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JOHANN MICHAEL HAYDN

SERENADE IN D (Perger 87)
Virtuosi Saxoniae · Ludwig Güttler

Capriccio encore C8003 PC: 01 (Special Price) 845221080031

With CAPRICCIO Encore  we re-release most famous recordings from the Backcatalogue in a remastered version, new design and for a special price. Legendary recordings of artsts like Sandor Végh, Ton Koopman, Sir Neville Marriner or the Vienna Boys’ Choir are also included as special repertoire highlights from the baroque to the contemporary era.

In July, 1763 Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806) arrived in Salzburg and promptly gave a performance at the prince bishop's summertime residential palace. It is noted in the court register that the table music was 'furnished by an outside composer from Vienna by the name of Michael Heiden''. Within a year's time, he had been commissioned to write a serenade. In Salzburg one had high expectations of the composer and newly-named (second) concertmaster Haydn, for it was traditionally the most respected composers of the court who received commissions by the university students to write such serenades. It was a custom in Salzburg to pay respects to the prince bishop at the conclusion of exams, usually in August or early September, by playing a serenade, sometimes called a "Finalmusik".

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FITZWILLIAM VIRGINAL BOOK

WILLIAM BIRD · JOHN BULL · GIOVANNI PICCHI · ORLANDO GIBBONS
Ton Koopman, harpsichord

Capriccio encore C8002 PC: 01 (Special Price) 845221080024

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The "Fitzwilliam Virginal Book" would never have been written if Francis Tregian had not been imprisoned in London's Fleet Street jail from 1609 until his death in 1619. Tregian, the offspring of a wealthy Catholic family, had been condemned for rebelling against the English crown.  Friends brought him books and musical journals with which to pass the time, and Francis copied them. That is how the great collection – and other works – originated, consisting of 209 compositions for the virginal by various well-known and several lesser-known composers. 

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BRAHMS: String Quintet SCHÖNBERG: Transfigured Night

Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg
Sandor Végh

Capriccio encore C8004 PC: 01 (Special Price) 845221080048

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To his opponents and detractors, Brahms was for long considered a composer whose powers of invention were handicapped by excessive respect for tradition, and who, in a period of the hegemony of opera and sumptuously sonorous symphonic poems, had squandered his considerable compositional technique on old forms and genres like symphony, folksong, variations and chamber music. Then in 1933 Arnold Schönberg (in "Brahms the progressive") set against the conventional portrait of the musical conservative and imitator the image of the progressive composer who in his works had even demonstrated a new beginning. In his technique of "developed variation" (Schonberg) he formed from narrowly circumscribed material (at the extreme, from a single interval) far-reaching formal connections and replaced the "architectonic " by the "logical" form. 

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HENRY PURCELL: OPERA SUITES

THE FAIRY QUEEN · DIOCLESIAN · KING ARTHUR · THE INDIAN QUEEN
Academy Of St Martin In The Fields · Sir Neville Marriner

Capriccio encore C8001 PC: 01 (Special Price) 845221080017

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Purcell 's contemporaries admiringly referred to him as an Orpheus Britannicus, and the appellation shows that they were well aware of the composer 's unique standing. The respect accorded Purcell in his own lifetime – something that would have made him the envy of  many  composers less  fortunate  in  this respect  – was entirely deserved, for he occupies an outstanding position in the history of 17th century English music, and remains to this day one of the very greatest of English composers. Purcell 's sets of incidental music were rearranged to form suites during the composer 's lifetime, and  were  then  published in the collections  so popular at  the time. 

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FRANZ SCHMIDT (1874 - 1939)

Variations on a Hussar’s Song · Fantasia for piano and orchestra · Chaconne for orchestra
JASMINKA STANČUL · DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE RHEINLAND-PFALZ · ALEXANDER RUMPF

C5274 PC: 21 845221052748

When we speak today about Schmidt’s main works, his exemplary organ works and the oratorio The Book with Seven Seals will certainly come to mind first. On this recording are some rarities like the Fantasia for piano and orchestra in B flat major, presumably dating to 1899, in which Schmidt anticipates material from his successful opera Notre Dame. Considered lost for some time, the premiere of the fantasia took place only more than a century after its composition, in the Vienna Musikverein on 8 November 2013. Formally, variation works always held a special appeal for Schmidt, be it in terms of thematic elaborations or in the form of his large-scale Chaconne. In its orchestral version of 1931, it represents an arrangement of the Chaconne for Organ in C sharp minor. The premiere of the chaconne took place during a subscription concert by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Clemens Krauss in 1933. The distinguished conductor was also the dedicatee of the Variations on a Hussar’s Song for Orchestra, composed the same year as the instrumentation of the chaconne. They were also premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic under Clemens Krauss in 1931, was repeated by the same performers at the Salzburg Festival that summer and then played by the New York Philharmonic with Bruno Walter for the first time in the USA in February 1932.

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