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The BIS Editions

From the very beginning, one aim of BIS has been to offer music-lovers not only the highlights of a handful of composers, but as full a picture as possible. As a result, the label's catalogue now includes a number of more or less comprehensive collections of works by a wide range of composers. These range from the monumental SIBELIUS EDITION, consisting of 68 discs with all the music that the composer ever wrote, to the complete keyboard music by Joseph Martin Kraus(1756-1792), fitting comfortably on a single disc. A selection of these collections is presented here.



The Sibelius Edition

The Sibelius Edition

68 discs in 13 thematic boxes containing all the music Jean Sibelius ever wrote, from the symphonies and tone poems to choral works, chamber music and the smallest piano piece.

“Sibelius’s known output over 80 hours and 30 minutes: an edition which gives voice to his music as surely as that music gave voice to a nation.” International Record Review
"Les treize volumes sont de ces entreprises qui honorent l'histoire du disque... Le soin éditorial est remarquable." Diapason
"A landmark in the composer's discography" Special Achievement Award in 2011 at the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA)

J.S. Bach: Cantatas

J.S. Bach: Cantatas
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki

Begun in 1995, this series was initially greeted with incredulity – a complete cantata cycle recorded with Japanese performers in Japan? Already by the first instalments, however, reviewers were impressed by the performances as well as the interpretations, and as the final volume was released, in November 2013, the series was established as one of the most highly praised of all similar cycles.

"Genau so stellt man sich eine Bach-Interpretation vor." Fono Forum
"Un'integrale che può essere considerata un punto di riferimento per l'equilibrio globale, l'aderenza stilistica, lo splendore timbrico" Musica
"With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat..." International Record Review
"Qu'il danse un menuet, s'interroge, rassure, se repose dans une atmosphère pastorale ou se tende sous le coup d'inflexibles rythmes pointés, le Bach de Suzuki a toujours le ton et le geste justes." Le Monde de la Musique


Orchestral Music

Schnittke Edition

25 titles to date with music by Alfred Schnittke, including his ten symphonies (Nos 0-9;  also available as a box set with 6 discs), other orchestral music and chamber works.

“You can never have too much Schnittke, and with such excellent performances and recordings as these you can save yourself ever again needing to look out those scratchy old Melodiya LPs" MusicWeb International

 

Grieg - Complete Orchestral Music

Performed by Grieg's 'own' orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud. The series includes a 2-disc set with a concert version of Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt with Grieg’s complete incidental music.
Box set version of 8 CDs - also available as single Hybrid SACDs.

"Prend sans grand peine la tête de la discographie." Diapason
"Ungemein spannende und authentische Aufnahmen. So unverkitscht hört man Grieg nur ganz selten.“ Pizzicato
"A collection no library should be without. Performances and recordings are all state of the art." MusicWeb International

 

Mendelssohn - Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies and Concertos

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton
Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Lev Markiz
Ronald Brautigam, piano & Isabelle van Keulen, violin
Box set of 11 CDs - all of them also available separately

“An eloquent guide to Mendelssohn’s orchestral world.” BBC Music Magazine

 

Beethoven - The Symphonies

Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä
Box set with 5 SACDs - all of them also available separately

"Unquestionably one of the great Beethoven cycles ... and the sonics are uniformly stunning." ClassicsToday.com
"La grande intégrale Beethoven des années 2000, au même titre que le fut Harnoncourt pour les années 80 et Barenboïm dans les années 90." ClassicsTodayFrance.com
"Eine Beethoven-Interpretation … die nicht nur mit einem erstklassigen Orchesterspiel, einem fabelhaften Klang und einer dynamischen Bandbreite glänzen kann, die ihresgleichen sucht." klassik.com

 

CPE Bach - Complete Keyboard Concertos

Miklós Spányi performs the concertos for keyboard by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on harpsichord, tangent piano and fortepiano, accompanied by the period orchestras Concerto Armonico and Opus X. The series includes 64 works, composed over a period of fifty-five years (1733-88).
20 CDs

"A unique monument to one of the 18th century's most underrated composers... Could Bach have hoped for more?" Gramophone
"This series of the complete harpsichord concerti of C.P.E. Bach is one of the most important and monumental recording projects of the century so far... it is a whole planet of delights and amazing discoveries." MusicWeb International
"Miklós Spányis Einspielung von Carl Philipp Emmanuels Bachs Clavierkonzerten und Soloclaviermusik wird in der Schallplattengeschichte mit vollem Recht einmal einen Platz als epochale Leistung erhalten." Klassik Heute.de

 

Villa-Lobos - Complete Choros and Bachianas Brasileiras

Recorded by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Neschling and Roberto Minczuk
Box set of 7 CDs (incl. one CD with the complete music for solo guitar) - all of them also available separately

“These are the defining contemporary performances of the Brazilian master’s most important cycles… you could not make a better Villa-Lobos investment.” Fanfare
“Ce coffret est un jalon essentiel et incontournable de la musique du XXe siècle..." ResMusica.com

 

Russian Symphonists

Six box sets with the symphonies by Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Tcherepnin and Tchaikovsky - all discs also available separately



Piano / Vocal / Chamber Music

CPE Bach - Complete Solo Keyboard Music (ongoing)

When completed, this series will include some 35 discs with sonatas, character pieces, fantasias, variations etc, performed by Miklós Spányi on the clavichord, tangent piano and fortepiano.

"Miklós Spányis Einspielung von Carl Philipp Emmanuels Bachs Clavierkonzerten und Soloclaviermusik wird in der Schallplattengeschichte mit vollem Recht einmal einen Platz als epochale Leistung erhalten." Klassik Heute.de
 "I have each disc in the series, and I've found that every one of them contains an hour or more of pure enjoyment... This is, in my opinion, one of the finest series that Bis has recorded..." MusicWeb International

 

Haydn - Complete Solo Keyboard Music

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

Box set of 15 discs - also available as separate discs

"If you want Haydn's complete keyboard works in performances that totally embrace the composer's surprises, emotional highs and lows and technical demands, nothing holds the candle to fortepianist Ronald Brautigam's cycle." Gramophone
"There is no other collection of the complete Haydn keyboard music that comes anywhere close to this one. Ronald Brautigam plays all of this music, even the early divertimento-sonatas, as if it truly matters, with excitement and real panache." ClassicsToday.com

 

Mozart - Complete Solo Keyboard Music

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

Box set of 10 discs - also available as separate discs

"Si vous aimez le pianoforte et Mozart, ce coffret est un must." ClassicsToday France
"Der ideale Einstieg in Mozarts Kosmos der Klaviersonaten. Mit dem Hammerklavier können alle Details und vor allem die Balance zwischen den Einzelstimmen sehr gut dargestellt werden. Und Brautigam weiß dies durch eine brillante Technik hervorragend umzusetzen." klassik.com
"I recommend this superb box to anyone looking for a set of Mozart sonatas without even entering into the ancient and modern instrument debate." MusicWeb International

 

Beethoven - Complete Solo Piano Music

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

The sonatas, variations, bagatelles and other piano pieces performed on the fortepiano in a projected 16-disc series.

"This is a Beethoven cycle which challenges one's preconceptions and which will surely be a bench-mark for the future, for performances both on modern and authentic instruments." International Record Review
"Fast hat man dabei das Gefühl, Beethovens Zeitgenosse zu sein, einer der ersten, maßlos erstaunten, wenn nicht empörten Hörer dieser Musik." Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

Grieg - Complete Songs

Box set, with 7 CDs - also available as single discs

Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano;
Roger Vignoles, Ilmo Ranta & Love Derwinger, piano

"Une intégrale sans réelle concurrence et pleine de surprises." Diapason
"Monica Groop... darf als denkbar geeignete Sängerin von Edvard Griegs Liedern gelten... das 183-seitige Booklet... komplettiert den exzellenten Gesamteindruck dieses in jeder Hinsicht gelungen Zyklus." klassik.com

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