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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.

kr 300 (kr 599)
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 523 (kr 872)
Image 66CD-BOX: 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.


kr 523 (kr 872)
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.




kr 523 (kr 872)
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


kr 1 034 (kr 1 590)
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.

kr 1 034 (kr 1 590)
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.


kr 961 (kr 1 479)
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

kr 825 (kr 1 269)
Image 58CD-BOX: Brahms Complete Edition
Neville Cardus wrote in 1927 - just 30 years after Brahms's death - that he could 'think of no composer whose future is safer and surer than Brahms's; everyone can find a point of contact.' Those points of contact are inevitably multifarious. Wuthering Heights (published in 1847) is treasured at large as a love story despite containing nothing that most of us would recognise as love but instead presenting to us the appalling consequences of ungovernable passion. Such passion is not such much buried beneath the surface of Brahms's music as transmuted into dramas without words. André Gide made the nice distinction between Wagner where 'each emotion is full of notes', and Chopin where 'each note is full of emotion'; Brahms is with Chopin. The symphonies may defend the old ways of doing things against Wagner's seductive translation of human relationships into musical dramas, but they are still 'brimful of vigour, drama and a driving passion' (Sir John Eliot Gardiner). We are challenged by both Bronte and Brahms to answer why such passion, far removed from quotidian life, so holds us in its thrall. Not for nothing could Arnold Schoenberg align himself with the golden thread of German music by writing extensively of 'Brahms the Progressive' 50 years after the members of Brahms's choir in Vienna complained that he programmed too much old music.

This reference edition is a worthy complement to the superb complete or almost-complete sets on Brilliant Classics of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and more, with all Brahms's major works and very many more obscure ones, in performances by renowned musicians that have often received glowing reviews when first issued. It's another unmissable set from Brilliant.


kr 521 (kr 869)
Image Edition
Born in 1681, Georg Philip Telemann would inevitably suffer from comparisons with one of the towering figures of western Classical music, born just four years later: Johann Sebastian Bach. Although after his death Telemann may have been constantly cast into the Leipzig composer's shadow, during his lifetime he was exalted as Bach's equal and was considered one of the greatest German composers of the early 18th century. Certainly, the size of his output compares very favourably with Bach's Telemann was also a highly productive composer, writing over 3,000 works during his lifetime (although not all have survived). Despite his popularity falling away in the 19th century, today Telemann is almost as highly regarded as he was in his own lifetime ¬- the large number of new recordings on this edition pays tribute to the flurry of interest that has grown around the composer Telemann over the past 30 years.After starting his career in Leipzig, Telemann became Kapellmeister in Sorau (now Zary in Poland), where by his own estimation he wrote over 200 overtures, imbued with the Polish and French influences of the court that surrounded him. The cornerstone of his output, many of these diverse overtures make up a large part of this disc. Telemann then moved first to Eisenach, in central Germany, followed by Frankfurt, his fame steadily increasing along with his output. Among his new compositions were church cantatas, psalms and other sacred works, as well as instrumental music he became known for his concertos in the French style, which he valued above the Italian style that was more popular at the time. It was in Frankfurt that he began to write concertos for various different instruments, many of which are to be found in this edition.In 1721, he moved to Hamburg, where - apart from extended trips abroad - he would remain for the rest of his life. At first he enjoyed a stormy relationship with the city although he was employed by the church, several officials complained that his secular works invited lasciviousness, and called for them to be banned. He was also forced to contend with publishing problems, as he fought for the right to choose his own publisher. Eventually, he threatened to leave the city for Leipzig, where he was offered the position of Kapellmeister (later taken by Bach) although he turned the post down, he used the incident to negotiate a higher salary, which he spent on more musicians to perform his works.Despite these issues, Telemann's years in Hamburg proved to be the most productive of his career. He became highly involved with the city's intellectual elite, forging relationships with many leading poets who went on to provide the texts for several of his cantatas. He also began publishing his own works, setting up agencies throughout Europe and travelling to Paris in 1737 to halt the flow of unauthorised publications. Taking influence from his surroundings, it was in Paris that he composed his highly popular Nouveaux quatuors (or Paris Quartets), a collection of six suites included in full on this release.Telemann continued to compose up to his death in 1767 many obituaries mourned his passing, but one simply stated that 'his name is his eulogy' - such was the composer's status at the time.Although scholars have attempted to categorise Telemann as a Baroque or early Classical composer, in truth he was sensitive to all styles of the time: every musical innovation of the early 18th century is represented in his works. His highly diverse oeuvre is therefore a pleasure to discover, and these recordings span the entirety of his industrious output.


kr 497 (kr 829)
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 533 (kr 889)
Image Italian Baroque (50 CD)
This release is a celebration of instrumental Baroque splendor! This 50 disc release is an anthology of Italian Baroque composers, featuring their instrumental output. It showcases famous composers such as Vivaldi, Albinoni, Mancini and many more. This box set is a treasure trove of solo concertos, concerti grossi, sinfonias, overtures, trio sonatas and solo sonatas from the golden era of the Italian Baroque, an era of joy, passion and brilliance.

kr 521 (kr 869)
Image 45CD-BOX: 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.


kr 431 (kr 719)
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 419 (kr 699)
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."

kr 419 (kr 599)
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 580 (kr 829)
Image 37CD-BOX: 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.



kr 395 (kr 659)
Image 33CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies
kr 455 (kr 759)
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 395 (kr 789)
Image Complete String Quartets
"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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