SCHUMANN Variationen & Fantasiestücke
Schumann Piano Concerto & Cello Concerto HMA1951731
TOP CHOICE on Radio 3, Building a Library - June 2010
This third volume of Andreas Staier’s series devoted to the piano music of Robert Schumann begins with his first published composition, the ‘Abegg’ Variations op.1, and ends with his very last work, posthumously published ‘Geistervariationen’. The road he travelled between the two works was a long one, yet this programme also brings out the consistency of the poetic urge that gives Schumann’s music its matchless powers of evocation.
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When Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen died in 1728, his former Kapellmeister had not forgotten the five brilliant years he had spent in the prince’s service. He wrote a cantata dedicated to his memory based on the music of two major works of the mid 1720s - the Trauer-Ode and the St. Matthew Passion. Although the score to the Köthener Trauermusik is lost, the wordbook and other sources of information have now made it possible to create a performing edition. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Raphaël Pichon leads the ensemble Pygmalion in a rediscovery of this little-known work.
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The "hm Treasures by..." Playlists curated by our artists open the vaults of harmonia mundi's treasured catalog. These selections gather together their favorite titles, which we hope will become yours as well."
Les Arts Florissants
Les Indes Galantes
Castor & Pollux
Pièces de clavecin
Actes de Ballet
250 years after his death, Jean-Philippe Rameau continues to fascinate the musical scene the world over, as is shown by the number of new productions of his operas scheduled for 2014 and beyond. But the Dijon-born composer also owes some of his current popularity to the passionate advocacy of William Christie. This sumptuous box set collects all the Rameau recordings he made for harmonia mundi in the 1980s and 1990s. Its selection ofopéra-ballet, tragédie lyrique and harpsichord pieces highlights the multiple facets of an eminently classical œuvre, masterfully interpreted by this American-born musician who has become the foremost interpreter of 17th- and 18th-century French music. A must!