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Image 69CD-BOX: Schubert Edition
Unique: Encyclopedic cross-section of the entire work of Franz Schubert Franz Schubert (1797 1828) takes as a link between classical and romantic a special role among the composers. Starting from the Viennese classics (especially Beethoven of the revolutionary enhancements embossing) experimented with new forms like Schubert and occupations and attacked from many later developments of German Romanticism. He was an extremely prolific composer: Although he was not 32 years old, nearly 1,000 works by him are preserved. During Schubert songs and small-scale piano works have already booked our lifetime some success, were many of his key compositions (such as the "Unfinished", the "Great Symphony in C Major" and the String Quartet No. 14 "Death and the Maiden") unpublished in his lifetime. They gained posthumous fame and their world are central works of music history. The Franz Schubert Edition summarizes the first time in recorded music history along major compositions from all aspects of his oeuvre to a representative, comprehensive 69 CDs Box: This includes the complete symphonies are (the legendary cycle of the Staatskapelle Dresden under Herbert Blomstedt), the piano sonatas (in pictures Klára Würtz by Bart van Oort and others) and the string quartets (by Diogenes Quartet, Brandis Quartet, among others) and large parts of the rest of his piano and chamber music recordings of outstanding artists such as Alfred Brendel, Michael Endres, the Bell'Arte Trio and many more .


kr 599 (kr 999)
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.


kr 439 (kr 799)
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.


kr 363 (kr 559)
Image 15CD-BOX: Organ Works, complete
Stefano Molardi, organ

Any recording of the complete organ works by J S Bach is an event. The sheer scope, monumentality, intellect and humanity of this eternal music is so awe-inspiring that every time we hear it we are struck with a sense of wonder, as if experiencing it for the first time.

This new recording by Italian organist Stefano Molardi is firmly rooted in the authentic performance practice: crisp articulation, brisk tempi, vivid rhythms and great transparency. He uses the most magnificent historic organs (Silbermann, Trost, Thielemann, Hildebrandt) of Germany.

The previously released separate box sets have received rave reviews in the international press, BBC 3 praising it as outstanding and original, magazines giving them 5 star reviews.

The booklet contains information on the instruments as well as scholarly liner notes, written by the artist.


kr 215 (kr 429)
Image The Great Piano Works (15 CD)
Franz Liszt is universally celebrated as one of the greatest-ever virtuoso performers on the modern piano. Contemporary accounts describe his seemingly superhuman technical abilities and equally striking charisma and stage presence. Yet Liszt was a formidable composer, and his expansion of pianistic possibilities was achieved as much through innovation in his own great piano works as through his astonishing performance on the instrument, if not more. Like many child virtuosos thrust early into busy concert careers (Liszt’s began at the age of nine) he retired early, weary of the spotlight, turning his back on the stage at the remarkably early age of 35. Since he lived to the likewise remarkable old age of 75, much more than the latter half of his life was devoted solely to composition, and having been a pianist of his calibre, the works he created for his own instrument were indeed groundbreaking. Showcasing the demanding pieces in this set – from the thundering of Liszt’s virtuoso side to the mysticism of his deeply spiritual side – are 15 renowned pianists on recordings dating from 1994–2016. Liszt’s piano works may be divided into several diverse categories. These include the virtuoso showpieces based on themes from operas (Isoldens Liebestod Alexander Gavrylyuk, Wagner Transcriptions François Dumont, Bellini and Donizetti Transcriptions Mark Viner, Verdi and Beethoven Transcriptions Michele Campanella); religious-inspired or devotional works (Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude and 2 Légendes Irene Russo) the spare, enigmatic pieces from his last years (Trübe Wolken, En rêve, Bagatelle sans tonalité Philipp Kopachevsky and La lugubre gondola Misha Dacic); a ground-breaking sonata regarded as an iconic work of the repertoire (Sonata in B minor Philipp Kopachevsky); and numerous piano transcriptions of other composers’ non-operatic works (Grandes études de Paganini Goran Filipec, Beethoven Symphony No.6 in F Op.68 Pastorale’ Michele Campanella). The set concludes with a grand gesture, as Nelson Freire is joined by the Dresdner Philharmonie under Michel Plasson for Liszt’s two well-loved piano concertos.

kr 210 (kr 419)
Image Complete Sacred Choral Music (7 CD)
Unrivalled in the catalogue, this box brings together all the works in a genre for which Dvorák has been undervalued. The composer was himself a lifelong Catholic, a man of uncomplicated faith and not prey to spiritual torments in the manner of his contemporary Bruckner. Dvorák wrote religious music throughout his career, though his first substantial contribution was the Stabat mater of 1876-7. This large-scale setting burns with a restrained pathos likely intensified during the period of composition by the deaths of his children. One of the most personal of all his major works, the Stabat mater sets the tone for the equally large-scale St Ludmila oratorio of 1886 and the Requiem of 1890: not for Dvorák the hellfire and damnation so vividly evoked by Berlioz and Verdi in their settings of the text: sorrow andconsolation are the Requiem’s key-signatures, just as devout belief infuses the Czech legend of St Ludmila. The Mass in D was originally composed in 1887 with organ accompaniment, but the carefully integrated nature of his setting is in the spirit of the late Masses by Haydn and Schubert, as he recognised by orchestrating it a few years later. His final sacred work is the elementally exuberant Te Deum of 1892, which looks back in spirit to his robust and festive setting of Psalm 149. The recordings in this box are all modern, made during the last 20 years by ensembles in Cologne, Navarra, Warsaw and Washington, and masterminded by noted choral conductors including Gerd Albrecht (St Ludmila), Robert Shafer (Stabat mater, Psalm 149) and Antoni Wit (Requiem, Mass in D, Te Deum). An extended essay on Dvorák’s sacred output is printed within the booklet, and sung texts are available at www.brilliantclassics.com. The complete Sacred Choral music by the most popular Czech composer, Antonin Dvorák, counting among the greatest Romantic Sacred music of the 19th century. Contains the Requiem, Stabat Mater, the Mass, Te Deum and the seldom heard oratorio Svata Ludmila (Saint Ludmilla). Performers include the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra with Antoni Wit, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Albrecht.

kr 156 (kr 249)
Image The Russian Guitar 1800-1850 (7 CD)
Oleg Timofeyev, guitar
John Schneiderman, guitar

The seven-string guitar appeared in Russia in the 1790s and experienced its Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century. This Box Set is a monument to this remarkable era.

The 7 CD’s of this set follow chronologically the development of the guitar in Russia: from the very first works by the “Patriarch of the Russian guitar” Andrey Sichra, through the Muscovite School of Aksionov, Vysotsky and Vetrov, the St. Petersburg School with works by Morkov and others, to the Romantics Alexandrov, Zimmerman and Sarenko.

Also included are songs accompanied by the guitar and chamber music in which the guitar has a prominent part.

A unique project, played by master guitarist Oleg Timofeyev as soloist, seconded by second guitarist John Schneiderman. Timofeyev wrote the extensive and scholarly liner notes himself.

With artist biographies and extensive liner notes written by the artist.

kr 156 (kr 249)
Image 7CD-BOX: Obras de Musica
Harmonices Mundi

Blind from childhood, Antonio de Cabezòn (b.1510) was was appointed organist in the chapel of Queen Isabella at the age of 16, and in 1538, became músico de la cámara to her husband Charles V. After Isabella's death he was appointed the musical tutor of Prince Philip and his sisters. Cabezòn accompanied Philip on trips to Milan, Naples, Germany and the Netherlands between 1548 and 1551. These tours would doubtless have given him exposure to a wide range of music performed by leading musicians of the period. His music reveals both cosmopolitanism and traits that have been identified as belonging distinctly to Spanish musical style or to a personal style.

This complete recorded survey of his Obras de música para tecla arpa y vihuela represents one of the most remarkable, and celebrated collections of instrumental music of the sixteenth-century. The collection divides by genre into instrumental elaborations of liturgical texts; intabulations and transcriptions of popular motets by composers such as Mouton and Josquin; and the famous and original tientos, prized for their combination of the composer's intensity of expression with a good deal of variety and ingenuity.

The performances on a variety of instruments and ensembles are masterminded by the Italian keyboard player and musicologist Claudio Astronio, whose musical enthusiasms range from early music to jazz and pop.

The only available complete recording, recorded in 1995-2010.


kr 156 (kr 249)
Image Minimal Piano Collection Volume XXI-XXVIII (8 CD)
Who is the true father of Minimalism? When the movement originated in the early 1960s, it sprang up organically – some composers played by the rules (even if they were rules of their own invention), while others experimented freely, unaware or unconcerned about how music 'should' be composed. One of those young mavericks was Dennis Johnson, who has now faded into almost complete obscurity after he gave up his musical ambitions for a career in mathematics. But his 1959 composition November can be considered one of the first, if not the first, properly minimalist work. It later went on to inspire La Monte Young (Johnson's class mate at UCLA) to write his prolific Well-Tuned Piano. Complete recordings are few and far between, and this new recording by Jeroen van Veen is the perfect introduction for anyone looking to get back to the roots of Minimalism. Jeroen van Veen is one of the Netherlands' most prominent recording artists. This collection of Minimal Piano Music follows two previous successful albums, available on Brilliant Classics (BC8551 and BC9171). The last album provided a snapshot into the extensive scene of minimalist music today; this one takes us back to how it all began. Featuring several famous pieces from the original minimalist canon – including Philip Glass's Music in Contrary Motion and Terry Riley's Keyboard Studies – there are hours of beautifully relaxing and inspiring music here to enjoy. This 8CD set bring the listener back to the roots of Minimalism, all works were written in the seventies of the 20th century, a time when the new aesthetics and perception of music, sound, repetition and time experience were creating a new chapter in music history. The longest piece is the 5 hour “November” by Dennis Johnson, a work in which the player is free to build the intervals and chords according to his own timing and spacing. The other composers in this set are Philip Glass, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, Terry Riley, Harold Budd and La Monte Young. Recorded in his own studio by the most important protagonist of Minimalism today, Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen. Van Veen has a myriad of recordings to his name, notably the multi CD boxes Minimal Piano Collection 1 and 2, complete Satie, Einaudi, Tiersen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simeon ten Holt and many more. Van Veen wrote his own personal and illuminating liner notes for this set.

kr 173 (kr 289)
Image Complete Concertos (9 CD)
Thomas Zehetmair, violin
Andrius Puskunigis, oboe
Pieter-Jan Belder, keyboard
Christine Schornsheim, harpsichord

Musica Amphion, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Amsterdam Bach Soloists

This 9 CD set contains the complete solo concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Brandenburg Concertos, violin concertos, keyboard concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords and the triple concerto.

As an attractive “bonus” two CD’s are included which contains concerto reconstructions, for oboe, oboe d’amore, oboe and violin and 3 violins. In some cases Bach wrote an arrangement for another solo instrument of an existing concerto of his (or by other composers, such as Vivaldi and Marcello). The original concertos are often lost, and these are reconstructed by present day musicologists and musicians.

Excellent performances on period instruments, by Musica Amphion/Pieter-Jan Belder, Thomas Zehetmair, Christine Schornsheim and oboist Andrius Puskunigis.

kr 164 (kr 299)
Image Keyboard Sonatas
The most comprehensive collection of Keyboard Works by Padre Antonio Soler! Padre Antonio Soler spent most of his life in the monastery of El Escorial near Madrid in his native Spain. He wrote an astonishing number of 471 sonatas for the keyboard, one-movement works in brilliant instrumental style, charming, sunny and tuneful, they may compete with the famous keyboard sonatas by his contemporary Domenico Scarlatti.Pieter-Jan Belder made fame having recorded the complete Scarlatti Sonatas, and his Soler recordings are on the same high level of musical insight and virtuosity: a sheer delight! As a bonus the recording is included of 6 sonatas for two organs, by renowned organists Maurizio Croci and Pieter van Dijk.


kr 164 (kr 299)
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.

kr 164 (kr 299)
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.

kr 197 (kr 359)
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.

kr 197 (kr 359)
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.

kr 197 (kr 359)
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


kr 197 (kr 359)
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.

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Image Complete Multiple Piano Works
kr 190 (kr 379)
Image 12CD-BOX: Complete Organ Music
Simone Stella, organ

The most famous composer of chorale settings must surely be the great Johann Sebastian Bach, who wrote over 500 works of this type, still widely performed and recorded today. In his time, however, the German composer was given a run for his money by his contemporary Johann Gottfried Walther. Born one year before Bach, Walther struck up a friendship with Bach - his second cousin - in 1708, a friendship that inspired him to set over 130 chorale preludes and variations on Lutheran chorale melodies. In addition, the composer transcribed numerous concertos by his contemporaries, among them Telemann, Vivaldi and Torelli, arranging the melodies for the organ in a highly innovative and original way. Walther's most lasting testament is his Musicalisches Lexicon, one of the most valuable sources for the studyof Baroque music today, which solidifies the composer's reputation as a scholar as well as an accomplished performer and composer.

Italian performer Simone Stella has ensured that this 12CD box set includes all of Walther's currently ascertainable free organ works, chorale settings and concerto transcriptions in their entirety. This is an ideal way for any lover of Baroque organ music to explore outside the realms of Johann Sebastian Bach, with a vast treasure trove of exciting chorale preludes and organ settings that offer a new glimpse into the fascinating north German style.


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Image Canto Ostinato XL (12CD-box)
Simeon ten Holt's unmistakable minimalist style is the driving force behind Canto Ostinato, one of the composer's most famous works. Canto Ostinato is the best-loved Dutch piano composition of the 20th century, with its mesmerising melodies never failing to soothe the mind.

The instruments and number of performers for the piece are unspecified; written 'for keyboard instruments', the work has been recorded many times with piano, but this unique set brings together 12 arrangements of the work - for piano, as well as for organ, marimba and synthesizer. With a variety of recording venues ranging from throughout The Netherlands to Canada, this compilation is a must-have addition to any classical music collection.

Jeroen van Veen is a leading light in modern piano performance, as well as a successful composer. Chairman of the Simeon ten Holt Foundation, he has won critical acclaim with ensembles such as The International Piano Quartet, DJ Piano and Jeroen van Veen & Friends.




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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.


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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.

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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!

kr 210 (kr 419)
Image Handel in Italy: Cantatas, Arias & Serenata (14 CD
This 14-CD set showcases works from Handel's short but astonishingly productive time in Italy in his twenties, just before he settled in London. His travels around the country provided him with the opportunity to meet a number of influential contemporaries, and the results of this compositional flourishing are wide-ranging, from opera via instrumental music to secular cantatas. This release focuses particularly on the latter, affording the listener a fascinating glimpse into the first appearance of many melodic ideas which would later resurface in Handel's mature dramatic works.

Indeed, listeners might well feel as though they are listening to scenes from operas – cantatas were a means, at the time, of circumventing the ban on opera in Rome. The familiar theme of the joys and sorrows of love pervades much of the music, but the pieces are richly varied, particularly in their scoring: we hear flutes, recorders, oboes, bassoons, trumpets and the full contingent of strings, including viola da gamba, in numerous different combinations. Often, the orchestral forces for a particular piece are modest, but the emotional depth that Handel draws out is always striking.

A high-calibre, international roster of soloists and ensembles performs the works, with many of the compositions for soprano sung by Stefanie True, whose "vocal agility, accurate intonation and stylish ornamentation are spot-on in this repertoire" (Music Web International). Meanwhile, early music specialists Contrasto Armonico bring "soft and warm sonorities" to the set (Gramophone).

This set presents an extensive collection of works which George Frideric Handel wrote during his short but astoundingly fruitful stay in Italy. Here he met the great composers of the day, imbuing the rich Italian style, full of drama, cantabile and instrumental brilliance. The set’s focus is on the secular Cantatas, all of them mini-operas in scale and substance, dealing with human emotions of love, jealousy, hope and despair. The influence of Handel’s stay in Italy can be found in many of his great operas and oratorios he later wrote in London. Apart from the Cantatas the set includes a selection of Italian Duets, and the Serenata Aci, Galatea & Polifemo. Excellent performances in Historically Informed Performance Practice, by Contrasto Armonico, Musica Perduta and specialist vocal soloists.

Recorded between 1988 and 2014.
Contains liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

kr 230 (kr 419)
Image Stabat Mater
The Stabat Mater depicts Mary standing at the cross of Jesus, weeping at the sight of her son's crucifixion. The poem asks us to share in Mary's pain ('Fac, ut ardeat cor meum') and rejoice in Christ's sacrifice for mankind. The timeless bond between a mother and her son transcends the shifting world around us. Mary's anguish crosses all boundaries, speaking to anyone who has seen a loved one suffering, humanising Christ for experiencing mortal pain even while lauding him as the saviour. Not only is the theme heartfelt and tender, but the Latin text is rhythmic and lyrical, lending itself perfectly to music. The existing versions represent a wonderful diversity of styles. In Palestrina's time, it was important that the music did not interfere with the clarity of the words. His Stabat Mater for eight voices, therefore, is simple, resonant, and wonderfully moving. Vivaldi, Caldara and both Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti were among the Baroque composers to try their hand next; Vivaldi only set the first ten stanzas, ending with the plea to experience Mary's suffering for ourselves. The music, melancholy and minor, contrasts with Caldara's setting, which includes two trombones. Later composers include Luigi Boccherini, who wrote some florid lines for solo soprano, the only early setting to include a soloist. By the time Haydn came to write his own Stabat Mater in 1767 he would have been familiar with those of Pergolesi and Alessandro Scarlatti. It became Haydn's most performed work in his lifetime, notable for its swapping out of the oboes for two cors anglais in two of the movements, creating a graver and more melancholy sound. Dvorák and Liszt both created highly personal settings of the poem: Liszt because of his strong religious impulse – he wrote the Stabat Mater as part of his oratorio Christus while living in the Vatican, having entered the lower orders – and Dvorák because of a string of personal tragedies. The Czech composer lost his eldest daughter Josefa in 1876, which prompted him to begin sketching the music, and he returned to the composition in 1877 after the deaths of his two surviving children in close succession. A number of turn-of-the-century composers lent their romantic touch to the text. Verdi's version, scored for chorus and large orchestra, was written towards the end of his life, and is fully representative of his mature style. Stanford and Howells, both deeply embedded in the Anglican tradition, brought the Stabat Mater into the renaissance of British music. The Stabat Mater has lost none of its allure in more recent times: perhaps its enduring quality has become even more important since the momentous events of the 20th century. Poulenc composed his setting in 1950, stung by the recent death of his close friend Christian Bérard. Knut Nystedt, the Norwegian composer who died in 2014, composed his stripped down Stabat Mater in 1986, scored for choir and solo cello. Influenced by Gregorian chant and Palestrina, the composer brings us full circle to the earliest settings of this ageless poem. Brilliant Classics has brought together a number of first-class performers for this set, including classic performances and new recordings. Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen in their performance of Agostino Steffani's Stabat Mater dolorosa, featuring soloists Elin Manahan Thomas and Grace Davidson. Dvorák's Stabat Mater is stylishly performed by The Washington Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Robert Shafer, alongside Christine Brewer and John Aler, in a performance recorded at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center. Boccherini's Stabat Mater (released in July 2016 and praised by MusicWeb International as 'an engaging performance, high on polish and long on assurance') is performed by the young Ensemble Symposium, featuring Francesca Boncompagni. The text of Stabat Mater Dolorosa, a hymn to the Virgin Mary, is attributed to Jacopo Todi (1230-1306). It is a lamentation upon the tragic fate of Mary, bewailing the suffering and death of her son Jesus Christ at the cross. This outpouring of grief and loss is of universal human appeal and has inspired many composers throughout history, writing music of the most heart wrenching beauty. This 14CD set is the most extensive collection of Stabat Maters ever collected, 23 in total. It includes the most famous Stabat Mater ever composed, that by Pergolesi, as well as by known and lesser composers from the Baroque well into the 20th century, closing with the moving Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt. Included are the original Stabat Mater text and liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this. A worthy successor to the successful Brilliant Classics REQUIEM collection (BC95104).

kr 215 (kr 429)
Image 14CD-BOX: Complete Music for Solo Guitar 1965-2013
Cristiano Porqueddu, guitar

Angelo Gilardino is one of the most important guitar composers of the last half century. His unique style is a blend of the old and new, folk art and contemporary music, from Mozart to Messiaen, all his works are illuminated by a warm and mediterranean glow, a feeling of humanity and love for life.

Included are all the works he wrote for guitar solo & guitar and orchestra. Included are his famous 60 Trancendental Studies.

The set includes many world premieres. No better advocate and interpreter could be wished than guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu, a lifelong pupil and friend of the composer, sharing the same musical passions.

Italian composer and guitarist Angelo Gilardino has been at the forefront of contemporary classical guitar music for over 40 years. His legacy is fittingly recognised by Cristiano Porqueddu, himself already firmly established as one of Italy's leading guitarists, who pays tribute to the composer with this integral release of Gilardino's works.

Recorded in chronological order, starting with compositions from the mid 1960s and ending with works written just a few years ago, Porqueddu delves in to the astonishing variety of music Gilardino has produced. From the 'dreamy' works of his early period - including Estrellas para Estarellas, Abreuana and Trepidazione per Thebit - a more formal style began to take hold from the 1980s, with the composer writing his first series of 12 studies (Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza) in 1981. He followed up this success by adding another 48 to the collection, and since the 2000s the 60 Studies have become a central part of Gilardino's oeuvre, having entered the concert programmes of several prominent guitarists.

Constantly striving to create a new type of dialogue between the guitar and accompanying instruments, Gilardino composed his first concerto for guitar and orchestra in 1996, sealing his reputation as an accomplished orchestral composer with an additional 16 concertos thereafter. During the 2000s, Gilardino returned to writing for the solo guitar, skilfully bridging the divide between atonal chromatic and diatonic modal music.

Gilardino's compositions are inspired by music from all areas and epochs; from Mozart, Ravel and Messiaen to Scottish folk tunes and the beauty of the Mediterranean, there are few elements that are not represented in some shape or form in the composer's works. Porqueddu studied under Gilardino at the 'Lorenzo Perosi' Academy in Biella, and under the composer's guidance his compositions have won him international plaudits in his own right.


kr 215 (kr 429)
Image Frescobaldi: Complete Edition
The CD's in this edition are all newly recorded, by the foremost scholar/musicians of Italy, using period instruments

Frescobaldi was the most influential composer for keyboard in Italy prior to Domenico Scarlatti. Bach copied out Frescobaldi's Fiori Musicali, and he was also a strong influence on Fux and Buxtehude. His reputation has been slow to gain its rightful status over the past century or so.

This edition provides a superb opportunity to discover this neglected master of the Baroque. The project is masterminded by the harpsichordist and organist Roberto Loreggian, and previous individual volumes of the series have been well received. This is the first ever complete edition of Frescobaldi's music to be issued: a landmark on record, sure to be widely noticed by the musical press.


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Image Russian Piano Concertos (15 CD)
This fascinating survey of the Russian (and Polish!) piano concerto in 15 CDs includes the masterworks of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov – beloved examples at the pinnacle of both Russian music and the piano concerto genre – along with more- and lesser-known yet all eminently worthy works by composers from both Imperial and Soviet Russia and those by Paderewski, Scharwenka and Moszkowski, who were born in what today is Poland. Though the piano concerto is now inextricably linked in modern minds to the Russian repertoire, the area’s isolation meant that it would take some time for the genre to take hold there, but that it would grow into a unique, characteristic and varied expression. The accompanying essay by David Moncur leads interested readers logically along the timeline of the genre’s development in the east of Europe, exploring the generational and stylistic interconnections between fellow-composers and musician colleagues who were teachers, mentors, supporters and dedicatees. There is a special quality to Russian Piano Concertos: apart from their jaw-dropping virtuosity and orchestral brilliance they share that common Slavonic flavor, an undefinable mixture of melancholy and passion, whether smouldering or blazing. This set contains the famous concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but also lesser known composers: Anton Rubinstein, Medtner, Glazunov, Kabalevsky, Scriabin, Khatchaturian, Arensky, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Bortkiewicz and Khrennikov. Adding extra spice to the set are the concertos by Scharwenka and Moszkowski, Polish by birth but Slavic in spirit. Excellent performances by Michael Ponti, Boris Giltburg, Yevgeny Kissin, Stefan Doniga and others. Newly written liner notes are included in the booklet.

kr 215 (kr 429)
Image 16CD-BOX: Requiem
Theo Adam (bass-baritone), Antonia Bourvé (soprano), Charles Bressler (tenor), Bonaldo Giaiotti (bass), Ljiljana Molnar-Talajic (soprano), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano)

Chamber Choir of Europe / Nicol Matt Choir of Clare College, Cambridge / Timothy Brown Rundfunkchor Berlin, Helmut Koch Utah Symphony Choir & Orchestra / Maurice Abravanel

This unique box set brings together the most important and well known Requiems and liturgical music for the dead, spanning a near 1000 years.

Starting with Gregorian Chant, we move to the Renaissance with a Requiem by Ockeghem, through works by Desprez, Palestrina, Purcell and Praetorius, arriving at the most 'popular' requiem ever written, by Mozart.

Following are Requiems by Schumann, Cherubini, Dvorák, Berlioz, Brahms, Fauré, Duruflé, Verdi, Puccini, Howells, Pizzetti and Britten.

Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Berg: Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)
Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66
Byrd: Civitas Sancti Tui
Cherubini: Requiem in D minor for male chorus & orchestra
Demantius: Threnodia 'Quis dabit Oculis'
Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9
Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89
Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48
Howells: Requiem
Kirbye: Vox in Rama
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626
Ockeghem: Missa Pro Defunctis
Palestrina: Stabat mater, Super flumina Babylonis
Penderecki: Tren (Threnody), "To the Victims of Hiroshima"
Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
Praetorius, M: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, Hort auf mit Weinen und Klagen
Puccini: Requiem for chorus, solo viola and organ
Ramsey, R: How are the mighty fallen
Schein: Threnus
Schumann: Requiem in D flat major, Op. 148
Schütz: Musikalische Exequien, SWV 279-281 (Op. 7),
Die mit Tränen säen werden mit Freuden ernten SWV 378, Das ist je gewißlich wahr, SWV 388
Tallis: Lamentations
Verdi: Requiem
Victoria: O vos omnes
Weelkes: When David Heard




kr 215 (kr 429)
Image 16CD-BOX: Complete Piano Music
PIANISTS
Jolanda Violante, Bart van Oort, Ursula Dütschler, Stanley Hoogland, Yoshiko Kojima, Riko Fukuda

Several assets set this box apart from its competitors in the market, and not just the price-point for which Brilliant Classics is well known. It is the most complete set of Haydn's piano works available: there are others of the solo works, which exclude the spirited keyboard concertos (only those which he wrote for the fortepiano are included here; there are others for harpsichord and organ which can be found in Brilliant Classics compendious Haydn Edition, BC93782). Other 'complete' box sets omit the version of the Seven Last Words which Haydn may not have arranged himself, but which still powerfully conveys the pathos of his orchestral original.

Then there are the many 'miscellaneous' variation sets, single movements and solo arrangements of pieces from larger-scale works such as the symphonies, operas and string quartets, which Bart van Oort diligently researched and recorded a few years ago on a fine modern reproduction of a fortepiano by Walter, a maker esteemed by Haydn and Beethoven. Several of these smaller works are not otherwise available. No less valuably, all the recordings are made on fortepianos on the scale that the composer himself played and composed for: with a lighter and more capricious touch than todays pianos, enabling him to write fast movements of complementary brilliance which can sound heavy or clangorous on modern instruments. Likewise all the pianists here are historically informed fortepianists by inclination, who have made most of their recordings in music of this era.

The sonata recordings, which constitute the bulk of the set, and indeed of Haydn's pioneering work for the instrument, have received consistently fine reviews since they were released. Now gathered up with the Klavierstucke and concertos, they made an attractive proposition to any listener with an ear for Haydn's eternally fresh spirit.

This 16CD set contains all of Haydns works for piano: the piano concertos, the complete piano sonatas and the complete Klavierstücke. All performances are on fortepiano, historical instruments which Haydn knew and on which he developed his own personal keyboard style, perfect examples of the classical Viennese keyboard writing, but all bearing the stamp of Haydn particular genius, revelling in witticisms, unexpected turns and twists and a genuine expression of sincere feelings, eschewing operatic drama, but all the more keenly felt. Pianists are Bart van Oort, Jolande Violante, Stanley Hoogland, Riko Fukuda, Yoshiko Kojima and Ursula Dütschler, artists specialised in the handling of historic instruments and the appropriate style of authentic performance practice.


kr 215 (kr 429)
Image Complete Music For Harpsichord & Organ (16 CD)
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) was one of the most famous and influential composers of the early Baroque. Born in Stuttgart he travelled in Europe extensively, thus absorbing all national styles, and influencing other composers with his own musical inventions. Although Froberger wrote a large number of vocal works he is mainly known for his keyboard works, for both organ and harpsichord. He is the “inventor” of the Baroque Suite, a number of varied dances, with the basis of Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue. His keyboard style is free, fanciful and highly expressive, sometimes describing extra-musical features or events, thus creating the first “program music” in history. With this magnificent Opus Italian keyboardist Simone Stella adds another gem to his series of recordings of Pre-Bachian keyboard composers, his recordings of works by Bohm, Buxtehude, Reincken and Walther have met with great critical acclaim in the international press.

kr 215 (kr 429)
Image 19CD-BOX: Edition
Although often overshadowed by his better-known Italian contemporary Claudio Monteverdi, as well as his successor in Lutheran music J.S. Bach, Heinrich Schütz's contributions to 17th-century sacred music were nevertheless significant. With a career that spanned an era of great musical developments, his scared compositions reveal a rich array of influences and were to prove inspirational to future generations of composers.

This 19-disc box set is the result of four volumes of recordings made by Cappella Augustana and Matteo Messori for Brilliant Classics between 2003 and 2010, collected together for the first time. Featuring Schütz's most important compositions (mostly large-scale works in multiple volumes), Cappella Augustana's selection surveys the German's lengthy career and his changing style. While the early Cantiones sacrae reflect his attempts to push boundaries as a young composer, a subtle shift towards a more simple and considered style can be witnessed in later works -- notably the Kleine geistliche Concerte and Geistliche Chor-Music, a set of inventive and carefully-crafted German motets. The crowning achievement of Schütz's career was surely his Passion settings, works that are controlled and refined yet retained a sense of drama and beauty.

The only project of its kind and the most comprehensive Schütz collection on the market, this box set benefits from authoritative performances, informed by a thorough study of the music, sources and contemporary performance issues. Focused on the most influential German composer of the 17th century, it is an essential volume for anyone interested in sacred choral music.



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Image 20th Century Italian Piano Music, Vol. 1 (20 CD)
This release is a substantial anthology of piano music written by Italian composers in the twentieth century. In an era dominated by opera, several Italian composers chose a radically different path, concentrating on purely instrumental music, influenced by widely varying sources such as Wagner, Impressionism, Neo-Classicism and Dodecaphony. This set offers a fascinating overview of piano works by Martucci, Cilea, Busoni, Sinigaglia, Caetani, Fano, Respighi, Pizzetti, Casella, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dallapiccola, Rota, Malipiero, Castiglioni, and Einaudi. Only the leading Italian pianists perform on this release, including Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Michaelangelo Carbonara, Pietro de Maria, Alessandra Ammara, and more.

kr 311 (kr 519)
Image 20CD-BOX: Complete Concertos & Sonatas Op. 1-12
Federico Guglielmo, solo violin & concert master
L'Arte dell'Arco

For the first time Vivaldi's complete Op. 1-12 in one set!

Already during his lifetime Vivaldi was a popular and successful composer, and, possessing a keen commercial talent, he published his own works. The works published during his lifetime are contained in his Opus 1-12, featuring such popular cycles as the Four Seasons, L'Estro Armonico, La Stravaganza, the flute concertos, and several sets of trio sonatas. These are by far to most popular works by the Venetian priest, and today they sound as fresh and sensational as when they were composed.

Newly recorded and based on the new Critical Edition by Alessandro Borin, Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

Performed by the Italian Early Music group L'Arte dell'Arco, led by violinist (and soloist) Federico Guglielmo. French magazine Diapason wrote about them: "they understand the secret language of Vivaldi...rich and generous instrumental textures envelop the expressive lines of the solo violin...". All the previous separate issues have met with great critical acclaim, resulting in many 5 star reviews in the international press.

Included as a bonus CD, the new recording of the Cello Sonatas. Although without opus number they were certainly published during Vivaldi's lifetime.


kr 329 (kr 549)
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.


kr 417 (kr 595)
Image Passio: Music for Holy Week & Easter (25 CD)
This set gathers outstanding sacred vocal music from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras recounting perhaps the most dramatic and moving story in all of the Christian canon: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. In addition to these masterworks of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries is the St John Passion of Arvo Pärt, the Estonian whose captivating, minimal, crystalline music has made him one of the most-performed living composers in the world. The stunning performances from expert choirs and soloists cover iconic works like Handel’s Messiah, the St John and St Matthew Passions of J.S. Bach, Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Seven Last Words and three of the prolific Telemann’s more than 20 extant Passion settings and several Passion oratorios, along with hauntingly beautiful Renaissance polyphony and lesser-known gems of the Italian Baroque. This unique box-set presents a musical journey through one of the most crucial episodes of Christianity: the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It tells of the deepest sorrow and anguish in the Lamentation and Stabat Mater, the moving story of the Passion, and the luminous joy of the Resurrection and the Ascension. Included are works by Allegri, Byrd, Weelkes, Josquin, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Schütz, Pergolesi, Sturla, J.S. & C.P.E. Bach, Sturla, Telemann, Handel, Arvo Pärt, and many more. Performed by world class choirs and ensemble, like the King’s College Choir, the Clare College Choir, La Stravaganza Köln, Cappella Augustana, Rheinische Kantorei and others. A superb collection of the most moving music ever composed, expressing both the suffering and the consolation of humanity. Recordings date from 1978 to 2013. Contains liner notes by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

kr 473 (kr 789)
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.

kr 487 (kr 749)
Image 50CD-BOX: 500 Years of Organ Music
Manuel Tomadin, Roberto Loreggian, Adriano Falcioni, Simone Stella, Christian Schmitt, Massimo Gabba, Roberto Marini, Benjamin Saunders, Thomas Leech & Marco Ruggieri (organists)

A 50-CD set presenting the history of organ music over 500 years, a survey of unprecedented scope, variety, quality and historical importance!

A must for any organ aficionado and collector, a treasure trove of known and unknown gems, and a tribute to the "King of Instruments" (Mozart)!


kr 489 (kr 889)
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