Notes & Reviews:
As the predecessors of Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks had not a catalogue of "authenticity-minded" recordings (the pioneering efforts of Raymond Leppard and Jean-Claude Malgoire notwithstanding), Sony made a distinctive new start and engaged indubitably one of the most experienced producers in the field of early music, Wolf Erichson. If the successes secured by such musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen in the 1960s were the most visible signs to a wider audience of thorough-going change in the interpretation of music from medieval to baroque times, there was no doubt in assigning a part of the general success to the work of the production teams behind the recordings. Wolf Erichson was involved in producing recordings for many artists through his work for Das Alte Werk series. Success followed him since the early 1970s, when he founded the SEON production company. Later, Sony Classical's SEON line brought the pioneers of period intruments and vocal performances such as Frans Brüggen, Amer Bylsma, the Kuijkens, Gustav Leonhardt, and Konrad Ruhland on the international market at a budget price. Recordings made on SEON enjoyed both popular and critical acclaim. Later, producer Wolf Erichson, supervised Sony's VIVARTE label, which was a label devoted solely to producing historical music using modern recording technologies. Music critic Tom Manoff said these digital recordings of the VIVARTE series are among the best he has ever heard. The upcoming VIVARTE collector's boxed sets feature attractive repertoire selection out of the legendary catalogue of ancient music. The CDs appear in their original coupling and cover at a special price. Some VIVARTE sets also include selected recordings from the SEON catalogue to round up the collections of selected titles.
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Julian Bream: Music of Spain - Guitar Works by Albeniz, Granados, Sor, Milan, Narvaez, Rodrigo, Tarrega, Turina et al. / Julian Bream, guitar; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra [6 CDs]
Complete organ works by Daniel Erich (1649-1712); Christoph Wolfgang Druckenmuller (1687-1741); Georg Wilhelm Dietrich Saxer (d.1740) / Manuel Tomadin, organ
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Bürgerkapitänsmusik (Citizens Captain music) / Agata Bienkowsky, Hanna Zumsande, soprano; Alon Harari, Mirko Ludwig, tenor; Barockwerk Hamburg, Ira Hochman
Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998): The Snowstorm; Pushkin's Garland; Three Choruses / Novosibirsk Chamber Choir; Moscow Chamber Choir, Vladimir Minin; USSR TV And Radio SO, Vladimir Fedoseyev
Franz Tunder (1614-1667): Complete Organ Music / Emanuele Cardi, organ
Archiv Produktion: The Analogue Recordings of 1959 - 1981 that define the way early music should be performed and recorded - includes 9 recordings appearing on CD for the first time [50 CDs]
Benjamin Godard (1849-1895): Symphony No. 2; Symphonie gothique, Op. 23; Trois Morceaux Op. 51 / Munich Radio SO, David Reiland
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Violin Concerto; Tuba Concerto; 3 Portraits / London SO, André Previn
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-8; "Coriolan" & "Egmont" Overtures / Filarmonica della Scala, Carlo Maria Giulini