Notes and Editorial Reviews
Nikolaus Harnoncourt – The Complete Sony Recordings brings together for the first time Harnoncourt’s complete recordings from 2002–2015 with his
Concentus Musicus Wien, the
Vienna Philharmonic, the
Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The edition features his famous symphony recordings of
Bruckner, alongside his celebrated performances of great choral works such as the
Die Schöpfung, as well as
Orlando paladino and
Porgy and Bess. Also included are previously authorized but unreleased recordings of J. S.
Cantatas Nos. 26 & 36,
Christus am Ölberge and
The set comes with a 136-page coffee-table book featuring a newly written essay on Nikolaus
Harnoncourt – musician, conductor and researcher – plus all of his own liner notes and interviews that came with the original releases.
The edition also contains
Die Zauberflöte on DVD, the DVD documentary
Mission Mozart with pianist
Lang Lang, rehearsal excerpts, interviews and lectures by Harnoncourt on CD and DVD, and finally the complete sung texts on CD-ROM.
With 61 CDs and 3 DVDs – Nikolaus Harnoncourt – The Complete Sony Recordings is the authoritative artistic legacy of one of the most charismatic and significant figures in the world of classical music.
This compilation, commemorating his later recordings, reminds us that he was not purely an early-music specialist. Highlights include Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, to be sure, but there’s also Verdi, Smetana, and even Gershwin. For Harnoncourt devotees, there is also previously unreleased Bach, Beethoven, and Dvorak.
– New York Times
Works on This Recording
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Written: 1741; London, England
The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria
The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria
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