Harmonia Mundi - 50 Years of Musical Exploration [Repost]

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Harmonia Mundi - 50 Years of Musical Exploration [Repost]

Harmonia Mundi - 50 Years of Musical Exploration
2007 | 29+1 CD | MP3 192 Kbps | 31 ZIP (3.2Gb)
Lame encoded | Covers & Booklets | Tracks

In 1958 the first records appeared under the banner of Harmonia Mundi, the company founded by the French journalist Bernard Coutaz. Half a century later, Coutaz is still in charge and his creation has developed into one of the most important independent classical labels in the world, carefully preserving the same values and virtues. Next year's anniversary is being marked by this collection, a retrospective of 50 works.
The emphasis is on complete pieces and not extracts, so three discs are devoted to Philippe Herreweghe's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, three more to Lully's opera Atys conducted by William Christie, and another trio to Reinhard Keiser's 1730 music drama Croesus.
Two discs devoted to the countertenor Alfred Deller include his consort's performance of Purcell's King Arthur, and the major instrumental works dotted through the discs range from violinist Andrew Manze's account of Biber's Rosary Sonatas and Mozart's Prague Symphony through Schubert's great B flat Piano Sonata (in Paul Lewis's fine recording), right up to Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet (the Jerusalem Quartet). There are generous notes with the set, while a CD-ROM includes all the texts, but, amazingly, none of this documentation offers an easily accessible list of the contents of each of the discs, which can only be found by thumbing through the pages of the accompanying booklet. The dates of each recording, rather important information in the circumstances, do not seem to be included at all. Despite that, though, this is a wonderful bargain, and a treasure trove of fascinating performances and repertory. (

CD 1-2
The Historic Organ Recordings
François Couperin 1. Messe à l’usage des paroisses • Michel Chapuis
Spanish Music 2. Concert à l’Orgue de Covarrubias • Francis Chapelet
Georg Muffat 3. Apparatus Musico-Organisticus • René Saorgin

CD 3-4
Alfred Deller 1968-1979
Henry Purcell 4. King Arthur, semi-opera • Deller Consort
Anonymous 5. The Folksong Recital • Alfred Deller & Mark Deller

CD 5-6
Late Antiquity & Middle Ages
Chant Byzantin 6. Prayer of Mary-Magdalene • Soeur Marie Keyrouz
Old Roman Chant 7. Missa Sancti Marcelli • Ensemble Organum, Marcel Pérès
Troubadours 8. La Comtessa de Dia • Clemencic Consort, René Clemencic Hildegard
Von Bingen 9. Lauds & Vespers for the Feast of St.Ursula • Anonymous 4 Guillaume
Dufay 10. The Complete Isorythmics Motets • Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel

CD 7-10
J.S. Bach, the Passion
JS Bach 11. Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 (1984 recording) • Philippe Herreweghe
12. Musikalisches Opfer / A musical offering • Davitt Moroney
13. Die Kunst der Fuge /The Art of Fugue • Fretwork

CD 11-13
The ‘Atys’ Years
Jean-Baptiste Lully 14. Atys, musical tragedy • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
Marin Marais 15. La Gamme, en forme de petit opéra • London Baroque, Charles Medlam

CD 14-15
The Masters of the Baroque
Claudio Monteverdi 16. Pianto della Madonna • Maria Cristina Kiehr, Concerto Soave
Heinrich Ignaz Biber 17. Rosenkranz-Sonaten, 5 freudenreichen Mysterien • Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr
Antonio Vivaldi 18. Stabat Mater • Andreas Scholl, Ensemble 415
Georg Philipp Telemann 19. Trauer-Kantate “Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin” • Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel
Jean-Henry D’Anglebert 20. Harpsichord works • Kenneth Gilbert

CD 16-20
50 Years of Rediscoveries
Lord Herbert of Cherbury 21. Lute Book • Paul O’Dette
Adriano Banchieri 22. Barca di Venetia per Padova • Ensemble Clément Janequin, D.Visse
Georg Philipp Telemann 23. “La Bizarre”, Ouvertüre G-major • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Armand-Louis Couperin 24. harpsichords symphonies • William Christie, David Fuller
Johann Schobert 25. Fortepiano quartet • Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini
Reinhard Keiser 26. Croesus, dramma per musica • René Jacobs

CD 21
Classicism Revisited !
Joseph Haydn 27. Piano Trio n°39 Hob.XV :25 • Cohen, Höbarth, Coin
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 28. 6 Deutsche Tänze am Stein-vis-à-vis • Andreas Staier, Christine Schornsheim
Joseph Haydn 29. Cello concerto in Si-major Hob.VII b:1 • Jean-Guihen Queyras
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 30. Symphony n°38 “Prague” in D-major K.504 • Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

CD 22-23
The Heart of Romanticism
Gioacchino Rossini 31. Petite Messe solennelle • RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed
Gioacchino Rossini 32. Sonate a quattro • Ensemble Explorations, Roel Dieltiens
Robert Schumann 33. Frauenliebe und -leben op.42 • Bernarda Fink, Roger Vignoles
Johannes Brahms 34. Clarinet and piano sonata in F-minor op.120 n°1 • Michel Portal, Georges Pludermacher
Hugo Wolf 35. Goethe-Lieder with orchestra • Banse, Henschel, DSO Berlin, Nagano

CD 24-25
A New Look at Masterpieces
Jean-Philippe Rameau 36. Suite en Sol • Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Ludwig Van Beethoven 37. Symphony n°3 “Eroica”. piano transcr. by Liszt • Georges Pludermacher
Hector Berlioz 38. Nuits d’été, Six mélodies op.7 • Brigitte Balleys, Philippe Herreweghe
Manuel De Falla 39. El Amor brujo / Love the magician 1915 version • Ginesa Ortega, Josep Pons

CD 26-27
New Generation
Franz Schubert 40. Fantaisie C-major D. 934 • Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
Franz Schubert 41. Sonate. D.960 B-flat major • Paul Lewis
Frederic Chopin 42. Intégrale des / Complete Ballades • Cédric Tiberghien
Franz Liszt 43. La Lugubre Gondole • Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel
Dimitri Shostakovitch 44. String Quartet No.8 op.110 • Jerusalem Quartet

CD 28-29
From Yesterday to Tomorrow
Ernest Chausson 45. Piano quartet op.30 • Les Musiciens
Aarron Copland 46. Trio Vitebsk • Trio Wanderer
Leo Janácek 47. On an overgrown path, cahiers I & II • Alain Planès, piano
Leo Janácek 48. String Quartet No.2 “Lettres intimes” • Melos Quartett
Béla Bartók 49. Contrasts for violon, clarinet and piano • Ensemble Walter Boeykens
Arvo Pärt 50. Berliner Messe • Theatre of Voices, dir. Paul Hillier

CD 30
CD-ROM containing the original sung texts and their translations into English, French and German.
Includes a 100-pages booklet with the track listing for each CD and background information on the music (in English, French and German).