Artaria Editions is working closely with Naxos on a major historical series devoted to the eighteenth-century symphony and concerto, as well as select chamber music works.
The middle decades of the eighteenth century witnessed not only a sweeping revolution in musical style, from the Baroque to the Classical, 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, this fascinating 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 seldom hear much.
Dittersdorf, Kraus, Mozart, Carl Stamitz, Vanhal
Among the composers who figure prominently in the early volumes are several who rank among the most influential contemporaries of Joseph Haydn:
A host of other lesser-known composers is also involved, as well as rarely heard works by famous composers. Here are selected titles to illustrate the range:
The driving 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 of Naxos. Named after Haydn's Viennese publisher, Artaria, the principal role of its contemporary incarnation 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.
Naxos 18th Century Classics Catalogue
Naxos Laureate Series Catalogue