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KARL MUNCHINGER

Baroque Legacy, The (Limited Boxset)

Model:
4840160
SKU:
406735
PLU: 28948401604
Format - 8CD
Genre - Classical
Release Date - 11/10/19

Not yet reviewed.

A newly remastered treasury of Baroque ensemble music from Gabrieli to Haydn, including several recordings receiving their first international CD release.
 
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra was founded by Karl Münchinger in 1946, and it was only after six months of intensive rehearsals that the 31-year-old conductor allowed it to make its debut. The orchestra gave 124 concerts in its first hear, and was hailed as the finest chamber-music ensemble in Germany. When Decca issued its first LP in Europe, it was of two Brandenburg Concertos played by the ensemble, and their recordings soon acquired an enviable reputation for Münchinger’s infallible musical instincts and his orchestra’s lively and polished playing.
 
Having returned to circulation several fine Decca recordings which showcase the conductor’s excellence in choral and Romantic-era music, as well as his classic Art of Fugue arrangement (4825187), Eloquence now presents the most comprehensive set ever released of the Stuttgart CO/ Münchinger Baroque albums, made in mono and stereo between 1951 and 1975. Organised in chronological order of composition, the set opens with a selection of Sonatas and Canzonas by Gabrieli, perfectly illustrating the timeless values of Münchinger’s interpretative vitality even in an era of performance practice vastly different from when he made these pioneering recordings.
 
Harpsichord continuo support on that album was provided by the brilliant young (and tragically short-lived) organist Brian Runnett, and Münchinger continued to attract the brightest and best of Europe’s musicians to join him in the studio. Star names included the flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal playing both Pergolesi and Bach (on a classic set of the Orchestral Suites), and the cellist Pierre Fournier, who made an impeccably stylish record of rarities by Couperin and Vivaldi. Speaking of the Venetian master, the set contains no fewer than three recordings of The Four Seasons, including the first in stereo (with Werner Krotzinger) from 1958. This was preceded by a 1951 version with the orchestra’s leader, Reinhold Barchet, in 1951) and followed by a 1970 remake with the Polish violinist Konstanty Kulka. All three were widely praised in their own time for the vivid characterisation of not only the solo part but the naturalistic touches brought out of the accompaniment by Münchinger.

Composers along the way who were revived by the Decca/Münchinger treatment included Wassanaer and Johann Christian Bach, but the set concludes with an elegantly programmed farewell to the Baroque era in the shape of both Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony (from 1951) and a fugue album of Bach and Beethoven made the following year. It leads smoothly into a companion volume issued by Eloquence showcasing the excellence of Münchinger’s ensemble in Classical-era repertoire (484 0170).
 

Tracklisting:
CD 1
 
GIOVANNI GABRIELI (1553–1612)
1 Sonata XIII
2 Canzona VII 
3 Canzona a 7 
4 Canzon per sonar primi toni 

Symphoniae sacrae … liber secundus, 1615  
5 Canzona X 

Canzoni et sonate, 1615
6 Canzona II

7 Sonata pian e forte quarta bassa 

Canzoni et sonate, 1615
8 XXI Sonata con tre violini
9 Canzon prima à 5
10 Sonata pian e forte


GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681–1767)
Viola Concerto in G major (51:G9)

Don Quichotte: Suite

Heinz Kirchner, viola (11–14)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Brian Runnett, harpsichord (1–8)


CD 2

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678–1741)
Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 Nos. 1–4
 ‘Le quattro stagioni’ (The Four Seasons)*
1951 RECORDING
 
Concerto in E major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Spring)

Concerto in G minor for Violin Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 ‘L’estate’ (Summer)

Concerto in F major for Violin Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 ‘L’autunno’ (Autumn)
 
Concerto in F minor for Violin Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 ‘L’inverno’ (Winter)
 
Concerto in E minor for Cello, Strings and Continuo
Arranged from Cello Sonata, RV 40 by Vincent d’Indy and Paul Bazelaire


FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (1668–1733)
Pièces en Concert for Cello and Strings
Arranged by Paul Bazelaire

Reinhold Barchet, violin (1–12)
Pierre Fournier, cello (13–21)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


CD 3

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678–1741)
Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 Nos. 1–4 ‘Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)
1958 RECORDING

Concerto in E major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Spring)

Concerto in G minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 ‘L’estate’ (Summer)

Concerto in F major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 ‘L’autunno’ (Autumn)

Concerto in F minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 ‘L’inverno’ (Winter)


GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (1710–1736)
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major*

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major*

Werner Krotzinger, violin (1–12)
Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute (13–19)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


CD 4

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068


Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute (8–14)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


CD 5

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069


ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678–1741)
Concertos for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 Nos. 1–4 ‘Le quattro stagioni’ (The Four Seasons)
1972 RECORDING

Concerto in E major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Spring)

Concerto in G minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315 ‘L’estate’ (Summer)

Concerto in F major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293 ‘L’autunno’ (Autumn)

Concerto in F minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297 ‘L’inverno’ (Winter)


Konstanty Kulka, violin (6–17)
Igor Kipnis, harpsichord (6–17)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


CD 6

UNICO WILHELM VAN WASSENAER (1692–1766)
Concerti armonici

Concerto No. 1 in G major

Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Concerto No. 3 in A major

Concerto No. 4 in G major

Concerto No. 5 in F minor

Concerto No. 6 in E flat major


Stuttgarter Kammerorchester

 

CD 7

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH (1735–1782)
Symphony in E flat major, Op. 18 No. 1

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 2

Symphony in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

Symphony in D major, Op. 18 No. 4

Symphony in E major, Op. 18 No. 5

Symphony in D major, Op. 18 No. 6
 
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester


CD 8

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
1 Fugue in A minor, BWV 947
2 Fugue in G minor ‘The Great’, BWV 542  
 Transcribed by Karl Münchinger

Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Transcribed by Edwin Fischer
3 Ricercare à 6

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133
4 Overtura (Allegro) – Meno mosso e moderato – Allegro – Fuga 
5 Meno mosso e moderato – Allegro molto e con brio
6 Allegro molto e con brio – meno mosso e moderato

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, H.I:45 ‘Abschieds-Symphonie’ (Farewell)


Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Members of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Haydn)
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
 
KARL MÜNCHINGER 

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ArtistKARL MUNCHINGER
LabelDecca Classics
Music GenreClassical
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