Roger Norrington - The Complete Erato Recordings

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Roger Norrington - The Complete Erato Recordings
London Classical Players, The Schutz Choir of London, Sir Roger Norrington, with Melvyn Tan (piano) & Daniel Hope (violin)

[ Erato Veritas / 45 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 11 November 2022

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Innovator, erudite, entertaining and acclaimed conductor Sir Roger Norrington founded the Schütz Choir, became founding music director of Kent Opera and established the London Classical Players, the period-instrument orchestra.

His recordings of historically informed Beethoven's complete symphonies with the later that opened his collaboration with EMI received unanimous critical acclaim. The success led to a busy and productive recording programme that covered music from Purcell and Handel to Wagner, Brahms and Bruckner, encompassing orchestral works, choral works and opera. A rich and varied collection of recordings released under EMI, Virgin and Warner Classics that illustrates the Guardian's observation: "arguably the most important British conductor of the last half century … a man who has emphatically changed classical music for the better."

"By emphasising the Symphonie fantastique's Beethovenian inheritance and adopting as far as possible the composer's own metronome markings, Norrington brilliantly recaptures the intoxicating novelty of this audacious score." BBC Music (BBC - Berlioz)

"A pacey traversal of Mozart's comedy which is at times just too fast, but with excellent contributions from Andreas Schmidt and Anthony Rolfe Johnson." (BBC - Magic Flute)

"Alive, provocative and original, showing all the time the effects of [Norrington's] enquiring musical intellect" (Gramophone - Mozart Symphonies)

"Tan's playing has a flair and poetic feeling that are rather special and this partnership with Norrington...has great spontaneity. Tan's individuality comesover unforcedly without unwanted wilfulness." (Penguin Guide - Beethoven)

"This is a splendid achievement. Norrington adds to other distinguished accounts with the most aristocratic and refined account to date. Fine recorded sound." (Gramophone - Fairy Queen)

"this is an enjoyable traversal of the [Mozart Requiem] score, with plenty of character and many points of illumination." (Gramophone - Mozart)

"One of the first recordings to prove period instruments had light to cast on post-Baroque repertoire, this CD remains vivid and refreshing." (BBC - Overtures)


The 5 Piano Concertos [Melvyn Tan]
Choral Fantasy
Symphonies Nos 1-9 / Overtures

Symphonie Fantastique
'Les Francs-juges' Overture

Symphonies Nos. 1 - 4
Variations on a theme by Haydn
Tragic Overture
Ein Deutsches Requiem

Symphony No. 3

Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks
Handel Operatic Arias [David Daniels]

Symphony No. 99 in E flat major
Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'
Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'
Symphony No. 102 in B flat major
Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'
Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Symphonies 38-41
Piano Concertos 16, 20, 23, 24 & 25
Concerto for Piano and Violin
Die Zauberflote [The Magic Flute] [Andreas Schmidt, Catherine Pierard, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Dawn Upshaw]
Don Giovanni [Andreas Schmidt, Amanda Halgrimson, John Mark Ainsley, Lynne Dawson]
Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477
Ave verum corpus, K618
Requiem in D minor, K626 (completed by Duncan Druce)

The Fairy Queen, Z629 (complete opera) [Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, Catherine Pierard, Susan Bickley]

Overtures (Including William Tell & The Barber of Seville)
Rossini Gala: Excerpts from the operas and choral works [Deborah Voigt, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, etc]

Symphonies 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9

Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

National Anthem of the Czech Republic

Ma Vlast

Preludes & Overture / Siegfried Idyll

Symphonies 1 & 2 / Konzertstuck

Early Romantic Overtures