May 08, 2013

Pioneers of Early Music: Music of Old Cities and Royal Courts

In the legendary series "REFLEXE - Stationen Europäischer Musik", EMI Germany published recordings of Early Music between 1972 and 1983, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Classical era.

Each recording in the series focused on a particular composer or group of works, or a particular place or period. The idea per se wasn't new: Producer Gerd Berg himself had already tried it out with the series Musik in alten Städten und Residenzen (Music of old Cities and Royal Courts) in the 1960's, which is now being re-released for the first time in a single box set.

We find artists here for whom this repertoire must have been nothing short of experimental at the time: the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, or opera stars like Pilar Lorengar und Teresa Zylis-Gara. In addition, there are singers like Theo Altmeyer and the great Fritz Wunderlich – the latter, now a little-known fact, actually one of the first singers to be accompanied on original instruments.

The recordings in this box are delightful documents of their time, not least because quite a few of the pieces heard on these discs are not otherwise available at the moment.

 

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