque music is indisputably Antonio Vivaldi. Throughout his life, he composed hundreds of works, and is remembered perhaps second only to J.S. Bach, ranking as one of the most popular composers of all time. His oeuvre crosses an extraordinarily wide range, from instrumental compositions of all types to sacred cantatas and operatic works, a vast number of which are presented in this comprehensive box set.Vivaldi composed a large part of his works while working at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, where he was employed as a composer, teacher and violinist. The aim of the foundation was to provide an education and home for orphaned children. Vivaldi remained in the post on and off for over 30 years, and was under obligation to compose a new cantata for every feast day. His reputation, however, grew thanks to his post, adding up to over 140 in his absence. His operatic works grew vastly in number, instrumental skills rather than his compositions at first; as a violinist, he was known for his extraordinary cadenzas and virtuosic playing style. He became better known as a composer when Dutch publisher Etienne Roger brought out Lestro armonico in 1711, a hugely popular collection of 12 violin concertos, included on this release in full. J.S. Bach was particularly enthused by the manuscript, and his transcriptions for organ have gained popularity on their own merit his version is also to be found in this edition, a fascinating point of comparison, and a testament to Vivaldis reputation in his lifetime.During the 1720s and 30s, Vivaldi began to travel widely, while still sending compositionsto the Pietà in Venice when required: despite being unable to teach, he was clearly still a major asset, as he was asked to send two concertos a month by and he began working closely with soprano Anna Girò, who was rumoured to be his mistress. Vivaldi died in Vienna, and, incredibly for such a famous and wealthy man, was given a paupers burial. His last few months in Vienna had been frustratingly lacking in work, as concert houses were closed to mourn the death of Charles VI; however, his last opera was eventually staged posthumously there in 1742.Vivaldi was a divisive figure during his lifetime, well known for being vain and conceited. His vanity, though, is certainly deserved; we are left with the overwhelming evidence. More than 50 operas (of which 21 survived), 500 concertos and 90 sonatas are no mean feat for a man who by all accounts was also a superb teacher and virtuosic violinist. This release draws attention to the diversity of his oeuvre, starting with his instrumental music and moving on to feature his sacred cantatas and operas. It is the most comprehensive edition of Vivaldis music yet, bringing together 66 CDs showcasing hundreds of different performers and ensembles, many of them performing on period instruments as they strive to recreate the sound of the composers timbre through their researchled contemporaneous playing styles.


709 kr (1.269 kr)
Image Romantic Piano Concertos (40 CD)
"Why is it that, when asked to name the most magnificent piano concertos of the Romantic age, only a select few spring to mind? And while these may have been recorded numerous times, why do we allow other concertos of the period to languish in obscurity?

This exciting new release aims to shine a light on those other pieces from the period, which deserve to be better known. It takes in over 60 composers and runs the full gamut of the age we now call ‘Romantic’ – from the initial stirrings of Romanticism in the works of Clementi and Stamitz, through the early adopters such as Field and Hummel, to the passionate virtuosity of Liszt, Saint-Saëns and Lalo, as well as those neo-Romantic composers who looked fondly back to the era, such as Samuel Barber."

559 kr (789 kr)
Image Anthology Of Classical Guitar Music (40 CD)
Guitar lovers are lucky enough to have their pick of repertoire, spanning the entire globe as well as many centuries. Never before, however, have they been able to listen to their favourite pieces all in one place – from Baroque to 20th Century, from Latin America to north Germany. This ambitious and expansive set of 40 CDs brings together a wide range of works for solo guitar guaranteed to satisfy those eager to explore repertoire both known and unknown. We start our journey with Robert de Visée, born around 30 years before J.S. Bach. His Suites – which may also have been played on a lute or theorbo – are fascinating examples of some of the only existing French Baroque music for guitar. Bach himself did not write as much music for the stringed instrument as he did for keyboard; however, the transcriptions of his violin Partitas work perfectly on the guitar. Likewise, Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti have been transcribed here from the keyboard for the guitar. The Italian composer worked in Spain for the majority of his life, and the Spanish influences he picked up there make a smooth transition to the stringed instrument. The Classical and Romantic eras saw a period of development. Fernando Sor, one of the most important figures in guitar music, elevated the guitar from a 'tavern' instrument to one that commanded respect. He himself contributed a vast amount to the guitar canon – such as his Études – alongside the Italians Ferdinando Carulli and Luigi Rinaldo Legnani and Sor's pupil, Napoléon Coste, who became the leading guitarist in his native France. Sor's 20th-century successor is arguably Francisco Tárrega, considered the father of the guitar. His technical innovations helped to raise the profile of the guitar as a solo instrument, as he successfully persuaded Antonio de Torres Jurado to construct a large instrument suitable for use in concert halls. The Spaniards dominated this period – alongside Tárrega were Isaac Albéniz (who never actually wrote specifically for the guitar, but whose music has been arranged a number of times), Joaquín Turina, Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla. Rodrigo's homage to Falla – the Invocación y danza – shows the composer's recognition of Falla as one of the greatest influences on Spanish composers working in the latter half of the 20th century. Next, we travel across the Atlantic to investigate one of the most important locations for the creation of guitar music: Latin America. Composers working here took particular inspiration from indigenous influences, including the Paraguyan Agustín Barrios Mangoré and the Argentinian Ástor Piazzolla. Manuel Ponce, a leading Mexican composer, wrote his famous Estrellita, which soon became a beloved Mexican folk song. It is present here in a sparkling arrangement for solo guitar. The 20th century saw the expansion of the guitar across the globe. The repertoire grew widely, thanks to composers from such diverse places as Russia, Poland and the Netherlands. German composer Hans Werner Henze wrote his original Royal Winter Music, based on Shakespearean characters, in the late 1970s. Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, born in Italy, spent much of his career in Hollywood, after fleeing the Nazi threat in Europe in 1939. He still wrote much classical music alongside his works for the big screen, including his well known Les Guitares bien tempérées. Dutch composer Henk Badings was discredited after the war for having cooperated with the Nazis. A recent renewed interest in his music has resulted in this recording of his Twelve Preludes for solo guitar – a world premiere for Brilliant Classics, first released in 2012. This set features performers of international quality. Among them are: the Paganini expert Luigi Attademo; Cristiano Porqueddu, who will be performing in New York's Carnegie Hall in July 2017; Frédéric Zigante; Giulio Tampalini; and many more besides. There are numerous world premiere recordings, of works both modern and older, thanks to recent rediscoveries. The guitars used range from carefully crafted modern instruments to period instruments, including the 'Sabionari' guitar by Antonio Stradivari. The release will be sure to satisfy both guitar aficionados and those looking to dip in and out of a diverse mixture of guitar music from around the globe. The most extensive guitar collection available! This 40 CD set spans several centuries of guitar music: from the Baroque where the guitar gained preference over its ancestor the Lute, to the Classical Period in which the instrument was emancipated and gained its rightful place as a serious concert instrument, through Spain, its country of origin, right into the 20th century where famous composers extended its sonic possibilities to the very borders of the spectrum. A treasure trove of unprecedented scope and substance, for both connoisseur and music lover, performed by world class guitarists! Recorded between 1996 and 2015. Contains liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release. The booklet presents the necessary background to the music, putting each composer in his historic perspective.

559 kr (789 kr)
Image 45CD-BOX: Dvorak Edition
The most comprehensive Dvorák Edition available! This new instalment in the
popular Brilliant Classics Composer Editions offer a wide selection of Dvorák's
works: the complete symphonies, symphonic poems and overtures, Slavonic
Dances, complete concertos, string and wind serenades, the complete string
quartets and other chamber music works, the complete piano music, choruses,
songs, the impressing and substantial Requiem and Stabat Mater and the popular
opera Rusalka.

Many of Dvorák's works count among public's favourites all around the world. The
combination of classical-romantic craftsmanship, the unique melodic gift, and the
influence of warm blooded, vibrant Bohemian folk music and dances make them
irresistible.

Acclaimed performances by internationally renowned artist: the Staatskapelle
Berlin/Suitner in the symphonies, the Janacek Philharmonic/Kuchar in the
symphonic poems, pianist Rudolf Firkusny, violinist Ruggiero Ricci, cellist Zara
Nelsova, Bamberg SO/Doráti, Peter Schreier, and many others offer idiomatic and
passionate music making.


529 kr (859 kr)
Image 45CD-BOX: Schumann Edition
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig / Kurt Masur; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Klára Würtz, Peter Frankl, Ronald Brautigam, Arleen Auger, Wolfram Schmitt Leonardy and others

Robert Schumann is perhaps best remembered for two things: the sheer number of his compositions, particularly his piano music, produced in his relatively short life; and his passionate and deeply tumultuous relationship with Clara Schumann, née Wieck, his highly accomplished pianist wife. Schumann's life was clouded with episodes of depression and emotional turmoil, to the extent that he spent the last two years of his life in an asylum, tormented by incidents of paranoia and delusion, as well as a fading memory. Despite - or maybe because of - his turbulent emotional state, Schumann managed to complete hundreds of compositions, from expansive orchestral works to tender Lieder and even a fully fledged opera.

Schumann found inspiration at different points in his life to write for different forces. The year 1840 became known as his 'Lieder year', and among his many inspired compositions was the cycle Frauenliebe und - leben, a compelling account of a woman's life and love.

In 1841, not long after marrying Clara, he was inspired by her encouragement to start writing for orchestra. He composed his first Symphony ('Spring') in February of that year, later sketching his Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op.52 in April/May and composing what would become the Piano Concerto in May. In the same year he completed his D minor Symphony, though he wouldn't publish it for another ten years, making it his Fourth.

The next year would come to be known as his 'Chamber Music' year; despite struggling with resentment that Clara's popularity as a pianist was outstripping his own as a composer, Schumann managed to turn his unhappiness into a productive spell of composition. In February 1842 he began the first two String Quartets, finishing them off in the summer, and in July he composed his third. The Piano Quintet was written in October, and November saw him working on the Piano Quartet. This highly productive period saw the composer exploring a range of styles, with intricate fugues as well as lighter motifs taken from Haydn and Mozart.

In 1843 Schumann began working on oratorios, including Das Paradies und die Peri, but his true ambition was to write an opera. Unimpressed with Wagner's offerings, Schumann spent a lot of time in thought before settling on the medieval tale of Genoveva for his first operatic work, completed in 1848. The opera is far removed from the vast forces required for Wagner; the work is a scene opera, characterised by recitativestyle phrasing and a sumptuously lyrical orchestral score.

Throughout his life Schumann composed for the piano, inspired at first by his forbidden love for Clara (only receiving permission to marry her in 1840 after a long legal battle). His piano compositions continued well into the latter stages of his life, even during his time in the asylum. 14 of the 45 CDs on this release are dedicated to Schumann's solo piano music, not to mention his intricate writing for the Piano Concerto and piano chamber works.

Among the many singers featured are Arleen Auger, one of the most highly regarded sopranos of the 20th century, who performs the magnificent Frauenliebe und -leben, as well as Peter Schreier, who focuses on Lieder penned by Heinrich Heine. Newer recordings include Schumann's chamber works, performed by Quartetto Savinio - described by La Repubblica as 'the heirs to the Quartetto Italiano' - along with Quartetto Klimt and the Daniel Quartet. At just €45 for 45 CDs, this release represents excellent value for money, with a superb mixture of recordings old and new.


529 kr (859 kr)
Image 500 Years of Organ Music, Vol. 2 (50 CD)
The first volume of 500 Years of Organ Music (95310) plunged us into the world of a majestic instrument which has been a formidable presence in churches and cathedrals for thousands of years. In this new anthology we delve deeper into the vast soundscape, discovering an eclectic range of composers and their equally varied works for what Mozart once described as ‘the king of instruments’. Much of the oldest organ music has been lost or destroyed. However, to this day in institutions and libraries around the world ancient manuscripts are still discovered languishing on cobwebbed shelves, and the music’s fragments are painstakingly pieced together, allowing new works to come to light. For instance, we are introduced to Gonzalo de Baena, whose collection Newly devised method for learning to play, dating from 1540, was only rediscovered in 1992. Other Renaissance-era highlights include Italian virtuosi Cristofano Malvezzi, Giovanni Maria Trabaci and Antonio Valente, whose works offer an insight into the era’s musical traditions, with parallel triads and typically highly ornamented melodies. Encompassing a range of European contributions, the anthology also features Spanish early music and particularly the tiento. Deriving its name from tentar ‘to touch’, the tiento is Spain’s answer to the Italian ricercar. The style is exemplified by Francisco Correa de Arauxo’s Libro de tientos y discursos de música practica, published in 1626, and its pieces set the stage for the Spanish Baroque era. Among the German composers, the set includes Johann Caspar Kerll, a highly-respected composer in his day whose works were studied by Handel and J.S. Bach. He is virtually forgotten today, but receives due credit here with a full album dedicated to his canzone and toccatas. Naturally, a survey of the German organ music repertoire is not complete without the contribution made by the Bach family, and seven members of the family, including J.S. Bach, grace this set.

529 kr (869 kr)
Image 37CD-BOX: Boccherini Edition
New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Michael Erxleben
Accademia i Filarmonici di Verona
Enrico Bronzi
Lajos Léncses
Parisii Quartet
Eros Roselli
La Magnifica Comunità
Ilario Gregoletto
Ensemble Claviere
Petersen Quartet
Franco Angeleri
Enrico Gatti
Galimathias Musicum
Luigi Puxeddu
Federico Bracalente
Claudio Lapolla
Francesco Lattuada
Francesco Ferrarini
Barbara Vignudelli
Orchestra da Camera 'Benedetto Marcello'
Flavio Emilio Scogna


One of the most distinguished figures of the Classical period, the Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743--1805) was revered by 18th-century listeners and musicians for the charm, elegance and lyrical beauty of his music. Although his legacy has been undervalued in modern times, this new 37 CD box set, the most comprehensive on the market, invites listeners to rediscover the distinctive musical voice and graceful style that won Boccherini acclaim during his own lifetime.

The composer's famed chamber works are explored in particular detail: a broad survey of the string quintets highlights the
warmth and sophistication that listeners have found so appealing in Boccherini's music, and the oboe, piano and guitar quintets (including the evocative 'Fandango' Guitar Quintet) showcase his imaginative handling of instrumental and tonal colour. Boccherini's prodigious talent as a cellist is apparent in the virtuosic cello sonatas and concertos, which call for an array of dazzling instrumental techniques, while the Stabat Mater is one of just a handful of vocal works that he wrote during his career. Also included are two discs of mature symphonies, less ground-breaking than those of his contemporaries Mozart and Haydn but equally compelling for their expressive melodies subtle innovations.

Over these 37 discs, Boccherini's works are given outstanding readings by specialists in 18th-century repertoire, with a number of performances on period instruments. The collection is a testament to the enduring charm of the Italian composer's music, and listeners will cherish the opportunity to rediscover and explore it in greater depth.



449 kr (759 kr)
Image 33CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies
409 kr (689 kr)
Image Cello Sonatas Edition (33 CD)
The earliest cellos emerged in Northern Italy during the 16th century, and this set begins here. It opens in Bologna where the first wire-wound strings were invented and where the pioneers of solo cello repertoire Domenico Gabrielli (1659–90) and his foremost pupil Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1667–1727) lived and worked. Continuing our tour of Italy, we pass via Vivaldi in Venice, and Lanzetti in Naples. Throughout history, musicians have toured and joined pan-European ensembles, and Baroque-era Italian cellists introduced audiences across the continent to their new instrument – for example Boccherini, who was born in Lucca, moved abroad, joining the household of the Spanish Infante as resident composer and cellist. He wrote around 40 sonatas, and the selected works in this set are characteristic of his style, imbued with elegance and brilliance. Outside Italy, the role of the cello evolved further, and Beethoven’s contribution to the repertoire broke new ground in establishing the concept of a genuine duo sonata for cello and piano. During the Romantic era, Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47) wrote numerous works for cello and piano duo. His Op.45 was praised by Schumann and has an interesting cross-historical nature. Much like Beethoven’s cello sonatas, the centre stage is shared by both instruments. The piano part is modern in its virtuosity and relentless pace while the cello part has a Classical nature with balanced phrasing and a refined, cantabile melody line. Onto more modern works, Alfred Schnittke’s cello sonata is another highlight. Programmatic in nature, the piece sounds as though it should belong to a horror film score, and the opening features an arrhythmic piano bassline set against the frantic and swirling cello melody. Schnittke (1934–98) was initially considered to be the natural heir of Shostakovich, but he goes further than his predecessor and pioneered polystylistic techniques.

409 kr (689 kr)
Image Michael Haydn Collection (28 CD)
An inspiration to Mozart and a teacher to composers such as Diabelli and Weber, Johann Michael Haydn was a respected and influential figure during his lifetime. Michael and his brother Joseph both boast a sublime musical output, but history has favoured the younger brother. Although Joseph was undoubtedly a rare genius, Michael’s works merit equal recognition, and this set explores his diverse musical repertoire from the better-known sacred music to rare recordings of seldom heard works. The collection opens with Michael Haydn’s symphonies. By the age of 25, he already held the prestigious position of court composer and Konzertmeister in Salzburg. The earliest symphonies included here, No.1 in C and No.1B in F, date from 1758 and display the youthful energy of a composer finding his feet. In comparison, the later symphonies demonstrate a greater understanding of the complexities of every instrument in the ensemble. His penultimate symphony, F major MH507, features an expressive Adagio ma non troppo where the composer gives the bassoon a lyrical melody line. Haydn also wrote concertos that gave prominence to under-represented instruments including the trombone and the clarinet, the latter of which had only been invented at the turn of the 18th century. Haydn’s varied and extensive output caught the eye of Mozart, 20 years his junior. He greatly admired Haydn and the two remained close friends until Haydn’s death in 1806. Michael Haydn has suffered from musical misattributions, and many of the works in this set have only recently been correctly attributed. For example the G major symphony MH334 was believed to have been Mozart’s Symphony No.37 until 1907, when musicologist Lothar Perger discovered Mozart had only written the introduction. Scholarship has continued shedding light on Michael Haydn’s music, and an improvement on Perger’s 1907 catalogue of the composer’s works is the recent one created by Charles Sherman and T. Donley Thomas in 1993, in which 838 pieces are each assigned an MH number according to the authors’ best guesses at chronology. Michael Haydn also wrote serenades, divertimenti and notturni, genres popular during the Classical and Romantic eras, where a tuneful melody is prioritised over technical virtuosity. The D major Serenade MH86 has ten movements including a concertino for horn and trombone, which features uplifting solo lines. Haydn wrote some 850 works during his lifetime, with sacred music constituting nearly half, but a few works in particular stand out. The Requiem, or Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismondo, is one of his most solemn compositions. It was written for the death of Archbishop Siegmund, but the grief and sorrow expressed in the music was also likely linked to the recent death of his only child in 1771, Aloysia Josepha. Meanwhile the Missa Sancti Francisci (St Francis Mass) is more lively, and there are fast movements of challenging violin semiquavers while the choir sing praise. The Classical era witnessed an extraordinary musical outpouring across Europe. It has been dominated by the colossus of Mozart and Joseph Haydn, who have cast their shadow over many of their contemporaries. Michael Haydn is one of these composers who has been sorely overlooked, and this set goes a long way towards bringing the composer into the light. Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806), younger brother of Joseph, was born in Rohrau Austria, on 14th September 1737. Aged eight, he joined Joseph among the choirboys at St. Stephen's in Vienna, while he studied singing, violin and organ. Aged twenty-five, Michael was appointed court composer and Konzertmeister in Salzburg, having already completed more than a dozen masses, fifteen symphonies and other works. In 1781 he became the organist of Salzburg Cathedral. He stayed the rest of his long and productive life in Salzburg. Although nowadays Michael Haydn is overshadowed by the fame of his brother Joseph, during his lifetime he was highly respected and praised by Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and notably by his brother Joseph, who considered Michael’s vocal works even better than his own. This extensive collection of works by Michael Haydn includes a substantial number of symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sacred vocal music and operas. In many works Michael Haydn equals the freshness, wit and lyricism of his famous brother’s works, whereas his religious works breath a solemn, intimate and truly pious spirit. A true discovery of a Master of the classical style, an underrated genius deserving far more exposure! Another enterprising issue in the series of Editions of Minor Masters by Brilliant Classics, previously featuring composers Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Hummel, Franck, Alkan, Locatelli, Alessandro Scarlatti and others.

379 kr (599 kr)
Image 29CD-BOX: French Harpsichord Music
Pieter-Jan Belder, Michael Borgstede, Yago Mahúgo, Franz Silvestri, Francesco Cera

A unique set, an extensive Anthology of French harpsichord music!

This set represents excellent value for money. It is the most comprehensive set yet of French harpsichord music, and spans over 150 years, allowing the listener to fully comprehend the remarkable changes that took place during this fascinating period.

In the early 18th century, the harpsichord has matured into its own style of short, evocative character pieces, which owe less and less to the dance archetypes. And, while the works of the Grand Siècle are full or grandeur and solemn grace, the century of Louis XV is more inclined to elegance and lightness.

Recorded in Italy and The Netherlands, 2005-2015, by leading harpsichordists, specialists in the style: Pieter-Jan Belder, Michael Borgstede, Francesco Cera, Yago Mahúgo, Franz Silvestri. Newly written liner notes are included in the booklet.


379 kr (599 kr)
Image Alessandro Scarlatti Collection (30 CD)
A prolific Baroque composer of great skill, recognised by music historians particularly for his development of the Italian vocal style, the Sicilian-born Alessandro Scarlatti was overshadowed in his own day by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi and later by his composer son Domenico, who would transition into the Classical era and is widely appreciated for his more than 500 keyboard sonatas. Usually described as a Neapolitan composer, Alessandro Scarlatti had strong ties as well to Rome, where he spent about half of his active career. The fact that at least 40 of his operas survive from his first 18 years in Naples as maestro di cappella (1684–1702) – and he is likely to have written twice that many during that period– gives an indication as to his abundant creativity both there and in Rome, where he thrice lived and worked: as a young man, again while in his forties, and finally when approaching the age of 60. This set provides a rich sampling of Scarlatti’s vast output, with many great recordings not only of the vocal music for which he is most widely acclaimed –the duets, the comic intermezzos, the serenata La Gloria di primavera and the chamber cantatas, a genre he perfected, as well as the sacred oratorios, his Opus 2 sacred concertos and the Vespers and St Cecilia Mass – but also his unjustly neglected instrumental music, including 6 CDs devoted to his keyboard works. The first serious Edition of one of the most important but still neglected Italian Baroque composers: Alessandro Scarlatti, founder of the Neapolitan School, and a great influence on composers after him. Contains a substantial selection of large scale oratorios, operas, cantatas and instrumental music. Music of great invention, passion and brilliance. Performed on period instruments by Italian Early Music soloists and ensembles/orchestras. Recordings date from 1961 to 2015. Contains liner notes by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

379 kr (689 kr)
Image Baroque (25 CD)
The 17th and 18th centuries marked the era of Enlightenment, overseas exploration, unprecedented European economic expansion and a flourishing of art and culture, not to mention the birth of the greatest composers in history. From concertos to fantasias, suites to sonatas, Brilliant Classics presents a comprehensive and concise overview of this innovative and groundbreaking period in musical history, the Baroque era. The set opens with Venetian composer Tomaso Albinoni and his famous Concerti a5, in which he was the first Italian composer to use the oboe as the solo instrument in a concerto. He influenced J.S. Bach, who is fittingly the next composer to feature. Bach pioneered the Concerto Grosso form, with several soloists plus accompaniment, as opposed to just one. There is no better example of this than the famous Brandenburg Concertos, where solos are shared between a group of instruments and the various timbres of the different instruments make for varied and interesting pieces. In the first concerto, Bach employs horns, then mainly used as open-air hunting instruments, a twist on the refined concert piece performed in an elegant chamber setting. Bach also admired the work of Alessandro Marcello. Although Marcello’s work is lesser known, his music is notable for its forward-looking nature. Far from copying the styles and structures of his contemporaries, Marcello’s music is unique in its emotional impact; it’s dark and tempestuous, inflicted with a romantic streak. Passing via selected works by Purcell, Corelli and Telemann, Alessandro Stradella’s string sinfonias are found towards the end of the set. Stradella lived only to the age of 38 and yet he wrote over 300 works. He also found time to conduct a string of love affairs leading to his untimely demise at the hands of an assassin hired by a rival.

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Image Grieg Edition (25CD)
It’s easy to dismiss Edvard Grieg because of the familiarity of the Peer Gynt Suite and the Piano Concerto in A minor, but to listen to just those works is only scratching the surface of a diverse repertoire. Grieg’s works drew international attention to Norway and, for a while, the composer succeeded Mendelssohn as Britain’s most popular living composer. This set is an immersive experience, as we delve into the lush green landscapes of Grieg’s homeland. The collection opens with In Autumn, an arrangement of a traditional Reapers’ Song, followed by his celebrated Piano concerto in A minor Op.16, which Franz Liszt enjoyed playing. Grieg’s more impressionist works such as Klokkeklang (Bell-ringing), published in 1891, where tonal ambiguities arise from shifting fifths and liberal use of the pedal, sound remarkably similar to Debussy’s works published in the years that followed. What makes Grieg’s music special is his connection to nature and the wilderness: the rolling hills, lofty mountain peaks, the thick dark forests which hide the giants, faeries and elves of folklore. Along with the well-known works, this release also sheds light on the hidden gems in Grieg’s repertoire including his vocal works, which are seldom performed or recorded due to their vocal complexity and the unfamiliarity of the language. The songs are often settings of folk stories, such as Den Bergtekne (‘The Mountain Thrall’). The old Norse poem is arranged for baritone voice with instrumental accompaniment and tells the story of a young man lost deep in the forest who is bewitched by the Elvin-King’s daughter. His Lyric Pieces for solo piano have also been sorely overlooked. In Book X Op.71, ‘Skogstillhet’ (Peace in the Woods) is a standout piece. It recalls the mystery and tranquility of a forest, from the sunlight filtering through the trees with its soft opening chords to the rolling bass in the middle section evoking the secrets hidden in its darkest depths. For Grieg, his surroundings were a source of inspiration and he recognized the natural landscape as a fundamental and irreplaceable part of his homeland. In today’s rapidly developing world, where expansion is often prioritized over preservation, Grieg’s music has a pressing relevance.

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Image Russian Chamber Music (25 CD)
Russia is home to some of history’s most significant writers, philosophers and leaders. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Lenin, Chekhov and Berdyaev to name a few espoused radical ideas about art, morality and the human psyche. During this era the Orthodox Church loosened its iron grip over society and secular music became more permissible. As a result, musical culture flourished with composers drawing on Russian folk and European classical traditions for their own unique creations. This set is a celebration of the nation’s creative prowess featuring a selection of the finest chamber music from this golden age. The set opens with Mikhail Glinka (1804–1857), widely considered a colossus of Russian music who cast a shadow of influence through successive generations of composers. Next, probably the best-known composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), receives due recognition here. While his most famous works are the ballets, this release sheds light on some of his lesser-known chamber music such as the abandoned Quartet Movement in B-flat. Dating from 1865, the movement is all that remains of the composer’s first attempt to compose a string quartet, and the main theme draws its melody from a Ukrainian folksong heard by Tchaikovsky from a gardener at Kamenka (he would later use the same theme in Scherzo à la russe). The same disc also includes String Quartet No.2 in F Op.22 which Tchaikovsky considered to be his finest work. Along with the greats, including Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Borodin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, this release brings our attention to the hidden gems of the Russian chamber repertoire. Nikolai Roslavets (1881–1944), for example, is a sorely overlooked pioneer of modernism and a victim of censorship. Praised as ‘the Russian Schoenberg’ by Nikolay Myaskovsky, he experimented with atonality and sought to reorganise the twelve-tone scale, as well as form and rhythm. The Soviets, however, were less impressed and his music was officially repressed from 1930. To avoid detection by the authorities, the composer even went so far as to falsify three different versions of his autobiography. After his death his manuscripts were confiscated, and his name was excluded from Soviet literature and musical dictionaries. The revival of his music only came about in the second half of the century.

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Image Anthology of the Recorder (26 CD)
The recorder’s heyday was the early Baroque period. In fact, until the 18th Century the recorder was known simply as ‘flauto’ (flute), while the instrument we today call the flute bore the specific name ‘flauto traverso’ (transverse flute), a confusion in terminology that has often led to compositions addressed to the recorder (flauto) being performed on modern flute. Der Fluyten Lust-Hof by Jacob Van Eyck is the most extensive collection of music for a solo wind instrument by a single composer, and the first three discs in this set are devoted to a selection of highlights from this monumental work. Although written for amateur players, the compositions attest to the high standard of musicianship in Utrecht, with technical demands that are challenging even by modern standards. The technique of variation by diminution used by Van Eyck had previously been employed byBaroque composers such as G.P. Cima, Fontana and Castello. The recorder’s tonal purity and exceptional blend in ensemble makes it marvellously suited for adaptations of music originally written for other instrumental combinations. Examples from the early Italian repertoire include the Palestrina ricercar, capriccios by Frescobaldi and canzonas by Gabrieli, Merula and Trabaci. The Elizabethan period was a golden era for English composers. Among the most popular are Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons and Tallis, but there are many magnificent compositions by less familiar names such as Johnson, Tye and Ward. These composers often used popular songs such as ‘Browning’, and favoured melodies from sacred music such as the ubiquitous Taverner Mass ‘In Nomine’, as the basis for consort pieces, typically typically intended for a chest of viols, but again, very successful performed by a choir of recorders. After Van Eyck, A. Scarlatti is among the Baroque composers contributing substantially to this set, along with Telemann, Vivaldi, J.S. and C.P.E Bach, Quantz, Handel, Fiorenza, Giuseppe Sammartini, the prolific Mancini, and even a Vivaldi imposter! Il Pastor fido, previously attributed to Vivaldi, is now known to have been composed by Chédeville, who conspired to publish his composition under Vivaldi’s name in an attempt to gain a wider audience. The set closes with a final CD containing a microcosm of the five centuries spanned by the collection as a whole, featuring arrangements for recorder consort of a great variety of music from Renaissance composers through to those living and writing today. An extensive collection of music for recorder, in repertoire ranging from solo, chamber music to concertos. The history of the recorder goes back many centuries. The recorder’s restricted dynamics are amply compensated by its endless differentations in tone, colours and even pitch. Although the 19th century ignored the instrument, composers in the 20th century rediscovered its unique tone and instrumental possibilities. This collection offers a wide array of music composed for the recorder, starting with the most famous collection “Der Fluyten Lusthof” by Van Eyck, through the 17th and 18th century with its champions Sammartini, Telemann, Fiorenza, Handel, Quantz, ending in the 20th century. Played by the foremost recorder players of today: Erik Bosgraaf, Corina Marti, Marion Verbruggen, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Manuel Staropoli, Stefano Bagliano and many more. The booklet contains newly written liner notes by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

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Image Bach Family: Complete Organ Music (24 CD)
The extensive Bach family was a dynasty unusually rich in musical talent, counting among its ranks numerous composer–organists active in the Northern European Baroque tradition. This remarkable set gathers together not only the monumental corpus of J.S. Bach's incredibly sophisticated organ music, but also that of the most noted (and best-known to today's musicologists) of four generations of his relatives, from great uncles and uncles to cousins and sons. The collection offers a rewarding opportunity to follow the stylistic evolution of organ music from the decades before J.S. Bach's birth through to the creative years of his sons and their younger distant cousin, Johann Ernst, each of whom witnessed the decline of Baroque complexity in favour of Classical balance and grace and conformed to this new trend to varying degrees. The other strand that can be traced in this set is the musical 'DNA' of a clan, whose members were taught by family elders, inherited compositions from them, and who studied and copied the works of their cousin contemporaries, creating a family school of impressive quality. Internal musical borrowing between the Bachs was such that musicologists are still unraveling the mystery of some works' true authorship, as well as identifying pieces by other composers, who borrowed the Bach name in hopes of attaining a share of their glory. This unique set brings together the complete organ works of the many members of the Bach family! The genius of Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t emerge from nowhere: he was actually a scion of a highly musical family, a branch of the rich, ornate and fruit bearing tree called Bach. This set presents organ music by uncles, nephews and children of Johann Sebastian: Heinrich, Johann Christoph, Johann Bernhard, Johann Friedrich, Johann Lorenz, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Ernst. A fascinating anthology of family talent and genius! Played by leading organists specialized in the performance practice of the Baroque: Stefano Molardi, Filippo Turri and Luca Scandali, playing a variety of organs, among which many magnificent historic instruments by Silbermann, Volckland, Trost, Thielemann and Hildebrandt. The extensive liner notes in English were written by Philip Borg-Wheeler Booklet cover features an illustrated Bach family tree.

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Image Complete String Quartets (23CD)
"They (Buchberger Quartet) are evidently at home with Haydn's musical language and make excellent guides through Op.9" (Arkivmusic.com reviewing Vol.1)

"In short, there is a lot here that's genuinely exciting and certainly full of Haydnesque energy" (Classics Today reviewing Vol. 5)

Haydn's string quartets span his creative life -- from the 1750s and the Opp. 1&2 sets through to his last
unfinished quartet in D minor Op.103 of 1803. When the first quartets were written Bach had been dead only a few years and Handel had five years to live. When the last quartet was being worked on, Beethoven had finished his ground breaking Third Symphony. Arguably, Haydn's greatest contribution to music is as the father of the string quartet rather than his oftgiven title as 'Father of the Symphony'. His quartets
developed from divertimenti and cassations, which were little more than light music for the entertainment
of wealthy patrons and royalty, to some of the most profound and visionary music by any composer. In the
same way as Bach's '48' have been described as a summation of all that had gone before, and the major
influence upon all that would follow, Haydn's quartets chart the development of the medium from 'background' music of high quality, to the major art form of the later works. They influenced Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Schoenberg and beyond spanning the end of the Baroque, the Classical period in its entirety and the beginning of the Romantic age. During his lifetime, the world had seen huge social and political upheavals -- the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars which had been fought across Europe (reflected upon in 'Mass in Time of War, and the Nelson Mass), and the foundation of the United States of America in 1776. Acutely aware of the politics of his age, Haydn's development as a composer reflects these turbulent times. Any cycle of the Haydn String Quartets is a major achievement. The Buchberger Quartet's interpretations are based on scrupulous research into sources -- both contemporaneous and modern, and interpretational style -- dynamics, repeats and tempi. This complete recorded cycle is the culmination of a five-year project which has seen the Buchbergers perform all the quartets with illustrated talks and introductions to each work.


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Image 21CD-BOX: Locatelli Complete Edition
Pietro Antonio Locatelli was one of the most important composers of the Baroque period, being a particularly celebrated composer of violin repertoire. His collection L'arte del violino contains 12 violin concertos with 24 caprices in the first and last movement of each, allowing for astonishing displays of virtuosity.

He was born in Bergamo, Italy, in 1695, and at the age of 16 went to Rome to study the violin. Despite the popular myth that he was taught by Corelli, it's unlikely that he ever made contact with him; however, he certainly studied with members of the Corelli 'school', improving both his compositional skills and his performing technique.

Although details of the composer's life are somewhat sketchy, it's clear Locatelli was linked to some of the most influential aristocrats of the time. At some point he was under the protection of Monsignor Camillo Cybo, an advisor to the Pope; at another point, he was granted the title of 'virtuoso da camera' by the Habsburgian governor of Mantua Philipp von Hesse Darmstadt. Just these fleeting details are enough to tell us of Locatelli's growing reputation for virtuosic playing; in Munich in 1727 he was awarded 12 gold florins for a performance, and he pops up again in Germany in 1728, receiving money for services to the court in Kassel.

Eventually, businesssavvy Locatelli ended up in Amsterdam, where the music publishing industry had taken off. Thanks to the composer's meticulous attention to the publication of his works, and the fact that he was legally required to give copies to the Leiden University library, we are left with excellent manuscripts of his Opp. 1-9. His business acumen must have paid off, as his estate at the time of his death comprised large collections of works of art and old books, indicating an impressive prosperity.

Locatelli was the forerunner of 19thcentury virtuosity, and the works on this release reveal a composer eager to exploit the sound of the violin. As well as writing technically demanding solo passages, however, he was also an inventive writer for the supporting instruments, demonstrating a superb knack for fugal writing, and intensifying the texture of the concertino group with the addition of a viola, something unusual for the time. This release is an excellent opportunity to become better acquainted with Locatelli and the wealth of music he composed throughout his life. Demonstrating the versatility of Locatelli's writing, this set includes his Op.5 Trio Sonatas 'o due violini o due flauti' for the violin as well as the flute, allowing the listener to experience the composer's florid writing in two very different interpretations.

Igor Ruhadze and his group Ensemble Violini Capricciosi have dedicated themselves to recording Locatelli's works for some years now. Careful research along with a genuine enthusiasm for the overlooked composer's works have led to a fine set of recordings, previously described by Gramophone as 'brilliantly and at times breathtakingly performed'. The release also includes new recordings of the composer's Concerti Grossi Opp. 1 & 7 and Introduzioni Teatrali Op.4, as well as the haunting Sinfonia funebre, a work to mark the death of an unknown woman in Rome. The vibrant playing of the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi is complemented by Musica ad Rhenum, led by highly acclaimed flautist Jed Wentz, who perform the Flute and Trio Sonatas. This release of 21CDs of listening pleasure represents excellent value for money; a compelling and masterful accomplishment just waiting to be enjoyed.


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Image Viola da Gamba Edition (21 CD)
This extensive set celebrates the vast repertoire of viola da gamba music and explores its contribution to the European musical landscape, from how it was moulded to fit the tastes of different countries, to its evolution in musical styles during the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras. The viola da gamba descends from the medieval fiddle, and the first viol dates from the 15th century. At first it was held sideways, like a guitar, then inspired by the playing style of Arab rebab musicians, Europeans began holding their instruments upright between the legs and thus the viola da gamba, or ‘leg-viol’ was born. For the next three centuries the viola da gamba repertoire flourished and composers throughout Europe were drawn to the instrument because of its rich tone and versatile range which allowed for expressive variety. Unique for its time, the viola da gamba could act as a solo instrument or in different roles as part of an ensemble; as the melodic lead or bass accompaniment, for example. This set takes us on a whirlwind tour of Europe from the 16th to the 18th centuries and features concertos, chamber music, viol consorts and solo pieces. The set begins in England with the first CD dedicated to John Dowland’s work, Lachrimae. Next, we move to Italy, where composers channelled their efforts into writing extroverted concertante music for string ensembles, before touching on treatises by Venetian-born Silvestro Ganassi and Spanish composer Diego Ortiz. Their works represent the earliest collections of music composed exclusively for the gamba. The greatest gamba composers are accorded plenty of space in the set. Marin Marais appears on four CDs, three of which are wholly dedicated to the French composer, and certainly anyone who has watched the film Tous les matins du monde will recognise some of the tracks. A different strand of French talent features in the Pieces de viole collection by Antoine Forequeray and his son Jean- Baptiste. Far from the restrained elegance of Marais, the Forequeray’s music delights in passion. Antoine was famous for his dramatic and brash playing style, and the collection is widely accepted to be the most virtuosic in the viola da gamba repertoire. As well as the opportunity to revel in the works of celebrated composers such as J.S. Bach, Purcell and Telemann, the set also showcases the work of lesser-known composers including Johannes Schenck, Angelo Michele Bartolotti and Jacques Morel, whose complete gamba music closes this set. In its entirety, the set reveals the viola da gamba as an extraordinary instrument capable of emotional depth and versatility, as composers throughout the centuries have sought to realise its potential and thereby their own artistic vision. A tribute to the Viola da Gamba, which for a long period of time was the most important and popular string instrument in use. Its Golden Age was the Renaissance and Early Baroque, it was succeeded in the 18th century by the stronger violoncello. The Viola da Gamba is an instrument with six strings, played while held between the knees (Gamba is Italian for knee). Its sweet, slightly nasal and rich sound has a unique speaking quality, able to express all human emotions, but particularly those of a melancholy or sad nature. This Edition offers an extensive survey of music written for Viola da Gamba, by composers who were often virtuosos on the instrument: Marias, Kuhnel, the Forqueray family, Schenck, Leroux, Ortiz, Ganassi, Corrette, Rameau, Telemann, Bach and Purcell. The set begins with probably the most beloved and moving work for Viola da Gamba Consort: the Lachrimae (Tears) by John Dowland. Played by the foremost Viola da Gamba players of our time: Cristiano Contadin, Rainer Zipperling, Bettina Hoffmann, Patxi Montero, Lixsania Fernandez, and others. A worthy tribute to a nearly forgotten instrument, which gained a renewed public interest by the successful film about Marin Marais: “Tous les matins du monde”.

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Image Virtuoso Piano Etudes (22 CD)
This monumental set dedicated to the Virtuoso Piano Étude offers a rewarding opportunity to witness two centuries in the evolution of masterpieces for the study of the piano. Composers have been challenging pianists with études for a long time. The practice of writing studies for the perfection of a particular pianistic technique developed in the 15th century, but the name ‘study’ or ‘étude’ only really came into its own in the 19th century with the rise in popularity of the piano as a domestic instrument. Works of particular importance were Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum, Moscheles’s Opus 70 Studies, Czerny’s Art of Finger Dexterity and Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, the latter even more extensive and complex than Chopin’s Études Opp. 10 and 25, which transformed the humble piano exercise into concert-worthy material. While each of Liszt’s and Chopin’s études examines a particular aspect of technique, these magnificent works never feel like drills. They remain amongst the most popular works written for piano, regularly recorded and performed in concert. In the 20th century, studies gradually evolved into compositions that were music first, only secondarily exploiting a specific technical challenge for the pianist. Notable composers were Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin and Leopold Godowsky. Godowsky’s Chopin Studies push fingers and feet, mind and imagination, physicality and finesse, fitness, to the outer limits of possibility. By mid-century composers had almost completely abandoned the old tradition. Olivier Messiaen’s 4 Études de rhythme are not didactic compositions but experiments with dynamics, figurations, pitches, etc. – exercises in composition rather than performance. Friedrich Gulda intended his Play Piano Play as exercises in learning the jazz style and improvisation, contrasting traditional neo-Baroque with various jazz traditions. Philip Glass abandoned bar lines to convey his concept of the flow of rhythm, and John Cage’s Études Boreales, initially deemed unplayable because of the wholly unorthodox techniques they explore, require the performer to play, beat or generate sound on various parts of the instrument. These studies represent some of the most innovative and imaginative writing in the modern and contemporary piano repertoire, exploring to the fullest extent what the instrument is capable of.

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Image César Franck Edition (23 CD)
This remarkable set reveals the full breadth and genius of a creative career known to most merely by the tip of the iceberg: a small number of seminal works written in the composer’s final decade of life. Ceìsar Franck (1822–1890), although considered one of the foremost 19th-century French composers, was not in fact French by birth, but Belgian. He only became a full French citizen in 1873 after he had been appointed organ professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His career can be divided into three distinct periods, each characterised by the production of very different types of music. From 1834 to 1846, under pressure from his father, he concertised as a piano virtuoso, and most of the works of this period were written with that purpose in mind. In the decade following his marriage in 1848 he composed virtually nothing but became celebrated as an organist, and he would bring the spacious dimensions of that instrument to his sound world in the years to come. His ‘middle period’ – from about 1858 to 1879 – was devoted to the production of works for organ, church music and a series of monumental choral pieces on religious or biblical subjects. In these three decades he wrote virtually nothing for the piano. From 1879 begins the decade of his late flowering in the great chamber and orchestral works, ushered in by his well-loved Piano Quintet and containing the pieces for which Franck is widely known. Spanning all three periods were opera and his small output of 18 mélodies. César Franck (1822-1890), is widely considered one of the foremost 19th century French composers. He was not in fact French by birth, being born to parents of German stock in Liege, Belgium. He only became a full French citizen in 1873. A child prodigy he studied piano and organ in both Belgium and France. His career as a traveling piano virtuoso was not successful and it was as an organist that he finally established himself and settled in France as a teacher and organist, the Paris church St Clothilde, with its magnificent Cavaille Coll organ, being his home. Like Bruckner and Messiaen, he was a devout Christian who invested his music with an intense spirituality that was matched in his personal life by an almost saintly innocence. His musical style is characterized by intense and rich chromaticism, long, curving melodic lines and highly personal counterpoint. This edition offers an extensive range of his works: the famous Violin Sonata, the Symphony, and the organ works, but also lesser known works like the piano trios, piano quintet and string quartet, the great piano works, the complete songs, the opera Stradella, the mighty oratorio Les Béatitudes, symphonic poems, the rarely heard and recorded Rédemption and the Mass. Performers include conductors Jean Fournet, Roberto Benzi and Helmuth Rilling, pianists Muza Rubackyte and Klára Würtz, violinist Kristóf Baráti and organist Adriano Falcioni.

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