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The Art of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029592971

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 15

Release Date: 30th September 2016

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV80 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'
Cantata BWV81 'Jesus schlaft, was soll ich hoffen'
Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'
Cantata BWV83, 'Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde'

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.2 in D major, op.36
Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67

Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz

Balletae a 4 violettae (7)
Battalia
Sonata a 6 in B major 'Die Pauern Kirchfahrt'
Sonata a 7 (1668)
Sonata no.1 a 8
Sonata no.2 a 8
Sonata no.3
Sonata no.4 a 5

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Dvorak, Antonin

Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Water Goblin, op.107

Handel, George Frideric

Organ Concerto in D minor, HWV304
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV295 'The cuckoo and the nightingale'
Water Music

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.30 in C major, Hob.I:30 'Alleluia'
Symphony no.53 in D major, Hob.I:53 'Imperial'
Symphony no.69 in C major, Hob.I:69 'Laudon'

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music, op.61
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, op.21
Die erste Walpurgisnacht, op.60
The Fair Melusine Overture, op.32

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, K538
A questo seno deh vieni ...Or che il cielo a me ti rende, K374
Ma che vi fece, o stelle ...Sperai vicino il lido, K368
Mia speranza adorata ...Ah, non sai qual pena, K416
Misera, dove son? ...Ah! non son' io che parlo K369
No, che non sei capace di cortesia, K419
Voi avete un cor fedele, K217
Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!, K418

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54
Symphony no.4 in D minor, op.120
Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23

Strauss II, Johann

Agyptischer Marsch (Egyptian March), op.335
An der schonen blauen Donau (On the beautiful blue Danube), op.314
Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
» Overture
Die Fledermaus
» Overture
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), op.325
Kreuzfidel polka, op.301
Leichtes Blut (Light as a Feather), op.319
Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning) polka, op.324
Wiener Bonbons, op.307

Strauss II, Johann (with Josef Strauss)

Pizzicato Polka, op.234

Vivaldi, Antonio

Flute Concertos (6), op.10
» no.1 in F major, RV433 'La tempesta di mare'
Violin Concertos (12), op.8 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'
» no.1 in E major, RV269 'La primavera' (Spring)
» no.2 in G minor, RV315 'L'estate' (Summer)
» no.3 in F major, RV293 'L'autunno (Autumn)
» no.4 in F minor, RV297 'L'inverno' (Winter)
» no.6 in C major, RV180 'Il piacere'

Artists

Martha Argerich
Gidon Kremer
Alice Harnoncourt
Edita Gruberova
Cathy Berberian
Thomas Hampson
Rene Pape
Concentus Musicus Wien
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV80 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'
Cantata BWV81 'Jesus schlaft, was soll ich hoffen'
Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'
Cantata BWV83, 'Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde'

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.2 in D major, op.36
Symphony no.5 in C minor, op.67

Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz

Balletae a 4 violettae (7)
Battalia
Sonata a 6 in B major 'Die Pauern Kirchfahrt'
Sonata a 7 (1668)
Sonata no.1 a 8
Sonata no.2 a 8
Sonata no.3
Sonata no.4 a 5

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Dvorak, Antonin

Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Water Goblin, op.107

Handel, George Frideric

Organ Concerto in D minor, HWV304
Organ Concerto in F major, HWV295 'The cuckoo and the nightingale'
Water Music

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.30 in C major, Hob.I:30 'Alleluia'
Symphony no.53 in D major, Hob.I:53 'Imperial'
Symphony no.69 in C major, Hob.I:69 'Laudon'

Mendelssohn, Felix

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music, op.61
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, op.21
Die erste Walpurgisnacht, op.60
The Fair Melusine Overture, op.32

Monteverdi, Claudio

L'Orfeo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle, K538
A questo seno deh vieni ...Or che il cielo a me ti rende, K374
Ma che vi fece, o stelle ...Sperai vicino il lido, K368
Mia speranza adorata ...Ah, non sai qual pena, K416
Misera, dove son? ...Ah! non son' io che parlo K369
No, che non sei capace di cortesia, K419
Voi avete un cor fedele, K217
Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!, K418

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54
Symphony no.4 in D minor, op.120
Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23

Strauss II, Johann

Agyptischer Marsch (Egyptian March), op.335
An der schonen blauen Donau (On the beautiful blue Danube), op.314
Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
» Overture
Die Fledermaus
» Overture
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), op.325
Kreuzfidel polka, op.301
Leichtes Blut (Light as a Feather), op.319
Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning) polka, op.324
Wiener Bonbons, op.307

Strauss II, Johann (with Josef Strauss)

Pizzicato Polka, op.234

Vivaldi, Antonio

Flute Concertos (6), op.10
» no.1 in F major, RV433 'La tempesta di mare'
Violin Concertos (12), op.8 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'
» no.1 in E major, RV269 'La primavera' (Spring)
» no.2 in G minor, RV315 'L'estate' (Summer)
» no.3 in F major, RV293 'L'autunno (Autumn)
» no.4 in F minor, RV297 'L'inverno' (Winter)
» no.6 in C major, RV180 'Il piacere'

Artists

Martha Argerich
Gidon Kremer
Alice Harnoncourt
Edita Gruberova
Cathy Berberian
Thomas Hampson
Rene Pape
Concentus Musicus Wien
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

About

This 15-CD set pays tribute to Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died on 5 March 2016. He was described thus in his obituary in The Guardian: “Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who has died aged 86, was one of the most innovative and influential conductors of the second half of the 20th century, bringing the scholarship and sensibility of historical performance to the mainstream repertoire with sometimes controversial, but always illuminating results.”

The Art of Harnoncourt draws on the rich and extensive Warner Classics catalogue that the conductor built up over several decades. It shows him in music that spans eras from the late Renaissance to Romanticism by way of the Baroque and Classical, with works by: Monteverdi (a complete recording of L’Orfeo); Biber; Vivaldi (including The Four Seasons), Bach (several cantatas from the complete cycle entrusted to Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt by the Telefunken label); Handel; Haydn; Mozart; Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Schubert, Schumann; Bruckner, Dvořák and Johann Strauss.

While Harnoncourt originally established his reputation with the pioneering ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien – dedicated to historically informed performance and founded by Harnoncourt and his violinist wife Alice in the 1950s – the collection also features several of the major modern-instrument orchestras with which he developed a close relationship: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Soloists who appear in the collection include Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Alice Harnoncourt, Edita Gruberová, Cathy Berberian, Thomas Hampson and René Pape.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt was born in 1929 in Berlin into a noble family. He grew up in Graz, Austria, and trained as a cellist in Vienna, also playing the viola da gamba. He spent most of the 1950s and 60s as a member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, but rebelled against the practice of taking a Romantic approach to music from every era and rejected the idea of the conductor as autocrat. In his own work as a conductor he preferred to treat the orchestral musicians as colleagues.

His approach to a score can be summed in a comment he made in 1954. He spoke of the need to perform Bach’s masterpieces “as if they had never been interpreted before”. No matter what the era of a score’s genesis, he searched out original manuscripts and orchestral parts in order to gain a deep understanding of the composer’s intentions and the performing style of the composer’s time. His interpretations sometimes challenged the expectations of tradition, but in the 1990s he achieved a new prominence and authority through his regular appearances at one of the world’s powerhouses of classical music, the Salzburg Festival, from which he had been absent over the years in which Herbert von Karajan was its driving force.

As Sir Nicholas Kenyon of London’s Barbican Centre – a former journalist with a special interest in pre-Classical music – wrote in Gramophone after Harnoncourt’s death: “He wanted to explore why composers made their music sound as it did, to understand what their intentions were, to react to the instruments they used and to their sonorities, and to see how they could best be created anew in our time. He did not believe in ‘authenticity’ as such, and never used the word. Instead he questioned ‘tradition’ as laziness [as] Mahler had before him.”

Contents:

CD1&2 Monteverdi - L'Orfeo
Berberian, Hansmann, Van Egmond, Equiluz, Kozma
Capella Antica Munchen, Concentus Musicus Wien

CD3 Biber
Sonata 3 a 5, Sonata prima a 8, Ballatae a 4 Nos 1–7, Battalia in D major, Sonata a 7, Sonata 4 a 5, Sonata seconda a 8, Sonata a 6 'Die Pauern Kirchfahrt genandt'
Concentus Musicus Wien

CD4 Vivaldi
The Four Seasons, Concerto 'La tempesta di mare', Concerto 'Il piacere'
Alice Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien

CD5 Bach - Cantatas BWV80-83
Esswood, Equiluz, van der Meer, Huttenlocher, Van Egmond
Tölzer Knabenchor, Wiener Sängerknabe, Chorus Viennensis, Concentus Musicus Wien

CD6 Handel
Water Music, Organ Concertos No.15 & "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
Herbert Tachezi, Concentus Musicus Wien

CD7 Haydn
Symphonies Nos 30 “Alleluja”, 53 “L’Impériale” & 69 “Laudon”
Concentus Musicus Wien

CD8 Mozart - Concert Arias
Edita Gruberova, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

CD9 Beethoven
Symphonies Nos 2 & 5
Chamber Orchestra of Europe

CD10
Mendelssohn - Die schöne Melusine
Schubert - Symphony No.4
Schumann - Symphony No.4
Berliner Philharmoniker

CD11 Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The First Walpurgis Night
T Hampson, R Pape, Arnold Schönberg Choir, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

CD12 Schumann
Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto
Martha Argerich (piano), Gidon Kremer (violin), Chamber Orchestra of Europe

CD13 Bruckner - Symphony No.7
Wiener Philharmoniker

CD14 Dvořák
Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’, The Water Goblin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

CD15 Johann Strauss II
Der Zigeunerbaron (Overture), Kreuzfidel, Leichtes Blut, G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Egyptischer Marsch, Wiener Bonbons, Pizzicato Polka (with Josef Strauss), Unter Donner und Blitz, An der schönen, blauen Donau, Die Fledermaus (Overture)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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