Concentus Musicus Wien

Biography

Active: 1953 - ; Vienna, Austria
The Concentus Musicus Wien (Concentus Musicus of Vienna) has long been one of the premier musical ensembles specializing in period instruments and techniques, with an immense discography. Austrian conductor and cellist Nikolaus Harnoncourt founded Concentus Musicus in Vienna in 1953. The ensemble, led by Harnoncourt's wife, Alice, on first violin and staffed with many of their young colleagues from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, then prepared Read more themselves for four years before giving their first concert. Vienna, home of musicologist Joseph Merkin, keyboardist Gustav Leonhardt, the Clemencic Consort, the Capella Academica, and the Vienna Recorder Ensemble, was already claiming worldwide attention for its early music performance. Yet Concentus Musicus exploded onto the musical scene, displaying a level of technical virtuosity unknown in most period-instrument orchestras of the time.

The group's award-laden and often controversial recording career began with Teldec (then Telefunken) in 1963. The repertories explored by Concentus Musicus, interestingly, have mimicked the trajectory of Western music history. The group's early programs sometimes featured re-creations of medieval and Renaissance music. The first recording project, however, presented the Viol Fantasias (1680) of Henry Purcell, and the ensemble quickly became known for its performance of the high Baroque. Among its many acclaimed interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach are the Brandenburg Concerti (first recorded in 1964), the Orchestral Suites (1966), the St. John Passion (1965), Mass in B minor (1968), St. Matthew Passion (1970), and a massive project to record the complete cantatas (undertaken between 1971 and 1990 with Gustav Leonhardt). In the meantime, the group participated in Zürich productions of all three Monteverdi operas in the 1970s and gave performances of Rameau, Telemann, Handel, and many others. From this deep expertise, the Concentus Musicus moved forward into the eighteenth century, giving sharp and highly energetic performances of Mozart and Haydn symphonies, choral works, and operas. It has received a Grammy and multiple awards of the French Grand Prix du Disque, the Edison Prize, the German Schallplattenpreis, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik; the Bach cantata series earned them the Gramophone Award for Special Achievement.

The performing philosophy of Concentus Musicus follows the vision of founders Nikolaus and Alice Harnoncourt. Nikolaus has called his 1954 essay "On the Interpretation of Historical Music" the group's creed. In the face of what he sees as two conflicting approaches to past music -- either to transplant it into the present and thus transform it, or academically transplant oneself into the past and thus lose connection with the present -- his ideal uses past techniques and instruments to re-create a vibrant contemporary music. He treats the Baroque orchestra as an instrument "whose sound and technique aid and inspire us" to live and make music in the twentieth century. The sonic hallmarks of his approach include a virtuosic level of competence on the early instruments, a characteristic sharpness of musical articulation and accent, a carefully historic tuning system, and creative use of spatial elements to render the "Musical Dialogue." Read less

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Active: 1953 - ; Vienna, Austria
The Concentus Musicus Wien (Concentus Musicus of Vienna) has long been one of the premier musical ensembles specializing in period instruments and techniques, with an immense discography. Austrian conductor and cellist Nikolaus Harnoncourt founded Concentus Musicus in Vienna in 1953. The ensemble, led by Harnoncourt's wife, Alice, on first violin and staffed with many of their young colleagues from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, then prepared Read more
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Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): I. Gagliarda (Allegro)
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): II. Aria
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): III. Ciacona
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): IV. Sonatina
Concerto grosso No.1 in G major Op.6 HWV319 : I A tempo giusto
Concerto grosso No.1 in G major Op.6 HWV319 : II Allegro e forte
Concerto grosso No.1 in G major Op.6 HWV319 : III Adagio
Concerto grosso No.1 in G major Op.6 HWV319 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso No.1 in G major Op.6 HWV319 : V Allegro
Concerto grosso No.2 in F major Op.6 HWV320 : I Andante larghetto
Concerto grosso No.2 in F major Op.6 HWV320 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.2 in F major Op.6 HWV320 : III Largo - Adagio - Larghetto andante e piano
Concerto grosso No.2 in F major Op.6 HWV320 : IV Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor Op.6 HWV321 : I Larghetto
Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor Op.6 HWV321 : II Andante
Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor Op.6 HWV321 : III Allegro
Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor Op.6 HWV321 : IV Polonaise - Andante
Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor Op.6 HWV321 : V Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor Op.6 HWV322 : I Larghetto affettuoso
Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor Op.6 HWV322 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor Op.6 HWV322 : III Largo e piano
Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor Op.6 HWV322 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : I Overture - Larghetto e staccato
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : III Presto
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : IV Largo
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : V Allegro
Concerto grosso No.5 in D major Op.6 HWV323 : VI Menuet - Un poco larghetto
Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor Op.6 HWV324 : I Largo affettuoso
Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor Op.6 HWV324 : II A tempo giusto
Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor Op.6 HWV324 : III Musette - Larghetto
Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor Op.6 HWV324 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor Op.6 HWV324 : V Allegro
Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major Op.6 HWV325 : I Largo
Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major Op.6 HWV325 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major Op.6 HWV325 : III Largo
Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major Op.6 HWV325 : IV Andante
Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major Op.6 HWV325 : V Hornpipe
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : I Allemande
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : II Grave
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : III Andante allegro
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : IV Adagio
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : V Siciliana
Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor Op.6 HWV326 : VI Allegro
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : I Largo
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : III Larghetto
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : V Menuet
Concerto grosso No.9 in F major Op.6 HWV327 : VI Gigue
Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor Op.6 HWV328 : I Overture - Allegro - Lentement
Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor Op.6 HWV328 : II Air - Lent
Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor Op.6 HWV328 : III Allegro
Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor Op.6 HWV328 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor Op.6 HWV328 : V Allegro moderato
Concerto grosso No.11 in A major Op.6 HWV329 : I Andante larghetto e staccato
Concerto grosso No.11 in A major Op.6 HWV329 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.11 in A major Op.6 HWV329 : III Largo e staccato
Concerto grosso No.11 in A major Op.6 HWV329 : IV Andante
Concerto grosso No.11 in A major Op.6 HWV329 : V Allegro
Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor Op.6 HWV330 : I Largo
Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor Op.6 HWV330 : II Allegro
Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor Op.6 HWV330 : III Aria
Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor Op.6 HWV330 : IV Largo
Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor Op.6 HWV330 : V Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat major HWV301 : I Adagio
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat major HWV301 : II Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat major HWV301 : III Siciliano - Largo
Oboe Concerto No.1 in B flat major HWV301 : IV Allegro
Violin Sonata in B flat major HWV288 : I Andante
Violin Sonata in B flat major HWV288 : II Adagio
Violin Sonata in B flat major HWV288 : III Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat major HWV302 : I Vivace
Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat major HWV302 : II Fuga - Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat major HWV302 : III Andante
Oboe Concerto No.2 in B flat major HWV302 : IV Allegro
Concerto grosso in C major HWV318, 'Alexander's Feast' : I Allegro
Concerto grosso in C major HWV318, 'Alexander's Feast' : II Largo
Concerto grosso in C major HWV318, 'Alexander's Feast' : III Allegro
Concerto grosso in C major HWV318, 'Alexander's Feast' : IV Andante, non presto
Organ Concerto No.15 in D minor HWV304 : I Andante
Organ Concerto No.15 in D minor HWV304 : II Adagio - Organo ad libitum, e poi una Fuga allegro ad libitum
Organ Concerto No.15 in D minor HWV304 : III Allegro


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