Organ Concertos - Brixi, Handel, Haydn, Soler, Vivaldi

Release Date: 6/28/2011
Catalog Number: BRI94099
Number of Discs: 10

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
What makes the music of Brixi different from that of many of his countrymen? In his article on the Brixi clan in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Vladimir Novák notes that the music of František Brixi “is distinguished from that of his contemporaries by its fresh melodic writing, vivacious rhythm, and lively bass lines, and from that of his predecessors by its simple yet effective instrumentation.” Brixi’s music was much in demand and copies were distributed throughout Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Austria, and Bavaria. Brixi exerted a strong effect on Bohemian musical taste, and his lasting influence was partially responsible for Mozart’s sympathetic reception in Prague, even though Brixi had been dead for over a decade... Christian Schmitt’s playing is a model of its kind and Nicol Matt’s small ensemble performs with charm and elegance, exuding unforced stylistic grace and soft-grained beauty.

-- Michael Carter, FANFARE
reviewing the Brixi works, originally released as Brilliant Classics 93133


Vivaldi wrote almost no concertos for keyboard instruments... There are just the six here, all with violin, and one more for harpsichord. Two of these also add oboe and optional chalumeau (RV 779) or cello (RV 554). The first thing to note about this recording is that it has some of Vivaldi’s most spirited and inventive music, ebulliently played... Roberto Loreggian’s organ sounds like a fairly small positive organ. It is miked quite closely, so we also hear a lot of chiff and key-clacking, but he plays with great vivacity. [T]hese are wonderful pieces, played with enthusiasm.

-- Alan Swanson, FANFARE
reviewing the Vivaldi works, originally released as Brilliant Classics 94059
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Organ no 6 in G major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
2. Concerto for Organ no 7 in G major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
3. Concerto for Organ no 8 in D major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
4. Concerto for Organ no 3 in D major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
5. Concerto for Organ no 1 in C major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
6. Concerto for Organ no 5 in F major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
7. Concerto for Organ no 2 in C major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
8. Concerto for Organ no 4 in D major by Franz Xaver Brixi
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ; Bohemia
9. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4/HWV 289-294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735-1736 ; London, England
10. Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Charlotte Balzereit (Harp )
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1736 ; London, England
11. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7/HWV 306-311 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1740-1751 ; London, England
12. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
13. Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
14. Concerto for Organ in D minor, HWV 304 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1746 ; London, England
15. Concerto for Organ no 1 in C major, H 18 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: ?1756 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1767 ; Austria
17. Concerto for Organ no 3 in C major, H 18 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1763 ; Austria
18. Concerto for Keyboard and Violin in F major, H 18 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Susanne Scholz (Violin), Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1766 ; Austria
19. Concerto for Organ in C major, H 18 no 8 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1766 ; Austria
20. Concerto for Organ in C major, H 18 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1771 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
21. Concerto for Keyboard in F major, H 18 no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Anton Holzapfel (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dolce Risonanza
Period: Classical
Written: by 1766 ; Austria
22. Concerti (6) for 2 Organs by Antonio Soler
Performer: Pieter Van Dijk (Organ), Maurizio Croci (Organ)
Period: Classical
Written: after 1766 ; Spain
23. Concerto for Violin and Organ in D minor, RV 541 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque
24. Concerto for Violin and Organ in F major, RV 542 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque
25. Concerto in C major for Violin, Traverso and Organ, RV 779 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
26. Concerto for Violin and Organ in C minor, RV 766 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque
27. Concerto for Violin and Organ in F major, RV 767 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque
28. Concerto for Violin, Organ and Oboe in C major, RV 554 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Roberto Loreggian (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Baroque
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