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Concentus Musicus Wien (CMW) is an Austrian baroque music ensemble based in Vienna. The CMW is recognised as being a progenitor of the period-instrument performance movement.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Alice Harnoncourt co-founded the CMW in 1953, along with several musicians from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The CMW did research and rehearsal for 4 years before their first official concert, although the ensemble did make its 'unofficial' debut at the Konzerthaus, Vienna in 1954 in a production of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo. The CMW's first public concert was in May 1957 at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna. The CMW gave a regular concert series at the Schwarzenberg Palace from 1958 to 1962. The CMW made its formal debut in the Mozart-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus in February 1962, and performed concerts regularly there until 1971. The CMW performed its first opera production at the 1971 Wiener Festwochen in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. The CMW's first concert at the Musikverein, Vienna, was in 1973. The orchestra has continued to perform regularly at the Musikverein since then. Nikolaus Harnoncourt directed the ensemble from the cello until 1987, and has continued to lead the CMW as its conductor and artistic director.

The CMW has performed at European music festivals in such cities as Salzburg and Lucerne, as well as the Styriate Festival in Graz which Harnoncourt founded. The CMW first toured North America in 1966, including its Boston debut for the Peabody Mason Concert series,. Subsequent American tours followed in 1968 and in 1971.

The CMW made their first recording in 1962, of music for viols by Henry Purcell, for the Telefunken label. This recording began a long recording relationship with Telefunken, later Teldec, that continued into the 1990s. Among the CMW's recording projects with Telefunken and Teldec were the complete cycle of cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, over the period from 1972 to 1990, recorded by the CMW and Harnoncourt, as well as Gustav Leonhardt and the Leonhardt-Consort. In addition to their long series of recordings for Telefunken and Teldec, the CMW has made commercial recordings for other labels such as Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 Geistliche Kantaten BWV 61 - 63 Johann Sebastian Bach; Concentus Musicus Wien 2
1982 Requiem Mozart; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 3
1984 Le Quattro Stagioni Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alice Harnoncourt 2
1987 Rameau: Castor et Pollux Jean-Philippe Rameau;Stockholm Kammerkören, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1989 Musique de Table Georg Philipp Telemann; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
1990 Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell; Arnold Schönberg Choir, Concentus Musicus Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
1993 Vespro della beata Vergine Claudio Monteverdi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1993 Vespro della Beata Vergine Claudio Monteverdi; Hansmann, Jacobeit, Rogers, van t'Hoff, Egmond, Villisech, Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Concentus Musicus Wien, Jürgen Jürgens 1
1994 Water Music / Organ Concertos George Frideric Handel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien & Herbert Tachezi 1
1997 Symphonies nos. 6 - 8 Joseph Haydn; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1999 Muffat: Suite Indissolubilis Amicitia / Concerto Bona nova / Biber: Sonata a 6 "called Peasants' Church-going" / Sonata a 2 violini, trombone, violone / Sonata VIII / Battalia a 10 Georg Muffat, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2000 Clarinet Concerto / Oboe Concerto / Concerto for Flute & Harp Mozart; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
2004 Requiem Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Christine Schäfer, Bernarda Fink, Kurt Streit, Gerald Finley, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2007 Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christian Schäfer, Bernarda Fink, Werner Güra, Gerald Finley, Christian Gerhaher, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2008 4 Orchestral Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
Händel: Apollo e Dafne / Telemann: Ino Händel, Telemann; Roberta Alexander, Thomas Hampson, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione: Concerti, Op. 8, No. 7-12 Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
Instrumental Music of the Year 1600 Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien 1
The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alice Harnoncourt 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Le Quattro Stagioni / Concerti Compilation Antonio Vivaldi; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1999 Complete Sacred Works Compilation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
2006 Early Symphonies, Volume 2 Compilation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2006 Early Symphonies Compilation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2012 Vienne à la cour de Léopold Ier Compilation Concentus Musicus Wien 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Messiah Live George Frideric Handel; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christine Schäfer, Michael Schade, Anna Larsson, Gerald Finley, Arnold Schönberg Chor 1
2009 Die Jahreszeiten Live Joseph Haydn; Genia Kühmeier, Werner Güra, Christian Gerhaher, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Bach: Famous Choruses Concentus Musicus Wien 1

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