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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 1 168 (kr 1 769)
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 1 168 (kr 1 769)
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 1 055 (kr 1 599)
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 600 (kr 1 199)
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 838 (kr 1 269)
Image 66CD-BOX: Vivaldi Edition
The master of Italian Baroque music is indisputably Antonio Vivaldi. Throughout his life, he composed hundreds of works, and is remembered perhaps second only to J.S. Bach, ranking as one of the most popular composers of all time. His oeuvre crosses an extraordinarily wide range, from instrumental compositions of all types to sacred cantatas and operatic works, a vast number of which are presented in this comprehensive box set.Vivaldi composed a large part of his works while working at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, where he was employed as a composer, teacher and violinist. The aim of the foundation was to provide an education and home for orphaned children. Vivaldi remained in the post on and off for over 30 years, and was under obligation to compose a new cantata for every feast day. His reputation, however, grew thanks to his post, adding up to over 140 in his absence. His operatic works grew vastly in number, instrumental skills rather than his compositions at first; as a violinist, he was known for his extraordinary cadenzas and virtuosic playing style. He became better known as a composer when Dutch publisher Etienne Roger brought out Lestro armonico in 1711, a hugely popular collection of 12 violin concertos, included on this release in full. J.S. Bach was particularly enthused by the manuscript, and his transcriptions for organ have gained popularity on their own merit his version is also to be found in this edition, a fascinating point of comparison, and a testament to Vivaldis reputation in his lifetime.During the 1720s and 30s, Vivaldi began to travel widely, while still sending compositionsto the Pietà in Venice when required: despite being unable to teach, he was clearly still a major asset, as he was asked to send two concertos a month by and he began working closely with soprano Anna Girò, who was rumoured to be his mistress. Vivaldi died in Vienna, and, incredibly for such a famous and wealthy man, was given a paupers burial. His last few months in Vienna had been frustratingly lacking in work, as concert houses were closed to mourn the death of Charles VI; however, his last opera was eventually staged posthumously there in 1742.Vivaldi was a divisive figure during his lifetime, well known for being vain and conceited. His vanity, though, is certainly deserved; we are left with the overwhelming evidence. More than 50 operas (of which 21 survived), 500 concertos and 90 sonatas are no mean feat for a man who by all accounts was also a superb teacher and virtuosic violinist. This release draws attention to the diversity of his oeuvre, starting with his instrumental music and moving on to feature his sacred cantatas and operas. It is the most comprehensive edition of Vivaldis music yet, bringing together 66 CDs showcasing hundreds of different performers and ensembles, many of them performing on period instruments as they strive to recreate the sound of the composers timbre through their researchled contemporaneous playing styles.


kr 838 (kr 1 269)
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 838 (kr 1 269)
Image Telemann Edition (50CD)
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 435 (kr 869)
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 435 (kr 869)
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 435 (kr 869)
Image 45CD-BOX: Dvorak Edition
The most comprehensive Dvorák Edition available! This new instalment in the
popular Brilliant Classics Composer Editions offer a wide selection of Dvorák's
works: the complete symphonies, symphonic poems and overtures, Slavonic
Dances, complete concertos, string and wind serenades, the complete string
quartets and other chamber music works, the complete piano music, choruses,
songs, the impressing and substantial Requiem and Stabat Mater and the popular
opera Rusalka.

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

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


kr 593 (kr 899)
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 593 (kr 899)
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 521 (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 521 (kr 789)
Image 37CD-BOX: Boccherini Edition
New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Michael Erxleben
Accademia i Filarmonici di Verona
Enrico Bronzi
Lajos Léncses
Parisii Quartet
Eros Roselli
La Magnifica Comunità
Ilario Gregoletto
Ensemble Claviere
Petersen Quartet
Franco Angeleri
Enrico Gatti
Galimathias Musicum
Luigi Puxeddu
Federico Bracalente
Claudio Lapolla
Francesco Lattuada
Francesco Ferrarini
Barbara Vignudelli
Orchestra da Camera 'Benedetto Marcello'
Flavio Emilio Scogna


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

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

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



kr 380 (kr 759)
Image 33CD-BOX: Complete Symphonies
kr 455 (kr 689)
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 345 (kr 689)
Image Anthology of the Recorder (26 CD)
The recorder’s heyday was the early Baroque period. In fact, until the 18th Century the recorder was known simply as ‘flauto’ (flute), while the instrument we today call the flute bore the specific name ‘flauto traverso’ (transverse flute), a confusion in terminology that has often led to compositions addressed to the recorder (flauto) being performed on modern flute. Der Fluyten Lust-Hof by Jacob Van Eyck is the most extensive collection of music for a solo wind instrument by a single composer, and the first three discs in this set are devoted to a selection of highlights from this monumental work. Although written for amateur players, the compositions attest to the high standard of musicianship in Utrecht, with technical demands that are challenging even by modern standards. The technique of variation by diminution used by Van Eyck had previously been employed byBaroque composers such as G.P. Cima, Fontana and Castello. The recorder’s tonal purity and exceptional blend in ensemble makes it marvellously suited for adaptations of music originally written for other instrumental combinations. Examples from the early Italian repertoire include the Palestrina ricercar, capriccios by Frescobaldi and canzonas by Gabrieli, Merula and Trabaci. The Elizabethan period was a golden era for English composers. Among the most popular are Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons and Tallis, but there are many magnificent compositions by less familiar names such as Johnson, Tye and Ward. These composers often used popular songs such as ‘Browning’, and favoured melodies from sacred music such as the ubiquitous Taverner Mass ‘In Nomine’, as the basis for consort pieces, typically typically intended for a chest of viols, but again, very successful performed by a choir of recorders. After Van Eyck, A. Scarlatti is among the Baroque composers contributing substantially to this set, along with Telemann, Vivaldi, J.S. and C.P.E Bach, Quantz, Handel, Fiorenza, Giuseppe Sammartini, the prolific Mancini, and even a Vivaldi imposter! Il Pastor fido, previously attributed to Vivaldi, is now known to have been composed by Chédeville, who conspired to publish his composition under Vivaldi’s name in an attempt to gain a wider audience. The set closes with a final CD containing a microcosm of the five centuries spanned by the collection as a whole, featuring arrangements for recorder consort of a great variety of music from Renaissance composers through to those living and writing today. An extensive collection of music for recorder, in repertoire ranging from solo, chamber music to concertos. The history of the recorder goes back many centuries. The recorder’s restricted dynamics are amply compensated by its endless differentations in tone, colours and even pitch. Although the 19th century ignored the instrument, composers in the 20th century rediscovered its unique tone and instrumental possibilities. This collection offers a wide array of music composed for the recorder, starting with the most famous collection “Der Fluyten Lusthof” by Van Eyck, through the 17th and 18th century with its champions Sammartini, Telemann, Fiorenza, Handel, Quantz, ending in the 20th century. Played by the foremost recorder players of today: Erik Bosgraaf, Corina Marti, Marion Verbruggen, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Manuel Staropoli, Stefano Bagliano and many more. The booklet contains newly written liner notes by Philip Borg-Wheeler.

kr 345 (kr 689)
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 345 (kr 689)
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 300 (kr 599)
Image Bach Family: Complete Organ Music (24 CD)
The extensive Bach family was a dynasty unusually rich in musical talent, counting among its ranks numerous composer–organists active in the Northern European Baroque tradition. This remarkable set gathers together not only the monumental corpus of J.S. Bach's incredibly sophisticated organ music, but also that of the most noted (and best-known to today's musicologists) of four generations of his relatives, from great uncles and uncles to cousins and sons. The collection offers a rewarding opportunity to follow the stylistic evolution of organ music from the decades before J.S. Bach's birth through to the creative years of his sons and their younger distant cousin, Johann Ernst, each of whom witnessed the decline of Baroque complexity in favour of Classical balance and grace and conformed to this new trend to varying degrees. The other strand that can be traced in this set is the musical 'DNA' of a clan, whose members were taught by family elders, inherited compositions from them, and who studied and copied the works of their cousin contemporaries, creating a family school of impressive quality. Internal musical borrowing between the Bachs was such that musicologists are still unraveling the mystery of some works' true authorship, as well as identifying pieces by other composers, who borrowed the Bach name in hopes of attaining a share of their glory. This unique set brings together the complete organ works of the many members of the Bach family! The genius of Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t emerge from nowhere: he was actually a scion of a highly musical family, a branch of the rich, ornate and fruit bearing tree called Bach. This set presents organ music by uncles, nephews and children of Johann Sebastian: Heinrich, Johann Christoph, Johann Bernhard, Johann Friedrich, Johann Lorenz, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Ernst. A fascinating anthology of family talent and genius! Played by leading organists specialized in the performance practice of the Baroque: Stefano Molardi, Filippo Turri and Luca Scandali, playing a variety of organs, among which many magnificent historic instruments by Silbermann, Volckland, Trost, Thielemann and Hildebrandt. The extensive liner notes in English were written by Philip Borg-Wheeler Booklet cover features an illustrated Bach family tree.

kr 300 (kr 599)
Image Complete String Quartets (23CD)
"They (Buchberger Quartet) are evidently at home with Haydn's musical language and make excellent guides through Op.9" (Arkivmusic.com reviewing Vol.1)

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

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


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

kr 285 (kr 569)
Image Virtuoso Piano Etudes (22 CD)
This monumental set dedicated to the Virtuoso Piano Étude offers a rewarding opportunity to witness two centuries in the evolution of masterpieces for the study of the piano. Composers have been challenging pianists with études for a long time. The practice of writing studies for the perfection of a particular pianistic technique developed in the 15th century, but the name ‘study’ or ‘étude’ only really came into its own in the 19th century with the rise in popularity of the piano as a domestic instrument. Works of particular importance were Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum, Moscheles’s Opus 70 Studies, Czerny’s Art of Finger Dexterity and Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, the latter even more extensive and complex than Chopin’s Études Opp. 10 and 25, which transformed the humble piano exercise into concert-worthy material. While each of Liszt’s and Chopin’s études examines a particular aspect of technique, these magnificent works never feel like drills. They remain amongst the most popular works written for piano, regularly recorded and performed in concert. In the 20th century, studies gradually evolved into compositions that were music first, only secondarily exploiting a specific technical challenge for the pianist. Notable composers were Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin and Leopold Godowsky. Godowsky’s Chopin Studies push fingers and feet, mind and imagination, physicality and finesse, fitness, to the outer limits of possibility. By mid-century composers had almost completely abandoned the old tradition. Olivier Messiaen’s 4 Études de rhythme are not didactic compositions but experiments with dynamics, figurations, pitches, etc. – exercises in composition rather than performance. Friedrich Gulda intended his Play Piano Play as exercises in learning the jazz style and improvisation, contrasting traditional neo-Baroque with various jazz traditions. Philip Glass abandoned bar lines to convey his concept of the flow of rhythm, and John Cage’s Études Boreales, initially deemed unplayable because of the wholly unorthodox techniques they explore, require the performer to play, beat or generate sound on various parts of the instrument. These studies represent some of the most innovative and imaginative writing in the modern and contemporary piano repertoire, exploring to the fullest extent what the instrument is capable of.

kr 285 (kr 569)
Image 21CD-BOX: Locatelli Complete Edition
Pietro Antonio Locatelli was one of the most important composers of the Baroque period, being a particularly celebrated composer of violin repertoire. His collection L'arte del violino contains 12 violin concertos with 24 caprices in the first and last movement of each, allowing for astonishing displays of virtuosity.

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

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

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

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

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


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

kr 285 (kr 569)
Image 19CD-BOX: Schütz 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.



kr 285 (kr 569)
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 260 (kr 519)
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.


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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.

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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 260 (kr 519)
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.


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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.


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Image Stabat Mater (14CD)
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).

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Image Clarinet Concertos (14 CD)
Many of the composers in this set wrote for the clarinet at times when the orchestral status and design of the instrument were still in transition: the 18th century saw the gradual establishment of the clarinet as a more-or-less standard orchestral feature, its range being continually expanded in parallel. Of course, nobody was more aware of these evolutions than clarinettists themselves, who are represented here by two instrumentalist–composers, the Swedish-Finnish Bernhard Crusell, whose three concertos make use of the clarinet’s full range, and Heinrich Baermann, the dedicatee of Weber’s works blessed with a wonderful personal idiom. Other names which may be less familiar to listeners include Charles Villiers Stanford, a leading figure in the late-19th-century renaissance of British music who is often overshadowed by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and Julius Rietz, most closely associated with Mendelssohn, both of whom contribute concertos with clear influences (Brahms and Mendelssohn respectively) that still retain their individuality. Mendelssohn himself is not often associated with the clarinet, but features here via his Concert Pieces for clarinet, basset horn and piano, alongside other unexpected figures such as Rossini and Mercadante (both better known for their operas) and Franz Anton Hoffmeister, most famous as a music publisher. The other multiple-soloist compositions come from the pen of Carl Stamitz, a prolific composer who contributed more than ten concertos featuring the clarinet. Equally prolific was Franz Krommer, whose concertos are among the most unpredictable and imaginative in the set. Also notable for its innovative style is Copland’s concerto, influenced by jazz and written in response to a commission from famous jazz clarinettist Goodman. By contrast, Bruch, despite living through the diverse innovations of the late 18th and early 19th century, remained steadfast and consistent in his compositional approach. The history of the Clarinet concertos goes back to the middle of the 18th century, when the instrument got its prominent solo place in the orchestra. The present-day form of the clarinet is derived from the Chalumeau, a folk instrument played by shepherds. Technical improvements by Denner, Boehm and Klose gave it its modern form. Ever since its multi faced timbre, from soothingly murmuring to nervously chattering, has won a large popularity and has inspired many composers to write extensively for it. This 14-disc set encompasses the full spectrum of concertante clarinet writing: an extensive collection of Clarinet Concertos, from the very first concertos by Molter, the most famous one by Mozart, Hoffmeister, Baermann, Stamitz, Krommer, Crusell, Mercadante, Rietz, Rossini, Bruch, Weber, Stanford, and well into the 20th century with Hindemith, Busoni, Finzi, Copland and Tansman. Played by world renowned clarinetist like Dieter Klocker, Sharon Kam, Kalman Berkes, Davide Bandieri, Maria du Toit and Giovanni Punzi. Another treasure trove in the successful series of Brilliant Classics instrument Boxes! Previous boxes featured the oboe, trumpet, flute and horn.

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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.

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Image Canto Ostinato XL (12CD)
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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