The Baroque Legacy

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RELEASE DATE: 11/10/2019
8 CD

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).

‘Why should a string orchestra be denied this magnificent music?... Münchinger’s ideas… are logical and consistent. In fact the whole thing is very well done.’ Gramophone, April 1970 (Gabrieli)

‘Superb playing by Mr Fournier… The Vivaldi and Couperin items are less commonly heard, and quite beautiful. Recording is excellent.’ High Fidelity, March 1954

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

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