Gustav Leonhardt, a monumental figure in the music world passed away on Jan. 16 at age 83. Many know Leonhardt as a master harpsichordist and organist. He was also a leading expert in the field of performance practice; in layman’s terms, that’s performing music on the instruments for which it was written.
This may seem common now, but 50 years ago, Leonhardt shook the musical world and paved the way for today’s historically-informed performances. In addition to his teaching and virtuoso keyboard skills, he was also a brilliant conductor and lover of choral music.
Leonhardt left us a treasure trove of essential recordings, which remain vibrantly fresh today. On the Choral Mix, we honor the musical legacy of the great Gustav Leonhardt with a choral retrospective. We will miss his music making, but are ever so grateful to have access to all the wonderful recordings he left behind.
Biber /Steffani/ Biber: Requiem à 15; Steffani: Stabat Mater/ Koor and Barokokest van de Nederlandse Bachvereiniging, Gustav Leonhardt
Bach/ Mass B Minor/ Netherlands Bach Society Collegium Musicum and La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt
Et incarnatus est
Steffani/ Biber: Requiem à 15; Steffani: Stabat Mater/ Koor and Barokokest van de Nederlandse Bachvereiniging, Gustav Leonhardt
Quando corpus morietur
Bach/ St Matthew:Passion/ Tolzer Knabenchor and La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt
Aria: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
Sind blitze, sind Donner
Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht
Wir setzen uns
Monteverdi/ Vespers for the feast of St John the Baptist/ Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Monteverdi Ensemble Amsterdam, Gustav Leonhardt