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Cantatas (sacred) - Released November 13, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Distinctions 3F de Télérama
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Symphonies - Released February 21, 2014 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released November 3, 2008 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 13, 2008 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 12, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Oratorios (secular) - Released April 9, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 20, 2014 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 20, 2014 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 27, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 13, 2015 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Oratorios (secular) - Released March 13, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 27, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released February 16, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released March 13, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Country - Released January 21, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 20, 2014 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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It's not like there hadn't been performances and recordings of the music of Zaide, Mozart's first Turkish singspiel, before. Although the work was left unfinished and unperformed in the composer's lifetime, its music has been accepted into the canon as a sort of trial run for The Abduction from the Seraglio from the following year. But performances of the complete Zaide music in context of its singspiel had always been considered essentially impossible since the spoken dialogue along with all traces of the plot were long since lost. Orchestral cellist turned early music conductor turned greatest living Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, having recorded nearly every other sung stage work of Mozart's over the years, turned in the composer's 250th anniversary year of 2006 to the unfinished Zaide. Outfitted with a new "topical" plot and dialogue, the work proves less a lighthearted entrainment and more a heavy-handed parody -- or perhaps it's just the conductor and the narrator. While the singers from soprano Diana Damrau through tenor Michael Schade to bass Anton Scharinger are more or less convincing in their roles, Harnoncourt seems to aim below Mozart's usual celestial level to the more mundane and Zaide's music seems more crude and even vulgar than Mozart's standard graceful and elegant style. Similarly, while Tobias Moretti's delivery is more or less straightforward with little of the dramatic enthusiasm that so often mars the performances of actors in singspiels, the story he spins is so unlike Mozart's music that it creates an insuperable gap between the words and the music, a gap that is as fatal to the success of this performance as Harnoncourt's direction. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi's sound is crisp, clean, and realistic, sometimes, as in the first moments after the overture, disconcertingly so.
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Classical - Released July 12, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released August 1, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 30, 2011 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released January 21, 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Because Mozart's earliest symphonies are performed less often than the later masterpieces and are consequently underrepresented on disc, Nikolaus Harnoncourt's period performances with Concentus Musicus Wien may have an added value beyond sheer musical excellence. Much has been written about how these works are miraculous manifestations of the young Mozart's genius, and their consistently high quality obviates criticism for their few shortcomings. But these symphonies really do sound magical and even startling in Harnoncourt's vital renditions, and Concentus Musicus delivers them with boisterous enthusiasm and full bow, with absolutely no precious Rococo affectations. Brisk tempi, tight ensemble playing and the clear timbres of original instruments contribute to the authenticity of the performances, but these may count less than the gusto, humor, and freshness that the musicians display in each work. The woodwinds and horns are especially robust and earthy, and Harnoncourt draws out their distinctive colors and striking rhythms to contrast them more effectively with the strings. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi's sound is immaculate, without doubt the best the label can offer, and the acoustics of Kasino Zögernitz are ideal for balance and resonance. This double disc is highly recommended.

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt in the magazine