Alfred Deller: The Complete Vanguard Recordings Volume 6 — French and Italian Discoveries

The final volume of Alfred Deller’s groundbreaking recordings that helped relaunch the period instrument revival

Musical Concepts is pleased to announce the second release in one of the most ambitious early music reissue projects of all time — Alfred Deller: The Complete Vanguard Recordings. The series brings together every recording made by Alfred Deller – as solo countertenor, ensemble member of the Deller Consort, and conductor – for the legendary, enterprising Vanguard record label. These recordings created a sensation with their initial release, and have influenced and inspired three generations of music lovers, from casual listeners to the top tiers of performing artists and scholars.

Vanguard’s “Bach Guild” created a sensation starting in the mid-1970s with their revelatory recordings of British composer Henry Purcell, undertaken by the partnership of the label’s enterprising founder Seymour Solomon and countertenor Alfred Deller, whose strong affinity for Purcell’s music brought this then-rare repertoire to life and greatly intensified interest in a composer now seen as not only one of the most important British composers of all time but a Baroque firebrand whose highly original music achieves some of the highest artistic marks of the era.

Alfred Deller‘s recordings of music from the Renaissance helped lead the vanguard of the early music revival — and were among the earliest attempts to employ authentic performance practices. This sixth and final volume of Musical Concepts’ Deller edition brings together these pioneering recordings in one volume for the very first time.

  • Music of Medieval France
  • Guillaume de Machaut: Messe Notre-Dame
  • François Couperin: Leçons des Ténèbres
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande: De Profundis
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Il Ballo delle Ingrate
  • Deller’s Choice (selections)
  • Italian Songs
  • Duets for Countertenors (selections)