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Concentus Musicus In Concert (Live At The Holland Festival 1973)

Vivaldi / Concentus Musicus Wien / Harnoncourt
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 662119   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiGeorge Frideric HandelHeinrich Ignaz BiberJean-Philippe Rameau,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a thrill it must have been to attend this 1973 Concentus musicus concert, and after many LP incarnations, what a joy it is to finally have the recording of it available on CD. Back then, when nearly all of today’s period-instrument ensembles were either vague imaginings in the minds of hip conservatory students or were in early infancy, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus musicus had at that point already marked 20 years of experience, and their stylistic and interpretive vision remained influential decades later.

Take for instance their performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in G “La Notte” and compare it with the controversial 1991 recording (Teldec as well) by Il Giardino
Read more Armonico (formed in 1985). While the later group’s attack and delineation is slightly more severe, both ensembles play up the contrast of Vivaldi’s widely varied rhythmic patterns and instrumentation, achieving a practically identical dramatic conception. Likewise, the Concentus musicus’ rendering of the stately yet playful rhythmic variations in the marches and dances in its abbreviated Suite from Marin Marais’ opera Alcyone are often quite similar to Les Concert des Nations’ approach in its complete 1993 Astrée recording of the Suites directed by Jordi Savall. (Savall is one of Harnoncourt’s few peers; he began his research in the late 1950s and formed his earliest ensemble, Hesperion XX, in 1974.)

Equally engaging performances of works by Handel and Rameau are also included, yet for the finale Harnoncourt chose three sonatas by Biber (whose remarkably innovative music Harnoncourt arguably can take credit for reviving). These selections from Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum, composed when Biber was at the height of his creative and virtuosic abilities, must have been a revelation to contemporary audiences, highlighted as they were by a wide variety of tempo changes, dynamic shifts, and sudden brief, often frenzied dances, all taking place in a very short period of time (the three sonatas, with their combined 17 movements, are all performed in just 18 minutes).

The sound is remarkably good; the ensemble is captured with a sense of immediacy and transparency that continues to elude many engineers recording digitally today. W. E. v. Lewinski’s original notes are reprinted in full. All in all, a very welcome reissue.

-- John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Flute in G minor, Op. 10 no 2/RV 439 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe no 3 in G minor, HWV 287 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1703-1705; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 1 in B minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 1), C. 78 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Fidicinium sacroprofanum: Sonata no 8 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 10 in E major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 10), C. 87 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Ouverture by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Menuet 1 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Tambourin by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Loure by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Gavotte 1 by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. 3e Air pour les athlètes by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
12.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Entrée d'Hébé by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13.
Castor et Pollux: Suite. Entrée des asteres - Chaconne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Alcyone: Suite. 1er Air: Gravement et piqué by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15.
Alcyone: Suite. Sarabande by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
16.
Alcyone: Suite. Gigue by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17.
Alcyone: Suite. Menuet et Air by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
18.
Alcyone: Suite. Air des Matelotes 1 et 2 by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
19.
Alcyone: Suite. Air des Matelots 3: Tambourin by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20.
Alcyone: Suite. Chaconne pour les Tritons by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
21.
Alcyone: Suite. Tambourin 1 et 2 by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1973 
Venue:  Lutherse Kerk, Den Haag 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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 Lifeless Sound August 16, 2013 By John K. (Orinda, CA) See All My Reviews "I was very disappointed in the flat, lifeless quality of the sound. One would think that a remastered recording of a good analog original would come out wonderfully, but not this time." Report Abuse
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