Gustav Leonhardt

Gustav Leonhardt: The Edition

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This 15-disc Sony compilation, Gustav Leonhardt: The Edition, originally released in 2008, was reissued in 2012 in recognition of Leonhardt's death on January 16 of that year. Leonhardt was so remarkably prolific in so many fields -- as a harpsichordist, organist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, chamber musician (not to mention his activities as a scholar and teacher) -- with a recording career lasting half a century, that this large set barely scratches the surface of his phenomenal output, which consists of more than 180 recordings. It does, however, offer an enticing representative sampling of the range of Leonhardt's work. The bulk of it is devoted to the harpsichord, mostly solos, but also concertos, chamber music, and continuo performances. The work of J.S. Bach is, appropriately, featured on a third of the discs, but the music of other composers, nationalities, and eras are also well represented, ranging from relatively obscure Renaissance and Baroque organ music from England, Germany, and the Netherlands to Telemann quartets for flute, violin, gamba, and harpsichord. If any area is under represented, it is his work as a conductor, with a single disc of Bach cantatas included. Leonhardt's legendarily impeccable technique and attention to detail scarcely need to be mentioned; the quality that's most immediately evident in these performances is the vitality of his imagination and the high energy of his execution. The recordings, made for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Vivarte, Seon, and Sony, date from the 1960s to the 1990s and the sound is very fine throughout. The consistency is due to the fact that so many were made under the supervision of Wolf Erichson, a longtime collaborator with Leonhardt. This set makes an excellent introduction to Leonhardt's significant legacy, and should tempt listeners to dig even deeper into his discography.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
1 02:29 Amazon
2 01:33 Amazon
3 01:04 Amazon
4 00:59 Amazon
5 00:34 Amazon
6 00:59 Amazon
7 00:59 Amazon
8 01:03 Amazon
9 01:17 Amazon
10 01:10 Amazon
11 00:52 Amazon
12 01:24 Amazon
13 01:53 Amazon
14 02:39 Amazon
15 01:20 Amazon
16 02:52 Amazon
17 01:26 Amazon
18 01:02 Amazon
19 00:43 Amazon
20 00:59 Amazon
21 01:15 Amazon
22 01:56 Amazon
23 00:46 Amazon
24 01:19 Amazon
25 01:55 Amazon
26 04:09 Amazon
27 01:13 Amazon
28 00:57 Amazon
29 01:32 Amazon
30 01:10 Amazon
31 01:07 Amazon
32 02:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 14:56 Amazon
2 02:54 Amazon
3 05:29 Amazon
4 04:18 Amazon
5 01:40 Amazon
6 01:47 Amazon
7 01:39 Amazon
8 01:45 Amazon
9 02:58 Amazon
10 01:13 Amazon
11 01:51 Amazon
12 01:21 Amazon
13 01:38 Amazon
14 01:56 Amazon
15 06:00 Amazon
16 04:40 Amazon
17 04:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:07 Amazon
2 01:01 Amazon
3 02:38 Amazon
4 01:26 Amazon
5
02:43 Amazon
6
00:45 Amazon
7
01:12 Amazon
8 02:28 Amazon
9 01:12 Amazon
10 05:33 Amazon
11 01:49 Amazon
12 04:19 Amazon
13 02:45 Amazon
14 05:48 Amazon
15 01:29 Amazon
16 02:20 Amazon
17 01:12 Amazon
18 03:11 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 07:03 Amazon
Suite for harpsichord No. 1 in C minor
2 02:16 Amazon
3 01:01 Amazon
4 01:54 Amazon
5 01:29 Amazon
6 04:57 Amazon
7 08:21 Amazon
Overture in D major, for keyboard
8 04:09 Amazon
9 01:43 Amazon
10 02:32 Amazon
11 01:44 Amazon
12 01:09 Amazon
13 03:42 Amazon
Suite for harpsichord No. 8 in F minor
14 02:43 Amazon
15 01:06 Amazon
16 01:26 Amazon
17 02:31 Amazon
18 05:13 Amazon
Suite for harpsichord No. 6 in E flat major
19 03:10 Amazon
20 01:33 Amazon
21 01:37 Amazon
22 01:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 07:10 Amazon
2 03:23 Amazon
3 01:19 Amazon
4 03:04 Amazon
5 01:54 Amazon
6 01:51 Amazon
7 03:29 Amazon
8 02:58 Amazon
9 01:27 Amazon
10 01:21 Amazon
11 03:31 Amazon
12 06:57 Amazon
13 02:42 Amazon
14 04:03 Amazon
15 01:11 Amazon
16 01:24 Amazon
17 00:45 Amazon
18 00:58 Amazon
Chaconne for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 80)
19 02:45 Amazon
20 05:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:11 Amazon
2 01:27 Amazon
3 05:30 Amazon
4 01:48 Amazon
5 02:49 Amazon
6 02:26 Amazon
7 06:12 Amazon
Suite for harpsichord No. 5 in F major
8 01:15 Amazon
9 03:05 Amazon
10 01:30 Amazon
11 00:55 Amazon
12 03:59 Amazon
13 04:51 Amazon
14 02:53 Amazon
15 04:05 Amazon
16 05:25 Amazon
17 03:27 Amazon
18 03:55 Amazon
Pièces de Clavecin, for harpsichord, Book 2
19 03:50 Amazon
20 02:33 Amazon
21 05:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cantata No. 27, "Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende!" BWV 27 (BC A138)
1 04:59 Amazon
2 00:53 Amazon
3 05:52 Amazon
4 00:51 Amazon
5 03:32 Amazon
6 01:16 Amazon
Cantata No. 34, "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe," BWV 34 (BC A84)
7 08:22 Amazon
8 00:43 Amazon
9 05:49 Amazon
10 00:35 Amazon
11 02:29 Amazon
Cantata No. 41, "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset," BWV 41 (BC A22)
12 08:54 Amazon
13 07:17 Amazon
14 01:02 Amazon
15 08:49 Amazon
16 00:56 Amazon
17 02:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 13

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor, Op. 5/7
1 02:13 Amazon
2 02:54 Amazon
3 01:47 Amazon
4 02:33 Amazon
Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, Op. 5/8
5 02:44 Amazon
6 02:11 Amazon
7 01:54 Amazon
8 02:13 Amazon
Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 5/9
9 03:25 Amazon
10 02:14 Amazon
11 00:29 Amazon
12 02:42 Amazon
Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/10
13 01:51 Amazon
14 01:50 Amazon
15 02:07 Amazon
16 00:40 Amazon
17 02:31 Amazon
Sonata for violin & continuo in E major, Op. 5/11
18 01:44 Amazon
19 02:40 Amazon
20 02:19 Amazon
21 00:46 Amazon
22 09:32 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 15

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo in G major No. 1 (Paris Quartets No. 1), TWV 43:G1
1 02:41 Amazon
2 00:35 Amazon
3 02:18 Amazon
4 00:35 Amazon
5 03:48 Amazon
Concerto for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo in D major No. 2 (Paris Quartets No. 2), TWV 43:D1
6 03:26 Amazon
7 03:49 Amazon
8 03:57 Amazon
Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo No. 1 in A major (Paris Quartets No. 3), TWV 43:A1
9 03:26 Amazon
10 02:18 Amazon
11 03:54 Amazon
12 02:25 Amazon
Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo No. 2 in G minor (Paris Quartet No. 4), TWV 43:g1
13 03:15 Amazon
14 02:38 Amazon
15 03:26 Amazon
16 02:41 Amazon
Suite (Quartet), for violin, flute, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo No. 1 in E minor (Paris Quartets No. 5), TWV 43:e1
17 01:27 Amazon
18 02:27 Amazon
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Air
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20 02:29 Amazon
21 05:55 Amazon
22 02:42 Amazon
Suite (Quartet), for flute, violin, viola da gamba (or cello) & continuo No. 2 in B minor (Paris Quartet No. 6), TWV 43:h1
23 01:17 Amazon
24 02:37 Amazon
25 01:59 Amazon
26 02:11 Amazon
27 02:22 Amazon
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