Sony Classical is delighted to announce the reissue of its recordings by Tafelmusik, the celebrated period-instrument orchestra. Originally released between 1989 and 1998, they are all being issued together for the first time in a single Sony Classical box set of 47 CDs.
Founded in 1979, the Toronto-based ensemble “has built in its special field a reputation as solid as those of the New York or Berlin philharmonics”, declared The Washington Post. The New York Times summed up Tafelmusik¹s achievements, writing that “beyond its impeccable discipline and luminous textures, the group displays an expressive sensibility that transcends the instruments, whether strung with gut or wire”. Some of the Canadian ensemble¹s many awards are the 1996 Echo Klassik (Germany’s highest recording accolade) for “Best Orchestra of the Year” as well as Canada’s JUNO, “Recording of the Month” in BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone Award nomination and “Editor’s Choice, and France¹s Diapason d’Or and CHOC de Monde de La Musique.
Among the Baroque composers and works in this vast Sony Classical Tafelmusik collection are J.S. Bach (Fanfare: “This recording [of the Brandenburg Concertos] is easily the one I would recommend”) and his eldest and perhaps most gifted son, Wilhelm Friedemann (Gramophone: “Tafelmusik are the perfect ensemble to perform this music”); Handel¹s Concerti grossi op. 3 (Gramophone: “Where Tafelmusik comes out comfortably at the head of any league table is in the sheer virtuosity of its playing and the easy gracefulness of its phrasing”) and Water Music (BBC Music Magazine: “Subtle balance impeccable ensemble and Lamon’s sensitive musical direction”); and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Penguin Guide: “Rosette” [highest accolade]; BBC Music Magazine: “In a hugely overcrowded field, Tafelmusik has come up with a winner”).
The Classical repertoire is represented by Beethoven piano concertos (BBC Music Magazine: “Outstanding instrumental playing [Fortepianist] Jos van Immerseel proves an apt and responsive partner”); Gluck ballet music (Fanfare: “its finest performance to date”); Haydn symphonies (Penguin Guide: “The Sony Tafelmusik recordings set new standards in this repertoire”; Classic CD: “[They were] born to play Haydn”) and masses (American Record Guide: “I would choose the [Bruno Weil Tafelmusik] series if I wanted only one recording of these masterpieces”); as well as the Mozart Requiem (ClassicsToday.com: [highest rating] “Vividly colorful playing naturalness and subtlety”, horn concertos (The Horn Call: “Several things set this recording above the competition”) and “Symphonies after Serenades” (Gramophone: “One of the most exhilarating new recordings I’ve heard for some time”).
There are also acclaimed recordings of Biber¹s violin partitas Harmonia artificioso-ariosa (Penguin Guide: “The airy sprightliness is very attractive”), music by Schmelzer (American Record Guide: “A must for those interested in early instrumental music”) and Geminiani¹s Concerti grossi (Gramophone: “Sparkling. Jeanne Lamon, the lead of Tafelmusik, gets it just right”), as well as Gazzaniga’s comic opera Don Giovanni (High Performance Review: “Superb”) premiered in Venice the same year (1787) as Mozart¹s in Prague and no less successful in its day plus much more.
This Tafelmusik box will be a required purchase for lovers of the Baroque and Classical repertoires, and fans of Canadian classical music!
DISC 1–2: J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
DISC 3: J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
DISC 4: W. F. Bach: Sinfonias, Suite Harpsichord Concerto
DISC 5: Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19 and No.1 in C major, Op.15
DISC 6: Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
DISC 7: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 "Emperor" & Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
DISC 8: Biber: Harmonia Artificioso - Ariosa
DISC 9:Boccherini: Cellokonzerte / Sinfonien
DISC 10: Boccherini: Cello Concertos
DISC 11: Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6
DISC 12: Gazzaniga: Don Giovanni
DISC 13: Geminiani: Concerti Grossi
DISC 14–15: Gluck: Orfeo E Euridice
DISC 16: Gluck: Don Juan; Semiramis
DISC 17: Handel: Six Concerti Grossi
DISC 18: Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerti a due cori
DISC 19: Handel: Water Music, Suite from Il Pastor Fido
DISC 20: Haydn: Symphonies Nos.41, 42 & 43
DISC 21: Haydn: Symphonies Nos.44, 51 & 52
DISC 22: Haydn: Symphonies Hob. I: 45, 46 & 47
DISC 23: Haydn: Symphonies Hob. I: 50, 64 & 65
DISC 24: Haydn: Paris Symphonies Hob. I: 82, 83 & 84
DISC 25: Haydn: Paris Symphonies Hob. I: 85, 86 & 87
DISC 26: Haydn: Symphonies Hob. I: 88, 89 & 90
DISC 27: Haydn: Paukenmesse; Salve Regina; Motetto "O coelitum beati"
DISC 28: Haydn: Missa Sancti Bernardi de Offida; Motets
DISC 29: Haydn: Theresa and Nelson Masses
DISC 30: Haydn: Missa "Sunt bona mixta malis"; Salve Regina; Ave Regina
DISC 31–32: Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
DISC 33: Haydn/Kraft: Cellokonzerte
DISC 34–35: Mozart: 6 Symphonies after Serenades
DISC 36: Mozart: Overtures; Eine kleine Nachtmusik
DISC 37: Mozart: German Dances, K. 509; K. 536/567; K. 571; K. 586
DISC 38: Mozart: Rondo and Horn Concertos
DISC 39: Mozart: Requiem, K. 626
DISC 40: Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre
DISC 41: Schmelzer: Sonatas; Balletti Francesi; Ciaccona
DISC 42: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Sinfonia "Al Santo Sepolcro"; Concerto Op.3, No.10
DISC 43: Vivaldi: Concertos for Strings
DISC 44: Vivaldi: Concerti
DISC 45: Zelenka: Missa Dei Filii “Salus infirmorum”
DISC 46: Flute Concertos: Stamitz, Richter, Haydn, Gluck
DISC 47: Music for Trumpet & Orchestra: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Telemann, Handel etc.