Notes & Reviews:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt's interpretations of Bach cantatas formed a pillar of an ambitious project launched in the 1970s: the first complete recording on historical instruments of this magnificent canon of works. As early as 1954, Harnoncourt had written of the need "to hear and perform [Bach's masterpieces] as if they had never been interpreted before". Shortly after his death in 2016, Gramophone praised these recordings as "vivid explorations of marvelous music".
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Smetana: Má Vlast / Davis, London SO
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Valery Gergiev, LSO
Opera 101 - Works by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Donzetti, Delibes, Mozart, Bellini, Gounod, and more / Pavarotti, Horne, Sutherland, Puccini, Mehta, Lewis, Bonynge, London PO, Vienna PO, [6 CDs]
Mendelssohn: The 5 Symphonies; The 13 String Symphonies / Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Concerto Koln; Bonney, Wiens, Schreier (rec. 1987-96) [6 CDs]
Splendors of Versailles - the sumptuous concerts that made Versailles a place like no other with music by Campra, Charpentier, Clérambault, Couperin, d'Anglebert, Lully, Marais, Moliere, Marchand et al. [10 CDs]
Suomi-Finland 100: A Century of Finnish Classics - orchestral, vocal & choral works composed from 1917 to the present by Kajanus, Madetoja, Melartin, Pingoud, Raitio, Klami, Sibelius, Merikanto, Aaltoila, Englund, Nordgren et al.
J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio - a presentation choreographed by John Neumeier / Julian Prégardien, Mélissa Petit, Katja Pieweck, Manuel Gunther, Wilhelm Schwinghammer [DVD]