The New Gustav Leonhardt Edition
Comprehensive new edition on Gustav Leonhardt, a pioneer of historical performance practice Harpsichordist and conductor Gustav Leonhardt understood the recording of his concertos as a "photograph of the history of early music at a particular moment." On the tenth anniversary of his death, Warner Classics is releasing a 35-CD reissue in honor of the pioneer of historically informed performance practice. The recordings reach back to the beginnings of scholarly early music reconstruction in the 1960s and bear witness to the influence the musicologist also had on later generations of original sound ensembles For the Telefunken series "Das Alte Werk" at the time, Gustav Leonhardt was given free rein to choose which works he wanted to record. The Dutchman put together imaginative programs of well-known classics by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell and Claudio Monteverdi, which he combined with rare gems by unknown composers such as Heinrich Albert and Nicolas de Grigny. For the realization Gustav Leonhardt inspired musicians who are considered icons today, among them the flautist Frans Brüggen, cellist Anner Bylsma and the then just founded Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Leonhardt worked for nearly two decades on the still legendary complete recording of all Bach cantatas. The two conductors divided the pieces between themselves and recorded them with their respective ensembles; some of these cantatas are also heard in the anniversary edition.