Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - December 2018
Our Boxing Day picks include a bumper box of cello concertos from Porpora to Lutosławski, a 25-DVD set of concerts and documentaries celebrating the career of the late Claudio Abbado, the complete piano music of the Russian composer Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952), and a newly remastered collection of Willi Boskovsky’s New Year’s Day Concerts from Vienna, running to over 200 Strauss waltzes and polkas!
25 DVDs including Mahler, Debussy and Prokofiev from the Lucerne Festival, Europakonzerts from Palermo, Stockholm and Berlin, New Year’s Eve concerts from 1997, 1999 and 2000, an Italian night from the Waldbühne, Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem, the Brandenburg Concertos, and the documentaries Hearing the Silence and The Silence That Follows The Music.
Available Format: 25 DVD Videos
Featuring new remasterings of Boskovsky’s New Year’s Day Concerts from Vienna and several CD premieres (such as the Wiener Oktett’s Spohr and Schubert), this 50-CD set pays tribute to Boskovsky the chamber musician and conductor, with special emphasis on his work with the Wiener Mozartensemble and Wiener Philharmoniker – includes over 200 waltzes by the Strauss Family!
Available Format: 50 CDs + 2 DVD Videos
Released in anticipation of the Belgian violinist, gamba-player and conductor’s 75th birthday in February, this 20-disc collection brings together all of his solo and chamber recordings on Accent (dating from 1979 to 2008) and includes the Bach Cello Suites, Mozart violin sonatas, Couperin’s Les Nations, Haydn’s London Trios, and music by Telemann, Corelli, Forqueray and John Jenkins.
Available Format: 20 CDs
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Recorded between 2006 and 2016, Kuijken’s complete concerto recordings with La Petite Bande includes The Four Seasons, Bach’s complete Orchestral Suites and Brandenburg Concertos, three early Haydn symphonies, a selection of Haydn keyboard concertos, and Telemann concertos for horn and trumpet.
Available Format: 10 CDs
Ensemble Leones, I Ciarlatani, Ensemble fur Fruhe Musik Augsburg, Estampe, Per-Sonat
11 CDs documenting the medieval tradition of the German courtly love-song, including music by Walther von der Vogelweide (who appears as a character in Wagner’s Tannhäuser), Oswald von Wolkenstein, Neidhart von Reuental, and the ‘Monk of Salzburg’ as well as contemporaneous works from anonymous French and Spanish troubadours.
Available Format: 11 CDs
Mitsuko Uchida (piano) Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle
Uchida has been a regular guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1984, and these performances (recorded live at the Philharmonie in February 2010) were described by one journalist as generating ‘a collective sense of happiness’ for performers and audience alike; the complete concertos are presented on 3 CDs, a Blu-ray audio and a Blu-ray video which includes an interview with Uchida.
Available Format: 3 CDs + Blu-ray Audio + Blu-ray Video
Klaas Trapman (piano)
Recorded between 2002 and 2006, this is the only complete collection of the Russian composer-pianist’s complete piano music, shot through with echoes of Liszt, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov; highlights include the Seven Preludes Op. 40, the Roman für Klavier Op. 35, the Ten Études Op. 15, and two piano sonatas.
Available Format: 6 CDs
André Isoir (organ)
Originally released on Calliope and recorded between 1975 and 1991, the French organist’s interpretations of Bach’s complete organ works won numerous prestigious international awards, including the ‘Choc de l’année’ prize in 2000 and many ‘Grands Prix du Disque’ throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Available Format: 17 CDs
Adriano Maria Fazio (cello)
As well as landmark examples of the genre by Haydn, Boccherini, Dvořák, Schumann and Saint-Saëns and a hefty helping of Vivaldi, this 15-CD anthology includes relative rarities by composers including Porpora, Monn, Platti and Leonardo Leo, and more recent works by Lutosławski, Kabalevsky and Ginastera.
Available Formats: 15 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC
Maria Yudina (piano)
A 26-CD tribute to the great Soviet pianist, including the Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata and Diabelli Variations, Beethoven and Mozart concertos, chamber music by Prokofiev, Honegger, Stravinsky and Hindemith, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and a live recital recorded in Kiev in April 1954.
Available Format: 26 CDs
Carole Cerasi (harpsichord)
Released to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Couperin’s birth, this 10-CD set was recorded over the course of a single year and uses six different harpsichords (including two significant antiques); Cerasi’s discography includes award-winning recordings of Jacquet de La Guerre, Domenico Scarlatti, Thomas Tomkins and CPE Bach.
Available Format: 10 CDs