Month: November 2010

New In the Recordings Collection (November 2010)

Handel Cantatas on Glossa

Handel, Cantate Italiane, vol. 1, CD 37786

Handel, Cantate Italiane, vol. 1, CD 37786

We recently acquired the first 6 volumes in a wonderful series of Handel’s Italian cantatas on the Spanish Glossa label. These early works were written between 1706 and 1710 and contain a wealth of musical material that the composer would draw on later for his operas. Fabio Bonizzoni leads La Risonanza with vocal soloists including Roberta Invernizzi, Romina Basso, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Nuria Rial, Emanuela Galli, Raffaella Milanesi and Salvo Vitale.

Find them here: Loeb Music Library CD 37786-37791.

Ken Vandermark… Resonance


Ken Vandermark. Resonance, AC 36775
Ken Vandermark. Resonance, AC 36775

A new jazz arrival is this 10-CD box set of composed and improvised music by Ken Vandermark and musicians he assembled in Poland along with Not-Two Records owner Marek Winiarski. A rich array of compositions for full ten-piece band and various small group configurations, this box highlights sets and concerts recorded in Krakow during a 6 day period in November of 2007.

Find it here: Loeb Music Library AC 36775.

Levine… 40 Years at the Met!

James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, DVD 1752-1763

James Levine at the Met, DVD 1752-1763

We just received the Met’s 21-DVD collection celebrating the career of James Levine with eleven complete operas and three concert programs recorded from 1978 to 2003. Some highlights of the set include a powerful performance of Wozzeck with Katarina Dalayman and Falk Struckmann (DVD 1753), Renata Scotto in Don Carlo and in all three Il Trittico operas (DVD 1761 and DVD 1756), and Astrid Varnay’s last appearance at the Met in Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (DVD 1762).

Find them here: Loeb Music Library DVD 1752-1763.

The Neos label…

York Höller, Sphären; Der ewige Tag, CD 37845

York Höller, Sphären; Der ewige Tag, CD 37845

In the past few months the library has acquired a number of new recordings of contemporary music on the Munich-based Neos label. These include quartets by Helmut Lachenmann (CD 37847), Wolfgang Rihm’s Vigilia (CD 37811), and CDs featuring the works of York Höller, David Philip Hefti, Jörg Widmann, Dieter Schnebel, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Find them here: recordings on the Neos label.

-Peter Laurence

Newly-Digitized Mozart First Editions

In this week’s showcase of newly-digitized scores, I’ve selected three first editions of Mozart works:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Title page, Divertimenti, K. 563, E♭ major; arr. Merritt Room Mus 745.1.230.15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Title page, Divertimenti, K. 563, E♭ major; arr. Merritt Room Mus 745.1.230.15

Grande sonate : arrangée pour le clavecin ou piano forte avec accompagnement d’un violon obligé : oeuvre 21 tiré d’un trio de W.A. Mozart (À Vienne: Artaria, [1792]), RISM M and MM 6299.

The first edition of the earliest arrangement, for piano with violin obligato, of the Divertimento for violin, viola and violoncello in E-flat major, K. 563. The autograph manuscript of K. 563, composed in September, 1788, is lost, giving first editions of the piece particular value for research.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Detail, Variationen über das Lied Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding. Merritt Room Mus 745.1.429.50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Detail, Variationen über das Lied Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding. Merritt Room Mus 745.1.429.50

Ariette: [Ein Weib ist das herlichste Ding]: avec variations pour le clavecin ou piano forte. no. [10] par W.A. Mozart (Vienne: Artaria, [1791]), RISM M7096.

The first edition, first issue of K. 613, Variationen über das Lied Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding. Between 1789 and 1795, Benedikt Schack and Franz Xaver Gerl set seven libretti by Emanuel Schickaneder for performance at the Theater auf der Weiden in Vienna. Mozart took the theme for this set of variations from Die verdeckten Sachen (September, 1789), the second of these seven Singspiels featuring the comic character Anton.1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Detail, Sonata, K. 481. Merritt Mus 745.1.369.50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Detail, Sonata, K. 481. Merritt Mus 745.1.369.50

Sonate pour le forte-piano, ou clavecin avec accompagnement d’un violon composé par Mr. Wolf. Amad. Mozart (Vienne: Hoffmeister, [1786]), RISM M6543.

The first edition, first issue of the Sonata for violin and piano in E-flat major, K. 481; the piano part is printed, while the violin part is manuscript, in an 18th-century copyist’s hand.

These scores join almost sixty other Mozart manuscripts and early editions already in the library’s collection of Digital Scores and Libretti. Later this month, we’ll be returning to opera, with vocal scores by J.C. Bach, Busoni, Cherubini, Verdi, and Zemlinksy.

-Kerry Masteller


1. Peter Branscombe. Dumme Gärtner aus dem Gebirge, Der. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Ed. Stanley Sadie. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 2 Nov. 2010. (Access restricted to Harvard affiliates)

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