Mozart: Composer Series [2 CD]

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Mozart: Composer Series [2 CD]
Edita Gruberova, Thomas Hampson, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and other performers from the Teldec catalogue

[ Teldec / Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 17 August 2009

Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Eighty - Harnoncourt & Mozart

Once dubbed the high priest of "authenticity", dread word, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cellist, early music specialist, author and conductor has long been both plausible and consistent in his denial of the accusation. "I would never use the word authenticity for my work", he says. "It can only be authentic 'me', not authentic Bach, Biber, Handel or Telemann. Old instruments produce the best sound for this repertory but they do not necessarily produce the sound of the period."

Nowadays, even the "early music" label can no longer be applied with undue emphasis to Harnoncourt, for he has become, over the past twenty-five years or so, as identifiable an interpreter of Classical, Romantic and twentieth-century music as he has remained in the Baroque sphere on which his reputation was established. Indeed, since his set of Beethoven symphonies for Teldec was named Record of the Year in the 1992 Gramophone Awards, Harnoncourt has performed and recorded all the Schubert symphonies (Teldec), as well as symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák and Bruckner, and a wide range of vocal and choral music from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

"For me the emotional responses in music are the most important. Authenticity and performing practice are always in danger of becoming dogmatic. Besides musical value, an opera must have a message as a wok of art which is not bound just to its own time. The drama must be so timeless in its depiction of human psychology that you can forget it is three hundred years old, or whatever. Monteverdi is such a composer, Handel another." Happy birthday, maestro, and many happy returns of the day!


1. Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550 I - Molto Allegro, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
2. Don Giovanni: Overture, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
3. Don Giovanni: Act 1 "Finch' han dal vino" (Don Giovanni), Thomas Hampson, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
4. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K488: II Adagio, Friedrich Gulda, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
5. Serenade No. 13 in G major K525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik': IV Allegro, Concentus musicus Wien
6. Exsultate, jubilate K165: I Exsultate, jubilate, Barbara Bonney, Concentus musicus Wien
7. Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers) K339: V Laudate Dominum
Joan Rodgers, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien
8. Idomeneo: Act 1 "Nettuno s'onori, quel nome risuoni" (Chorus) Chor & Mozart Orchestra
9. Così fan tutte: Overture Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
10. La clemenza di Tito: Act 2 "Non più di fiori" (Vitellia), Lucia Popp, Mozart Orchestra
11. Symphony No. 35 in D major K.385 "Haffner": Presto, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
12. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major KV 543 I Adagio - Allegro, Chamber Orchestra of Europe

1. Le nozze di Figaro: Overture Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
2. Le nozze di Figaro: Act 2 Finale - "Voi signori, che giusto siete" Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
3. Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201: IV Allegro con spirito, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
4. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major K495: III Rondo - Allegro vivace Hermann Baumann, Concentus musicus Wien
5. Serenade in B flat major KV361 "Gran Wiener Partita": III Adagio, Mozart-Bläser
6. Lucio Silla: Act 1 "Il tenero momento" (Cecilio), Cecilia Bartoli, Concentus musicus Wien
7. Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture, Mozart Orchestra
8. Ein musikalischer Spaß K.522: Presto Concentus musicus Wien
9. Symphony No. 38 in D major KV 504 II Andante, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
10. Symphony No. 41 in C major K 551 "Jupiter" IV Molto Allegro, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
11. Die Zauberflöte: Overture, Mozart Orchestra
12. Die Zauberflöte: Act 2 "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (Königin der Nacht), Edita Gruberova, Mozart Orchestra
13. Requiem in D minor K626: VII Confutatis, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoper, Concentus musicus Wien
14. Requiem in D minor K626: VIII Lacrimosa, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsoper, Concentus musicus Wien