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Kammerorchester Basel – Bologna 1666 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel – Bologna 1666 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:30 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © deutsche harmonia mundi

The multiple award-winning recordings of the Kammerorchester Basel are a genuine asset to the record market. With “Bologna 1666” they take their listeners on a musical journey to what was probably the most important musical centre of 17th-century Italy. Founded in 1666, the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, one of Italy’s oldest academies of music, influenced the musical life of its times far beyond the borders of Italy itself. It is thus all the more astonishing that with few exceptions, such as Giuseppe Torelli or Lorenzo Gaetano Zavateri, most of its composers have fallen into oblivion. For this recording, the Kammerorchester Basel, headed by its concert-mistress Julia Schröder, have unearthed outstanding masterpieces.

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Kammerorchester Basel – Schubert Symphony No. 7 Unfinished & Franz Schuberts Begräbniß (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel – Schubert Symphony No. 7 Unfinished & Franz Schuberts Begräbniß (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:38 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

The chamber orchestra Kammerorchester Basel (also: Kammerorchesterbasel) was founded in Basel, Switzerland, in 1984. In the tradition of Paul Sacher’s Basler Kammerorchester, its focus is on both early music and contemporary classical music. The orchestra plays regularly without a conductor with their leading concertmasters Julia Schröder, Daniel Bard and Baptiste Lopez. The Basel Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the leading chamber orchestras in the classical music scene. Invitations to the most important worldwide concert houses and festivals shape their agenda, as well as their own subscription concerts in Basel.

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Kammerorchester Basel & Heinz Holliger – Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5, Overture Fierrabras (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Heinz Holliger – Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5, Overture Fierrabras (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:43 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Heinz Holliger, Meisteroboist, Komponist, Dirigent und eine der charismatischen Musikerpersönlichkeiten unserer Tage, kann am 21. Mai seinen 80. Geburtstag feiern. Passend zum Event erscheint Vol. II der kompletten Sinfonien von Franz Schubert, die das künstlerische Multitalent mit dem Kammerorchester Basel aufgenommen hat. Der Dirigent strebt bewusst einen eigenen Zugang zur Musik des österreichischen Romantikers an, eine Interpretation, die vermeintlich Angenehmes aufrauht und den Sinn für die gewagten Neuerungen in der Musik schärft. Die Presse war bei der Live-Aufführung der «großen» C-Dur-Sinfonie schon einmal begeistert: “Das Spiel der Noten geht in ein Spiel der Klangfarben über,” meinte die Basler Zeitung, und AZ-Online schrieb: “Heinz Holliger vermittelt am Dirigierpult seine Begeisterung für Schubert, und durch sein sehr genaues Quellenstudium gelingt es ihm, diese Musik mit einer ansteckenden Präsenz zu vermitteln”.

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Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini – Haydn 2032, Vol. 7: Gli impresari (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel, Giovanni Antonini – Haydn 2032, Vol. 7: Gli impresari (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 01:12:55 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

Under the title Gli impresari, The Impresarios – i.e. the directors of the theatre troupes that Nikolaus I, Prince Esterházy engaged to perform in his opera houses – this CD gathers together some of the orchestral works by Joseph Haydn linked by their origin and their reception; they were originally conceived as theatre music, before their metamorphosis into symphonies (…)The period from 1772 onwards, when Karl Wahr was responsible for for the summer theatre programme at Esterháza, saw the peak of the multidisciplinary collaboration taking place between the court music directed by Haydn and companies engaged from outside. (…) At the end of 1775 and the beginning of 1776, while Joseph Haydn was occupied in transforming his music for Collé’s comedy into a symphony for concert performance, Karl Wahr was enjoying enormous success with his theatrical entertainments in the ballroom at the theatre in Salzburg. It was there, on 3 January 1776, that Thamos, King of Egypt was staged, a heroic drama whose choruses, musicologists now believe, were composed by none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; for this Salzburg performance he also composed four instrumental entractes (recorded for this disc) as well as a melodrama and a Don Giovanni-esque descent into hell. Christian Moritz-Bauer (extr.)

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Kammerorchester Basel & Riccardo Minasi – Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Riccardo Minasi – Porpora: Il verbo in carne (Christmas Oratorio) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:45 minutes | 708 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

A new album based on the work of Neapolitan composer Nicola Porpora, so rarely recorded, is an exceptional event: here is the 1747 Christmas oratorio Il Verbo in carne (“Verb in the flesh”). One of the unique aspects here is how the birth of Christ is presented philosophically and allegorically, far removed from traditional nativity oratorios’ texts that borrow almost exactly from the Bible. Instead, four virtues are introduced in turn: humanity, justice, peace, and truth. The form remains rooted in the genre’s tradition, alternating between recitatives (dry for some, accompanied by an orchestra for others), arias and choruses. As always with Porpora, each number is particularly demanding, both in terms of expressivity and vocal virtuosity, breathtaking at times! The pre-classic orchestra relies on chords, a few wind instruments (flutes, bassoons, horns, the norm at the time, but the absence of the oboe, the trumpets and the timpani for the most striking moments is worth noting; maybe they weren’t available to Porpora at the time) and of course the continuous bass. The Basel Chamber Orchestra, led by Riccardo Minasi, lays a perfect foundation for the excellent panel of singers.

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Kammerorchester Basel & Giovanni Antonini – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Giovanni Antonini – Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:01:35 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Vollendung des Beethoven-Zyklus’: Nach den von der Presse hochgelobten »sensationellen Aufnahmen« (NDR) der Sinfonien 1 bis 8 erscheint jetzt die weltberühmte Sinfonie Nr. 9. in d-moll, die Beethoven zwischen 1817 und 1824 komponierte. Auch in dieser Aufnahme beweist der charismatische Giovanni Antonini sowie das vielfach preisgekrönte Kammerorchester Basel, welches sowohl in historischer Aufführungspraxis als auch mit modernen Instrumenten musiziert, wie spektakulär neu Beethoven klingen kann. Die mitreißende, vor musikalischer Energie geradezu sprühende Interpretation besticht durch eine atemberaubende Klarheit sowie pointierte Präzision. Das Orchester spielt einen ungemein schlanken Beethoven, der den Blick auf schonungslose Kontraste freilegt. Dabei erreicht Antonini eine einzigartige Prägnanz im Klang. Die Sinfonie schließt im effektvollen und mitreißenden Schlusssatz mit der 1785 von Friedrich Schiller geschriebenen »Ode An die Freude«, bei dieser Aufnahme hervorragend gesungen vom Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, der Schweizer Sopranistin Regula Mühlemann, der Mezzosopranistin Marie-Claude Chappuis, dem Tenor Maximilian Schmitt sowie dem Bariton Thomas E. Bauer.

“Eine der aufregendsten Beethoveneinspielungen unserer Tage.” (Rondo).

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Kammerorchester Basel & Giovanni Antonini – Haydn 2032, Vol. 6: Lamentatione (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Giovanni Antonini – Haydn 2032, Vol. 6: Lamentatione (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:06:58 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha Classics / Outhere Music

The year 2017 was a vintage one for Giovanni Antonini: he was awarded an Echo Klassik, two Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or of the Year for his recent releases. Two of these prizes distinguished Il Distratto, volume 4 of the complete recording of the Haydn symphonies on which he embarked for Alpha in 2014. For the sixth volume, released in 2018, the Milanese conductor is again joined by the Kammerorchester Basel, which shares the project with Il Giardino Armonico and which he knows very well, since he conducts it regularly and they have made many recordings together, including volume 5 of the Haydn series. This volume focuses on symphonies with a ‘sacred’ inspiration: the Symphony No.26, ‘Lamentatione’, was composed in 1768 for Holy Week, and no.30 was nicknamed ‘Alleluja’ after the plainchant melody Haydn uses in it. Symphony No.41 was written in 1769.

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Kammerorchester Basel & Julia Schroder – Mozart, Holzbauer & Pleyel: Sinfonia Concertante (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kammerorchester Basel & Julia Schröder – Mozart, Holzbauer & Pleyel: Sinfonia Concertante (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:33 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

There was hardly a music genre more popular at the height of the Classical period than the Sinfonia Concertante. An entirely new concert experience resulted from a combination of a straightforward orchestral setting and brilliant playing by soloists as well as blending elements of the symphony, solo concerto and divertimento. Composers did not score works for individual soloists only, but also created a symphonic genre with as many as nine solo instruments. Under the baton of Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, the Kammerorchester Basel – one of the best chamber orchestras in Europe and three-time winners of the ECHO Klassik Award – has recorded three of the most interesting and varied works of this genre. The Sinfonia Concertante in F major by the Haydn pupil and Strasbourg cathedral Kapellmeister Ignaz Josef Pleyel (1757–1831) is impressive not only due to the number of solo instruments but also because of its wonderfully refined orchestral accompaniment. The Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major by Mannheim court composer Ignaz Holzbauer (1711–1783) is recorded by a first-rate orchestra here for the first time. A further highlight is the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K 297b, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) as reconstructed by Robert Levin.

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