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Harmonia Mundi Fiftieth Anniversary Box


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 8185122   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  François CouperinGeorg MuffatHenry PurcellAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  Michel ChapuisRené SaorginAlfred DellerNigel Beavan,   ... 
Conductor:  Alfred DellerSister Marie KeyrouzMarcel PérèsRené Clemencic,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's MusickDeller ConsortSt. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 30 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

50 Years, 50 Complete Masterworks on 30 CDs
Harmonia Mundi celebrates fifty years of great music with this specially-priced 30-CD boxed set that brings together memorable recordings of fifty works of the type the label is known for.

Founded in Paris by its present Chairman and Managing Director, Bernard Coutaz, pioneering independent label harmonia mundi has been making outstanding classical recordings since 1958. At the start, the label’s choice of repertoire was aimed at exploring the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Legendary countertenor Alfred Deller, began recording for harmonia mundi in 1968, followed by William Christie, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe and other early music
Read more luminaries. These visionary artists led a rediscovery of musical performance practice of the past by paying careful attention to the score, its context and the timbre of the instruments used. Since 1986, harmonia mundi has been headquartered in Arles, a historic town in southern France best known for once being home to the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Bucking current trends, harmonia mundi adds an average of fifty new titles annually to its unparalleled catalog of classical music, which now spans more than ten centuries, from Ancient Greece to the newest voices of our day. The company’s passionate spirit of exploration and fierce independence has been hailed by the international press with such high honors as the Label of the Year Award in 2003 (Gramophone) and 2006 (MIDEM Classical Awards) and most recently, two GRAMMY® Awards (René Jacobs in 2005, Paul Hillier in 2007). Join us in our birthday celebration!

To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, harmonia mundi has compiled fifty landmarks in the development of Western music, in stellar performances by undisputed masters in their field. This must-have CD release of the year is a quintessential selection of musical milestones of the ages for every taste. It features over 36 hours of music in audiophile-quality sound, elegantly packaged in a deluxe boxed set of thirty compact discs and offered at a very special low price. Whether you are an inquisitive novice or a discerning connoisseur, you will be thrilled to experience the sonic triumphs of the world’s most innovative independent label.

Here are links to just six of those works with excerpts from reviews. Click the links to view the individual recordings.

Lully: Atys / Christie, Les Arts Florissants (1987)
A major achievement which will do much to improve Lully's somewhat lacklustre reputation as a composer. A clear, resonant recording acoustic. Bravo! -- Gramophone

J. S. Bach: Art of the Fugue / Fretwork (2003)
Fretwork's players deliver nothing less than polished, involving, and faithful-to-the-score performances, ever vigilant to balances and nuances of phrasing. If you want to get to know this intriguing and endlessly fascinating work, this is a perfect place to start; if you're a Bach fan and you don't have it, get it. 10/10 -- ClassicsToday.com

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle / Creed (2001)
This late work by Rossini becomes an addictive pleasure. Creed adopts the flowing tempos and rhythmic lift at the heart of all Rossini's music. Rossinians won't want to miss this one. -- ClassicsToday.com

Keiser: Croesus / Jacobs (2000)
Goregously performed and gripping from the first to the last second of its entire three-hour span. Röschmann is spectacular. This is one-of-a-kind but more than a rarity: It's a great work, ideally performed. 10/10 -- ClassicsToday.com

Dufay: O Gemma Lux, Etc / Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble (2000)
The always intriguing, musically polished, and stylistically informed Huelgas Ensemble just seem to revel in the music -- somehow reaching back to that time where no sound was amplified or transmitted except by means of natural acoustics, where voices and instruments were commonly heard resonating from stone and wood. And we get that too, thanks to Harmonia Mundi's skillful miking in the suitably ancient, resonant space of l'Abbaye-aux-Dames. -- ClassicsToday.com

Pärt: Berliner Messe / Hillier (2000)
This is important and profoundly moving music in which almost anyone can find meaning, even spiritual resonance. Excellent, even essential, and the recording couldn't be better. 10/10 -- ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Mass for Organ no 1 "à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses" by François Couperin
Performer:  Michel Chapuis (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; France 
Venue:  St Maximin, Thionville, France 
2.
Apparatus musico-organisticus by Georg Muffat
Performer:  René Saorgin (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; Germany 
3.
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Nigel Beavan (Bass), Maurice Bevan (Baritone),
Mark Deller (Countertenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano),
Jean Knibbs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Deller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Musick,  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; England 
4.
Byzantine Liturgy of Holy Week: Prayer of Mary Magdelene by Anonymous
Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz (Voice)
Conductor:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Julien-le-Pauvre Byzantine Choir
Period: Medieval 
5.
Mass of St Marcellus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum
Period: Medieval 
6.
A chantar m'er de so qu'en no volria by de Dia, Beatriz, Comtessa
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
7.
Favus distillans Ursula "Lauds of Saint Ursula" by Hildegard of Bingen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
8.
Vasilissa ergo gaude/Concupivit rex decorum tuum by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
9.
O sancte Sebastiane by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
10.
O gemma lux by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
11.
Rite maiorem Jacobi by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
12.
Ecclesie militantis by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
13.
Apostolo glorioso by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1426; France 
14.
Supremum est mortalibus bonum by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1433; Italy 
15.
Basalmus et munda cera by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1431; France 
16.
Nuper rosarum flores by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
17.
Salve flos Tusce gentis by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
18.
Magnanime gentis laudes by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1438; France 
19.
Fulgens iubar ecclesiae dei by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: ?1447; France 
20.
Moribus et genere by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: ?1442; France 
21.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Howard Crook (Tenor), Ulrik Cold (Bass),
René Jacobs (Countertenor), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris  ... 
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
22.
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Holloway (Violin), Davitt Moroney (Harpsichord), Janet See (Flute),
Jaap Ter Linden (Cello), Martha Cook (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 
23.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
24.
Atys, LWV 53 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  Guillemette Laurens (Soprano), Agnès Mellon (Soprano), Guy de Mey (Tenor),
Jean-Francois Gardeil (Baritone)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1676; France 
25.
La gamme et autres morceaux de simphonie by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; Paris, France 
26.
Selva morale e spirituale: Iam moriar, mi Fili by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jean-Marc Aymes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Soave
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
27.
Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: Excerpt(s) by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin), Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
28.
Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
29.
Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin, TV 4 no 17 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Cölln
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
30.
Pièces de clavecin: Excerpt(s) by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
31.
En me revenant by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; France 
32.
Chacogne for Lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
33.
Courante for Lute "Son adieu" by Jacques Gautier
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century 
34.
Courante sur J'avois brisé mes fers Danie by Jacques Gautier
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: 17th Century; England 
35.
Fantasie for Lute by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
36.
Prelude by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
37.
A Galliard (upon a galliard by John Dowland) by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
38.
Pavin for Lute in C minor by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
39.
Alman by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
40.
Sarabande by Jacob le Polonais
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissaince 
41.
Courante for Lute by Julien Perrichon
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
42.
Fantasia for Lute by Cuthbert Hely
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
43.
Fantasia for Lute "La Canzon degli Ucelli" by Diomedes Cato
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1600; Italy 
44.
Fantasia for Lute by Lorenzini da Roma
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
45.
Barca di Venetia per Padova, Op. 12 by Adriano Banchieri
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1605/1623; Italy 
46.
Overture-Suite for Strings and Basso continuo in G major, TV 55 no G 2 "La Bizarre" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
47.
Simphonie de clavecins by Armand-Louis Couperin
Performer:  William Christie (Harpsichord), David Fuller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
48.
Sonatas en quatuor (3) for Harpsichord and Strings, Op. 7: no 2 in F minor by Johann Schobert
Performer:  Véronique Méjean (Violin), Luciano Sgrizzi (Piano), Chiara Banchini (Violin),
Philipp Bosbach (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764 
49.
Croesus by Reinhard Keiser
Performer:  Graham Pushee (Countertenor), Kwangchul Youn (Bass), Salome Haller (Soprano),
Johannes Mannov (Bass), Klaus Häger (Bass), Werner Güra (Tenor),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1710/1730; Germany 
50.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G major, H 15 no 25 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Patrick Cohen (Piano), Christophe Coin (Cello), Erich Höbarth (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
51.
German Dances (6), K 509 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord), Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
52.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello)
Conductor:  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
53.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Petite Messe solennelle by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova (Soprano), Ryoko Morooka (Harmonium), Birgit Remmert (Alto),
Phillip Moll (Piano), Steve Davislim (Tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
55.
Sonata a quattro by Gioachino Rossini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Explorations
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
56.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Soprano), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
57.
Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Michel Portal (Clarinet), Georges Pludermacher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
58.
Goethe Lieder: Excerpt(s) by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano), Dietrich Henschel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: Suite in G major/G minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
60.
Symphonies (9) after Beethoven for Piano, S 464: no 3 in E flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Georges Pludermacher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864 
61.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Brigitte Balleys (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
62.
El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
63.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Isabelle Faust (Violin), Alexander Melnikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
64.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Paul Lewis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
65.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
66.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
67.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
68.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
69.
La lugubre gondola for Violin/Cello and Piano, S 134 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello), Pascal Amoyel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1885 
70.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jerusalem String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
71.
Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in A major, Op. 30 by Ernest Chausson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
72.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 23 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Claude Helffer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1923; Vienna, Austria 
73.
On the overgrown path by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Alain Planès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
74.
Quartet for Strings no 2 "Intimate letters" by Leos Janácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
75.
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Walter Boeykens Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Budapest, Hungary 
76.
Berliner Messe by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990-1992 

Featured Sound Samples

King Arthur (Purcell): Chorus: "Brave Souls"
Atys (Lully): Air pour la Suite de Melpomene
Atys (Lully): Choeur des Nations: "Que Devant Vous"
Mystery Sonata no 2 (Biber): II. Allemanda
Suite "La Bizarre" (Telemann): VIII. Rossignol

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