Notes & Reviews:
DAS ALTE WERK was inaugurated in 1958 with the release of 7" discs of Gregorian chant and music by the medieval French composer Guillaume de Machaut, quickly gaining a reputation for historically informed, high-quality recordings. There soon followed LPs of harpsichord sonatas by Scarlatti, concerti grossi by Handel and partitas for solo violin by Bach. The signing of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen and Jaap Schröder ushered in a new era. The rediscovery of the authentic sound of period instruments, scholarly research into original sources and the obvious delight the label's pioneering young artists had in their music-making combined to offer the listener new and fascinating musical experiences. As the field of the early music revival shed light on forgotten masterpieces and new paths were explored, DAS ALTE WERK rapidly became the touchstone by which other labels were judged, not least for Harnoncourt and Leonhardt's epoch-making complete series of Bach's sacred cantatas. This selection of 4 bestsellers – all previously discontinued – is reissued with the original iconic cover art. All of them have a new UPC. In addition, 3 milestone recordings have been gathered in the new 4CD box: Music at the Habsburg and Mannheim Courts. Others to follow soon.
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Il Giardino Armonico - Music of the Italian Baroque: Castello, Spadi, Marini, Merula / Antonini, Onofri, Bianchi [DVD]
Telemann: Overtures, Trios & Sonatas - "Chalumeaux & Salterio" / Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik
Mozart at Salzburg Festival - 3 complete operas: Marriage of Figaro; Magic Flute & Clemenza di Tito [6 DVD]
Symphonies des Noëls - works by de Lalande, Charpentier, Sammartini, Torelli, Pez, Corelli / Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie
Hymns and Carols from the 18th & 19th Centuries, "Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir" / Maddy Prior and The Carinval Band; The Mellstock Band and Choir
Surrounded by Angels: A Christmas Celebration / Ensemble Galilei
Trios for Strings by Bach, Campioni, Boccherini, Haydn, Cannabich, Giuardini, Cambini / Classical String Trio
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes / Christian Tréguier; Anne-Marie Rodde; Rachel Yakar; Pierre-Yes Le Maigat; Sonia Nigoghossian; Bruce Brewer; Jean-Marie Gouélou; Jean-Claude Malgoire, La Grande Écrue et la Chambre du Roy; Ensemble Vocal Ra
Sacred Music in 17th Century Rome, "Viva Italia" - Works by Palestrina, Plainchant, Charpentier, Carissimi, Sances and more / Duke Vespers Ensemble