Editions is working closely with the international recording label Naxos
on major historical series devoted to the eighteenth-century symphony
decades of the eighteenth century was a period of enormous intellectual
vitality. In musical terms it witnessed not only a sweeping stylistic
revolution but also saw the creation of new musical genres and techniques
of instrumental composition which would dominate musical thinking for
the next two centuries. Curiously, the period is still for the most part
uncharted territory to most performers and listeners; it is, after all,
only in comparatively recent times that we have even seen the complete
publication and recording of the Haydn symphonies. Of Haydn's contemporaries,
many of whom were gifted and prolific composers, we have heard virtually
nothing. All this is about to change with the launching of one the most
imaginative and comprehensive recording projects ever undertaken.
new eighteenth-century series promise to revolutionize our understanding
of this remarkable period by focussing on many of its most important representatives.
Among the composers who are to figure prominently in the early volumes
are Johann Stamitz, Carl Stamitz, Michael Haydn,
Beck, Leopold Hofmann, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Karl von Ordonez and Johann Baptist Vanhal, all of whom rank
among the most influential contemporaries of Joseph Haydn. Later volumes
will include works by Boccherini, Cannabich, Dussek, Richter, Filtz, Toeschi,
Wagenseil, Steffan, Gassmann, Salieri and a host of other composers. In
its early stages the series will concentrate primarily on the symphony
and concerto but plans are already well advanced for an extensive recording
programme of chamber music and vocal music.
force behind this immensely important historical project is the music
publishing house Artaria Editions, the brainchild of New Zealand musicologist
Dr Allan Badley and Klaus
Heymann, Managing Director of HNH International. Named after Haydn's
Viennese publisher, Artaria's principal role is to select and edit works
for recording by orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Naxos stable.
The invaluable by-product of the process is a rapidly growing catalogue
of fascinating eighteenth-century repertoire available for purchase from
the publisher in good scholarly editions with performing parts.
100 works a year to be issued by Naxos and Artaria Editions, Klaus Heymann
and Allan Badley confidently expect to create an explosion of interest
in this beautiful and civilized repertoire.