Program: #13-28 Air Date: Jul 08, 2013
In 1947, German musicologist Fred Hamel made the first recording on the Deutsche Grammophon imprint newly dedicated to the idea of early music. For the next three weeks, we will celebrate the new 55-CD boxed set including many indispensable recording issued on CD for the first time. This week, Bach, chant, and Safford Cape.
And the music they recorded represents some of the best, both in terms of repertoire and listening experience, that there has ever been, all the way from Gregorian Chant to Beethoven. This set includes some rediscoveries, such as Harnoncourt's Muffat and Biber, and new musical experiences like the Brandenburg Concertos with August Wenzinger.
The box is as simple and as striking as it could be: in gleaming silver with the large blue Archiv logo embossed on all sides. A large onsert on the top and back of the box details contents and is illustrated with a packshot showing contents. This is an original-cover box, starting with the austere yellow covers of the 1940s and 1950s gradually giving way to the great historical illustrations and images that featured up to the 1990s, when artists at last began to make an appearance (there were no artist photos in the 1950s!)
The 180-page full-color book in an arresting oblong format has articles by journalist Nicholas Anderson and "memoirs" by former directors of Archiv Prof. Andrewas Holschneider and Dr. Peter Czornyj, and Executive Producer Marita Prohmann. The book features many rare photos from Archiv recording sessions as well as other memorabilia.
J. S. Bach