Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)

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Gluck 300 years

Gluck 300 years


Orfeo ed Euridice

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1991

Jochen Kowalski (Orfeo), Gillian Webster (Euridice), Jeremy Budd (Amor)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor) & Harry Kupfer (stage director)

Iphigénie en Tauride

Live from the Opernhaus Zürich, 2001

Juliette Galstian (Iphigenie), Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste), Deon Van Der Walt (Pylades), Anton Scharinger (Thoas) & Martina Janková (Goddess Diana)

Orchestra « La Scintilla » of The Zurich Opera House (on historical instruments), William Christie (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)


Paris Version 1776. Live from the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2006

Catherine Naglestad (Alceste), Donald Kaasch (Admète), Bernhard Schneider (Evandre), Catriona Smith (Le Coryphée), Johan Rydh (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon/Dieu infernal), Nam Soo Kim (La voix de l'Oracle), Motti Kastón (Apollon), Michael Ebbecke (Hercule), Wolfgang Probst (Un Héraut)

Staatsopernchor Stuttgart & Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito (stage directors)

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), called the opera reformer of the 18th century, greatly influenced the development of music theatre in his time. In honour of his 300th birthday, this special box set filled with three prize-winning productions of his most popular operas will be released. Alceste from Stuttgart, awarded Performance of the Year in 2006 by the magazine Opernwelt, Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich, led by baroque specialist William Christie and Harry Kupfer’s legendary production of Orfeo ed Euridice from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Jochen Kowalski in the title role, which won the Olivier Award.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo / + DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Iphigénie en Tauride)

Picture Format: 4:3 (Orfeo ed Euridice) / 16:9 (Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride)

DVD Format: 3 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Languages / Subtitles: FR (Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride), IT (Orfeo ed Euridice) / GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 356 mins

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Region Code: 0

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“Another great anniversary issue, including William Christie and Claus Guth's 2001 Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich (starring Juliette Galstian and Rod Gilfrey and a marvellous Alceste from Stuttgart in 2006 - but it would be worth getting just for the 1991 Covent Garden Orfeo with Polish countertenor Jochen Kowalski and Gillian Webster supremely moving as the separated lovers.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Janet Baker

Janet Baker

Mary Stuart, Orfeo & Full Circle


Full Circle - documentary


Maria Stuarda

sung in English

Janet Baker (Maria), Rosalind Plowright (Elisabetta), David Rendall (Leicester), John Tomlinson (Talbot), Angela Bostock (Anna), Alan Opie (Cecil)

Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera, Charles Mackerras


Orfeo ed Euridice

Janet Baker (Orfeo), Elisabeth Speiser (Euridice), Elizabeth Gale (Amor)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Janet Baker (mezzo)

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“This 1982 production [of Maria Stuarda] from English National Opera captures Dame Janet Baker in the final year of her operatic career, radiating authority and conviction as the ill-fated Mary. Sung in English, with a young Rosalind Plowright as Mary's antagonist Elizabeth (watch those sparks fly in the Confrontation Scene!), this is wonderful theatre as well as a fitting monument to one of the greatest singing actresses of the twentieth century.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, June 2014

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV56 'Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Cantata BWV4 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (Easter Cantata)


Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Hertha Klust (piano)

Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33

(no spoken text)

Lieder nach Heine (5)


The Creation

first release on CD

Symphonie-Orchester des NDR, Schmidt-Isserstedt


Orfeo ed Euridice

sung in German

RIAS-Kammerchor, Berliner Motettenchor (Günther Arndt) & RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay


Giulio Cesare – Arias and scenes

Wolfgang Meyer (harpsichord)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Karl Böhm


5 Neapolitanische Lieder

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Richard Kraus

Martin, F:

Monologues (6) from Hofmannsthal's Jedermann

Berliner Philharmoniker

3 Excerpts from 'Der Sturm'

Berliner Philharmoniker


Selected lieder

Karl Engel (piano)


Carmina burana – complete extracts

RIAS-Kammerchor, RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay


Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Gedichte (12) von Justinus Kerner Op. 35

Günther Weissenborn (piano)


French And Italian Opera Arias (works by Bizet, Gounod, Rossini, Verdi & Leoncavallo)

RIAS-Kammerchor & Radio-Symphgonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Early Goethe Settings (includes works by Beethoven, Wagner & Kreutzer)

Jörg Demus (Piano)


Va, vecchio John (from Falstaff)

sung in German as 'Brav, alter Hans'

RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Wolf, H:

Italienisches Liederbuch (selection)

Hertha Klust (piano)

“This is one of Fischer-Dieskau's least known yet most riveting recitals; a vocal tour de force from 1974 that found the prolific baritone at the height of his Protean powers.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2007

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The Kathleen Ferrier Edition

The Kathleen Ferrier Edition


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion (highlights)

Sung in English

Elsie Suddaby (soprano), Eric Greene (tenor), William Parsons (bass)

The Jacques Orchestra, The Bach Choir, Reginald Jacques

St John Passion, BWV245: Es ist vollbracht

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult


Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

arr. Sargent

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

John Newmark (piano)

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Clemens Krauss


Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19

Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Ferguson, H:

Discovery, Op. 13

Ernest Lush (piano)


Orfeo ed Euridice

Ann Ayars (Euridice), Zoe Vlachopoulos (Amor)

Southern Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Fritz Stiedry


Messiah: He was despised

Messiah: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult


Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter


Elijah: Woe unto them

Elijah: O rest in the Lord

The Boyd Neel String Orchestra, Boyd Neel


Stabat Mater

Joan Taylor (soprano)

The Boyd Neel String Orchestra, The Nottingham Oriana Choir, Roy Henderson


Three Psalms

Ernest Lush (piano)


Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

John Newmark (piano)

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

Bruno Walter (piano)

plus traditional folksongs and arias and songs by Gluck, Handel, Purcell, Quilter, Schumann, Schubert and Wolf

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

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The World's Most Romantic Operas

The World's Most Romantic Operas

Seven Complete Operas


Fidelio, Op. 72

Salzburg, 1969

Christa Ludwig (Leonore), James King (Florestan), Franz Crass (Rocco), Edith Mathis (Marzelline)

Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Karl Böhm


L'elisir d'amore

Florence, 2nd June 1967

Renata Scotto (Adina), Carlo Bergonzi (Nemorino), Giuseppe Taddei (Belcore), Carlo Cava (Dulcamara)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Florence May Festival, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Giordano, U:

Andrea Chénier

Vienna, 26th June 1960

Franco Corelli (Chenier), Renata Tebaldi (Maddalena), Ettore Bastianini (Carlo Gerard), Margarete Sjöstedt (Bersi)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lovro von Matacic


Orfeo ed Euridice

Turin, 30th June 1970

Shirley Verrett (Orfeo), Antonietta Stella (Euridice)

RAI Orchestra and Chorus, Seiji Ozawa



Sung in Italian; Milan, 3rd June 1969

Mirella Freni (Manon), Luciano Pavarotti (Des Grieux), Rolando Panerai (Lescaut), Antonio Zerbini (Le Comte de Grieux)

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Peter Maag


La Bohème

Rome, 17th July 1969

Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Mirella Freni (Mimi), Sesto Bruscantini (Marcello), Rita Talarico (Musetta)

RAI Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Thomas Schippers


La Traviata

Tokyo, 18th September 1973

Renata Scotto (Violetta), José Carreras (Alfredo), Sesto Bruscantini (Germont), Anna Pedrotti (Annina)

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Nino Verchi

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Gluck: The Great Operas

Gluck: The Great Operas



French version, 1776

Anne Sofie von Otter (Alceste), Paul Groves (Admète), Dietrich Henschel (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon/Hercule), Yann Beuron (Evandre), Ludovic Tézier (Un Héraut/Apollon), Frédéric Caton (La voix de l'Oracle/Dieu infernal)

Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) & Brian Large (director)


Mireille Delunsch (Armide), Charles Workman (Renaud), Laurent Naouri (Hidraot), Vincent Le Texier (Aronte), Ewa Podles (La Haine), Yann Beuron (Artémidore), Françoise Masset (Mélisse), Valérie Gabail (Une naiade), Brett Polegato (Ubalde), Nicole Heaston (Lucinde), Magdalena Kozená (Un plaisir), Nicole Heaston (Une bergère)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Iphigénie en Aulide

Jose van Dam (Agamemnon), Anne Sofie von Otter (Clytemnestra), Lynne Dawson (Iphigenie), Bernard Deletré (Patrocle), John Aler (Achille), Gilles Cachemaille (Calchas), René Schirrer (Arcas), Guillemette Laurens (Diane), Ann Monoyios (First Greek Lady/Slave), Isabelle Eschenbrenner (Second Greek Lady)

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre De L’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner

Iphigénie en Tauride

Diana Montague(Iphigénie), Thomas Allen (Oreste), John Aler (Pylade), René Massis (Thoas), Nancy Argenta (Une prêtesse), Sophie Boulin (Une prêtesse), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (Diane), Danielle Borst (Une grecque), René Schirrer (Un scythe/Ministre de Thoas)

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre de L’Opéra de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner

Orfeo ed Euridice

Vienna version (1762)

Derek Lee Ragin (Orfeo), Sylvia McNair (Euridice), Cyndia Sieden (Amor)

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Orphée et Eurydice

Richard Croft (Orphée), Mireille Delunsch (Eurydice), Marion Harousseau (L'Amour), Claire Delgardo-Boge (Une ombre heureuse)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Paride ed Elena

Magdalena Kozena (Paride) & Susan Gritton (Elena)

Gabrielli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh

Historic Recordings & Rarities

[1] “Quel chiaro rio” [La Corona] (Cecilia Bartoli)

[2] “Ah! non turbi il mio riposo” [Telemaco, or L'isola di Circe] (Andreas Scholl)

[3] "Divinités du Styx" [Alceste - original version] (Suzanne Danco)

[4] "C'est un torrent impétueux" [La Rencontre imprévue] (Gérard Souzay)

[5] "Bel inconnu" [La Rencontre imprévue] (Janet Baker)

[6] "Je cherche à vous faire" [La Rencontre imprévue] (Janet Baker)

[7] "O del mio dolce ardor" [Paride ed Elena] (Teresa Berganza)

[8] “Se mai senti spirarti sul volto” [La Clemenza di Tito] (Magdalena Kozená)

[9] "Cette nuit..O toi qui prolongeas mes jours" [Iphigénie en Tauride] (Régine Crespin

[10] Misera, dove son...Ah! non son io [Ezio] (Cecilia Bartoli)

[11] "Viens, suis un époux qui t'adore" [Orphée et Eurydice] - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) (Léopold Simoneau, Suzanne Danco)

[12] "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" [Orfeo ed Euridice] (Marilyn Horne)

[13] "L'espoir renaît dans mon âme" [Orphée et Eurydice] - Original Paris Version for tenor (1774) (Juan Diego Flórez)

[14] "Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte!" [Orfeo ed Euridice] (Marilyn Horne, Pilar Lorengar)

[15] "Che puro ciel, che chiaro sol" [Orfeo ed Euridice] - Sung in Italian/Vienna version (1762) (Janet Baker)

[16] "Che farò senza Euridice?" [Orfeo ed Euridice] (Janet Baker)

[17] "Che farò senza Euridice?" [Orfeo ed Euridice]- Sung in Italian/Vienna version (1762) (Kathleen Ferrier)

2nd July 2014 marks the 300th anniversary of early Classical opera composer Christopher Willibald Gluck. Featuring six full operas, and a special disc of historical recordings and rarities, this set pays homage to the key role of this composer in the development of opera as an art form.

Italian poet and librettist Calzabigi, described Gluck’s operas as ‘mighty passions at boiling point’, yet it was his purified expressive style shaped by dramatic dialogues and solemn choruses, that was hugely respected by those who followed. He influenced generations of composers – most famously Mozart and Berlioz - yet he has also inspired 300 years of commitment by top conductors and singers.

The special disc of Historic Recordings & Rarities which completes the set features some of today’s greatest exponents of Gluck’s music such as Cecilia Bartoli, Magdalena Kozená, Andreas Scholl and Juan Diego Flórez. It also features some of the greatest recording artists of generations past, such as Dame Janet Baker, Marilyn Horne and Kathleen Ferrier.

This set includes two recordings of Gluck’s most famous opera Orfeo. The original Orfeo ed Euridice composed for Vienna in 1762 (John Eliot Gardiner), and the 1774 Paris revision Orphée et Eurydice, for which the opera was recast in French and new music was added (Mark Minkowski).

“This new boxed set from Decca - released last month to commemorate the tercentenary - is an excellent way to acquire the major works in definitive performances: highlights include John Eliot Gardiner's Iphigénie operas and a splendid Armide under Marc Minkowski, and there's a lovely bonus disc which includes some glorious historical recordings of individual arias.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

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The Unprecedented Expansion of Music in the Age of Enlightenment

Bach, C P E:

Harpsichord Concerto in G major, Wq. 43/5 (H475)

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans

Symphony in D major, Wq. 183/1 (H663)

English Concert, Andrew Manze

Trio Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in F major, H576 (Wq154)

London Baroque

Bach, J C:

Piano Concerto in E flat, Op. 7 No. 5

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)

London Baroque

Sinfonia in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai

Bach, J C F:

Trio in A major HW VII/2 for two violins with basso continuo

London Baroque

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering, BWV1079

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord), Janet See (flute), John Holloway (violin), Jaap ter Linden (cello), Martha Cook (harpsichord)

Bach, W F:

Sinfonia in F major, F. 67 'Dissonant'

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai


Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Melanie Diener (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo), Endrik Wottrich (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

La Chapelle Royale Paris, Collegium Vocale, Champs-Élysées Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Paul Lewis (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlávek

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3

Andreas Staier (fortepiano), Daniel Sepec (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Paul Lewis (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Paul Lewis (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Paul Lewis (piano)

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6

Tokyo String Quartet

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Tokyo String Quartet

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Tokyo String Quartet

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Tokyo String Quartet


Symphony in D minor, Op. 12 No. 4, G506 'La Casa del diavolo'

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Messe de Requiem

Elisabeth Baudry (soprano), Monique Zanetti (soprano), Josep Benet (countertenor), John Elwes (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 26ème in F sharp minor

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

Pièces de clavecin IV: Ordre 25ème in E flat major

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

Pièces de clavecin II: Ordre 6ème in B flat

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)


Les troqueurs

Marie Saint-Palais (soprano), Sophie Marin-Degor (soprano), Nicolas Rivenq (baritone), Jean-Marc Salzmann (bass)

Cappella Coloniensis, William Christie


Orfeo ed Euridice

1762 Viennese version in Italian, recorded 2001

Bernarda Fink (Orfeo) Veronica Cangemi (Euridice), Maria Cristina Kiehr (Amor)

Freiburger Barockorchester & Rias Kammerchor, René Jacobs



Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor) & David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)

RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Daniel Reuss

Organ Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV291, Op. 4 No. 3

Richard Egarr (organ)

Academy of Ancient Music


Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Le Midi'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs

Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 39 in D major, Hob.XVI:24

Alain Planès (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Alain Planès (piano)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIa:1

Gottfried Von der Goltz (violin)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob.XV:27

Erich Höbarth (violin), Christophe Coin (cello), Patrick Cohen (piano)

String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 3 in C major ‘The Bird'

Jerusalem String Quartet

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor 'Fifths'

Jerusalem String Quartet


Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 3

John Butt (harpsichord)

Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 5

John Butt (harpsichord)

Frische Clavier-Früchte: Sonata No. 7

John Butt (harpsichord)


Paratum Cor Meum

Judith Nelson (soprano), Stanley Ritchie (violin), William Christie (harpsichord)

In Domine Laudabitur

Judith Nelson (soprano), Stanley Ritchie (violin), William Christie (harpsichord)


Cello Concerto in G minor

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Petra Müllejans


Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Patrizia Ciofi (Susanna), Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Simon Keenlyside (Count Almaviva), Véronique Gens (Countess Almaviva), Angelika Kirchschlager (Cherubino), Marie McLaughlin (Marcellina), Kobie van Rensburg (Basilio/Curzio), Antonio Abete (Bartolo), Nuria Rial (Barbarina)

Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Köln, René Jacobs

Piano Concerto in G major, K 107 No. 2

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)

London Baroque

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Javier Zafra (bassoon), Susanne Kaiser (flute), Ann-Kathrin Bruggemann (oboe), Erwin Wieringa (horn)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried Von der Goltz

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Stefan Vladar (piano)

Camerata Salzburg

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs

Violin Sonata No. 24 in F major, K376

Chiara Banchini (violin), Temenuschka Vesselinova (fortepiano)

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K379

Chiara Banchini (violin), Temenuschka Vesselinova (fortepiano)

Piano Trio No. 1 in G major, K496

Mozartean Players

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Andreas Staier (harpsichord)

String Quartet No. 4 in C major, K157

Jerusalem String Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'

Jerusalem String Quartet


Stabat Mater

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo)


Cello Concerto in C major, Ben. 106

Ivan Monighetti (cello)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai


Castor & Pollux

Howard Crook (Castor), Jérôme Corréas (Pollux), Agnès Mellon (Télaire), Véronique Gens (Phébé), René Schirrer (Mars/Jupiter), Sandrine Piau (Vénus), Mark Padmore (L'Amour), Mark Padmore (Grand Prêtre de Jupiter), Claire Brua (Minerva)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Pièces de clavecin en concerts: Cinquième concert

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Ryo Terakado (violin), Kaori Uemura (bass viola da gamba)

Pièces de clavecin en concerts: premiere concert

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Ryo Terakado (violin), Kaori Uemura (bass viola da gamba)

Sammartini, G B:

“Avertura” in D Major Jc 14

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchin

Sinfonia in G major, Jc 39

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Sonata for harpsichord, violin and cello in F major, Op. 16 No. 4

Chiara Banchini (violin), Luciano Sgrizzi (piano), Philipp Bosbach (cello)

Stamitz, C:

Quartet in D Major Op. 8 No. 1 for clarinet/oboe and strings

Paul Goodwin (oboe)



Concerto grosso n°5 in E minor

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini

Violin Concerto in A minor D115

Enrico Gatti (violin)

Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini


Concerto TWV 51:A4 in A major for violin, strings & b.c. 'Die Relinge'

Midori Seiler (violin)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Sonata TWV 41:a3 in A minor for oboe & b.c.

John Toll (harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (oboe), Nigel North (archlute), Susan Sheppard (cello)

Quartet TWV 43:a1

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort


The Four Seasons

Midori Seiler (violin)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in C Minor RV53

John Toll (harpsichord), Paul Goodwin (oboe), Nigel North (archlute), Susan Sheppard (cello)

The 18th century is probably the most extraordinary period of transformation Europe has known since antiquity. Political upheavals kept pace with the innumerable inventions and discoveries of the age; every sector of the arts and of intellectual and material life was turned upside down. Between the end of the reign of Louis XIV and the revolution of 1789, music in its turn underwent a radical mutation that struck at the very heart of a well-established musical language. In this domain too, we are all children of the Age of Enlightenment: our conception of music and the way we ‘consume’ it still follows in many respects the agenda set by the 18th century. And it is not entirely by chance that harmonia mundi has chosen to offer you in 2011 a survey of this musical revolution which, without claiming to be exhaustive, will enable you to grasp the principal outlines of musical creation between the twilight of the Baroque and the dawn of Romanticism.

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