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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 50
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00IRQS24A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

This 50CD set is dedicated to L’Oiseau-Lyre’s founding commitment – the music of the Baroque. It contains a range of acclaimed, pioneering recordings that testify to the curiosity and ambition of an iconic label.

Tracklist

CD1
ARNE Overtures
Academy of Ancient Music • Christopher Hogwood

CD2
BOYCE Eight Symphonys, op.2
Hogwood

CD3
BLOW Venus and Adonis
Catherine Bott • Libby Crabtree • Michael George
Choristers of Westminster Abbey Choir • New London Consort • Philip Pickett

CD4
PURCELL Theatre Music
Joy Roberts • Hogwood

CD5
PURCELL The Indian Queen
John Mark Ainsley • Emma Kirkby • David Thomas • Gerald Finlay • Catherine Bott
Hogwood

CD6
PURCELL • BLOW • LOCKE Songs from the Restoration Theatre
Bott

CD7
HANDEL Water and Fireworks Music
Hogwood

CD 8-9
HANDEL Concerto grossi, op. 6
Handel & Haydn Society • Hogwood

CD10
HANDEL • ARNE • LAMPE Arias
Kirkby • Hogwood

CD11
HANDEL Italian Cantatas • The Alchemist • English Songs
Emma Kirkby • Judith Nelson • David Thomas • Partizia Kwella
Hogwood
CD12-13
HANDEL Messiah
Nelson • Kirkby • Carolyn Watkinson • Paul Elliott • Thomas
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford • Simon Preston • Hogwood

CD14-15
HANDEL La Resurrezione
Kirkby • Kwella • Watkinson • Ian Partridge • Thomas
Hogwood

CD16-18
HANDEL Orlando
James Bowman • Arleen Auger • Catherine Robbin • Kirkby • Thomas
Hogwood

GERMANY
CD19

J.S BACH Goldberg Variations
Christophe Rousset

CD20-21
J.S BACH Brandenburg Concertos
Pickett

CD22
J.S BACH Concertos for 3 and 4 Harpsichords
Hogwood

CD23
J.S BACH Sacred Cantatas
Julianne Baird • Allan Fast • Frank Kelly • Jan Opalach
The Bach Ensemble • Joshua Rifkin

CD24
J.S BACH Coffee and Peasant Cantatas
Kirkby • Thomas • Rogers Covey-Crump
Hogwood

CD25
C.P.E BACH String Symphonies
Hogwood

CD26
J.C BACH Overtures
Hogwood

CD27
TELEMANN Double and Triple Concertos
Hogwood

CD28
BIBER Requiem • String Sonatas
Pickett
FRANCE

CD29-30
COUPERIN • MONTÉCLAIR • FORQUERAY • LECLAIR • MARAIS Musique pour la chamber du Roy
Nelson • Hogwood

CD31
REBEL • DESTOUCHES Les Elémens • Les Eléments
Hogwood

CD32
ROYER Pièces de clavecin
Rousset

CD33
RAMEAU Ouvertures
Les Talens Lyriques • Rousset

CD34
COUPERIN Trois Leçons de ténèbres
Nelson • Kirkby • Jane Ryan • Hogwood
ITALY

CD35-36
ALBINONI 12 Concertos, op. 9
Hogwood

CD37
CARISSIMI Cantatas
Martyn Hill • Robert Spencer • Trevor Jones • Hogwood

CD38
GEMINIANI Concerti grossi, op.3
Jaap Schröder • Catherine Mackintosh • Trevor Jones • Anthony Pleeth
Hogwood

CD39
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater • Salve Regina
Kirkby • Bowman, Hogwood

CD40
A. SCARLATTI Sinfonie & Harpsichord Concertos
Accademia Bizantina • Ottavio Dantone

CD41
D. SCARLATTI Harpsichord Sonatas
Colin Tilney

CD42
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
Hogwood

CD43
VIVALDI Stabat Mater • Nisi Dominus
Bowman • Hogwood

CD44
VIVALDI Cello Concertos & Sonatas
Christophe Coin • Hogwood

CD45
VIVALDI Violin Concertos op. 6
Andrew Manze • Hogwood

CD46
VIVALDI Oboe Concertos
Stephen Hammer • Frank de Bruine • Hogwood

CD47
VIVALDI [+ J.S BACH] Gloria • [+ Magnificat]
Kirkby • Nelson • Watkinson • Elliott • Thomas
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Preston
VARIOUS

CD48
CORELLI • TORELLI • J.S BACH • HANDEL • GOSSEC WERNER • VEJVANOVSKY Christmas Concertos
The Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
Hogwood

CD49
HEINICHEN • SCHICIKHARDT • TELEMANN • MARCELLO • VIVALDI Concerto di flauti Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Hogwood

CD50
VIVALDI • FERRANDINI • CONTI • PISENDEL Il Pianto di Maria
Bernarda Fink
Il Giardino Armonico • Giovanni Antonini

Further sets will be The Classical Era and Medieval & Renaissance.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 May 2014
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This box set I highly recommend, which has mainly Hogwood directing the small orchestra of the Academy of Ancient music. Why? you may ask. For this box is a treasure chest full of gems. For example,the gently sounding Messiah, Albinoni 12 Concerto's, Op 9, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Rebel Les Elements and so forth. But before I write the details about the box and tiny reviews of the music, I shall write details about the Baroque era and the founder of L'Oiseau. The former because there might be those who do not know how it influenced music.

In music Baroque is often used to suggest little more than an ornate and rather theatrical style. This era was the age of the virtuoso such as Scarlatti. Also, composers such as Vivaldi, who were eager to put their talents in the spotlight. The Four seasons is the best example. During this period new vocal forms came into being, opera, the Cantata and the oratorio, and instrumental forms such as the Sonata and the concerto. However, most new musical ideas originated in Italy. Baroque was a sensual rather than a intellectual style with its love of movement, and richness of colour; appealing to the emotions which sums up Baroque Art.

Australian Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884-1962) founded a specialist music publishing house in Paris, she called it L' Oiseau-Lyre (after the Australian Lyre bird) in the early 1930's. A decade later followed a record company with the same name. She was a wealthy woman so she could indulge herself in her passion, with the help of her first and second Husbands, plus musicians such as Thurston Dart. She had a mania for quality at all stages of preparation and production, that was why L'Oiseau-Lyre was known for its high quality products.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fraxinus excelsior on 29 May 2014
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I'm not a musician, so if you are looking for a deep and insightful critical review, then read no further.

I bought this set to replace many of the L'Oiseau-Lyre albums I already have on vinyl. It did this admirably but in addition it also introduced me to many enjoyable works that I did not know and would not have considered buying separately.

I have heard it said that if you look at someone else's books and records, and you see titles you know and like, if you look further you will find other titles unknown to you that you may also enjoy. I feel this boxed set has been rather like that for me.

UPDATE: There was a problem with the 28th disc in the set (Biber: Requiem), with sound drop outs and a crackling noise present. Having now played through the whole box (and found all the other discs to be okay), I did not want to return the entire set to Amazon for a replacement set, which I would then have to check again over many hours - but I did want to get the single faulty disc replaced. I did this by getting in contact with Decca Classics who most kindly and commendably sent me a replacement disc by return.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2015
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Buying CDs can be an expensive business and this box set appears to be a lot to pay out in one go. But when you think about what you are getting it just works out as an absolute bargain of treasure.
Yes this is true treasure. Some of the greatest recordings on authentic instruments of all time.
The Box set includes 50 discs, If you were to pay for the discs individually it would cost far, far more.

The whole set is magnificent. The box is nicely presented as a cube shape design with great art work. There is a hinge lid that opens to reveal the 50 discs and one thick booklet full of information and pictures. Each album is housed in a card sleeve with the original art work LP cover on it. Some albums are double albums so this accounts for the 50 discs.

For me there were albums I already had in traditional CD jewel cases that I have duplicated here. But then they take up far less room in their card sleeves here in this box set and on my storage shelving. Then there are a whole load of other titles that I previously did not have. Most are now next to impossible to get on CD any other way. And these discs easily pay for themselves and the repeats,

The choices for the set are excellent too. The compilers have put together an excellent representation of the Baroque era through recordings from L'Oiseau label. It highlights the era with well known composers and less well known composers,
The Academy of Ancient Music have always been a favourite of mine. They always look for the earliest manuscripts of scores and often provide an alternative to the standard recognised versions of famous compositions and always on authentic instruments and period performances,

I have nothing but praise for this elegant set and look forward to the next planned sets Classical Era and Medieval & Renaissance.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 2 Jun. 2014
The beauty of "Goldberg Variations" played on harpsichord! The splendour of "Four Seasons" played with period instruments! I am really enjoying this set.

The box is nicer than I expected. You can see that it is a budget set but you also can see that it was done with care and elegance: the box is strong (mine fell from a chest of drawers and it was undamaged ),the box itself is nicely designed, the cover of the cds are simple but beautifully designed, there is a link to a site where you can get texts for the songs. When I first checked the link it had only texts for three cds but Decca has already fixed the website and it seems that all texts are there now.

I was a little alarmed by a reference to the quality of the sound of this set but the sound is really good. I am not an expert on the matter but there is a very good way to check the sound of a cd without using a software or the likes: Simple comparison.

I compared the sound of "Venus and Adonis" from this set with the sound of "Venus and Adonis" from the magnificent set "Baroque Opera" from Harmonia Mundi. The performances are quite different but the sound is equally good.
I liked better the slower "Venus and Adonis" from this set than the faster interpretation of the HM set but this is a matter of personal preference unrelated to sound quality.

I also compared a few other pieces from this set such as "Four Seasons" ,"Goldberg Variations" , Handel's "Orlando" with the same piece from other sets or individual cds and got the same result: Different interpretations but equally good sound.
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