L'Oiseau: The Baroque Era (Lyre Edition) Box set, Limited Edition
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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.
Academy of Ancient Music • Christopher Hogwood
BOYCE Eight Symphonys, op.2
BLOW Venus and Adonis
Catherine Bott • Libby Crabtree • Michael George
Choristers of Westminster Abbey Choir • New London Consort • Philip Pickett
PURCELL Theatre Music
Joy Roberts • Hogwood
PURCELL The Indian Queen
John Mark Ainsley • Emma Kirkby • David Thomas • Gerald Finlay • Catherine Bott
PURCELL • BLOW • LOCKE Songs from the Restoration Theatre
HANDEL Water and Fireworks Music
HANDEL Concerto grossi, op. 6
Handel & Haydn Society • Hogwood
HANDEL • ARNE • LAMPE Arias
Kirkby • Hogwood
HANDEL Italian Cantatas • The Alchemist • English Songs
Emma Kirkby • Judith Nelson • David Thomas • Partizia Kwella
Nelson • Kirkby • Carolyn Watkinson • Paul Elliott • Thomas
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford • Simon Preston • Hogwood
HANDEL La Resurrezione
Kirkby • Kwella • Watkinson • Ian Partridge • Thomas
James Bowman • Arleen Auger • Catherine Robbin • Kirkby • Thomas
J.S BACH Goldberg Variations
J.S BACH Brandenburg Concertos
J.S BACH Concertos for 3 and 4 Harpsichords
J.S BACH Sacred Cantatas
Julianne Baird • Allan Fast • Frank Kelly • Jan Opalach
The Bach Ensemble • Joshua Rifkin
J.S BACH Coffee and Peasant Cantatas
Kirkby • Thomas • Rogers Covey-Crump
C.P.E BACH String Symphonies
J.C BACH Overtures
TELEMANN Double and Triple Concertos
BIBER Requiem • String Sonatas
COUPERIN • MONTÉCLAIR • FORQUERAY • LECLAIR • MARAIS Musique pour la chamber du Roy
Nelson • Hogwood
REBEL • DESTOUCHES Les Elémens • Les Eléments
ROYER Pièces de clavecin
Les Talens Lyriques • Rousset
COUPERIN Trois Leçons de ténèbres
Nelson • Kirkby • Jane Ryan • Hogwood
ALBINONI 12 Concertos, op. 9
Martyn Hill • Robert Spencer • Trevor Jones • Hogwood
GEMINIANI Concerti grossi, op.3
Jaap Schröder • Catherine Mackintosh • Trevor Jones • Anthony Pleeth
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater • Salve Regina
Kirkby • Bowman, Hogwood
A. SCARLATTI Sinfonie & Harpsichord Concertos
Accademia Bizantina • Ottavio Dantone
D. SCARLATTI Harpsichord Sonatas
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
VIVALDI Stabat Mater • Nisi Dominus
Bowman • Hogwood
VIVALDI Cello Concertos & Sonatas
Christophe Coin • Hogwood
VIVALDI Violin Concertos op. 6
Andrew Manze • Hogwood
VIVALDI Oboe Concertos
Stephen Hammer • Frank de Bruine • Hogwood
VIVALDI [+ J.S BACH] Gloria • [+ Magnificat]
Kirkby • Nelson • Watkinson • Elliott • Thomas
The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
CORELLI • TORELLI • J.S BACH • HANDEL • GOSSEC WERNER • VEJVANOVSKY Christmas Concertos
The Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
HEINICHEN • SCHICIKHARDT • TELEMANN • MARCELLO • VIVALDI Concerto di flauti Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
VIVALDI • FERRANDINI • CONTI • PISENDEL Il Pianto di Maria
Il Giardino Armonico • Giovanni Antonini
Further sets will be The Classical Era and Medieval & Renaissance.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm slowly working my way through these discs and thoroughly enjoying them. it is good to be re-hearing performances that I had on vinyl years ago and even better to be hearing... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert C. Leeson
Huge collection at a very attractive price. First rate recordings by Baroque Era specialists on authentic period instruments. Every disc is a gem.Published 17 months ago by Ian K. Lowry
briiliant. lots of new music to me. excellent playing and good sound. couldn't be betterPublished 17 months ago by A. F. B. Pearce
Spectacular ... if you're into Baroque, this is the box set to buy !!!Published 19 months ago by colb-aus
Superb collection of mainly "vintage" recordings (I e pre 21st century), but none the worse for that! Read morePublished 23 months ago by D Parkinson
I agree with Arneau's review. I very rarely write reviews but I had to in this case
The collection looks great. Play it and its another story. Read more