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
Symphonies des Noëls - works by de Lalande, Charpentier, Sammartini, Torelli, Pez, Corelli / Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie
Francesco Durante: Requiem; Organ Concerto / Clive Driskill-Smith, Organ; Soloists fromt The Sixteen; Oxford Baroque, Darlington
Surrounded by Angels: A Christmas Celebration / Ensemble Galilei
Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6 / Slovak State PO, Alfred Walter
Alfred Hill (1869-1960): Piano Concerto; Piano Sonata; George Frederick Boyle (1886-1948): Piano Concerto; "The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 69" / Piers Lane, piano; Johannes Fritzsch, Adalaide Symphony Orchestra
Music for Trumpets, Strings and Organ from Before 1700 - Works by Albertini, Bendinelli, Ferrini, Lully, Vejvanovsky, Viviani, Witt / Kentucky Baroque Trumpets
Hymns and Carols from the 18th & 19th Centuries, "Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir" / Maddy Prior and The Carinval Band; The Mellstock Band and Choir