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Ensemble Diderot: The Berlin Album (24/96 FLAC)

Ensemble Diderot: The Berlin Album (24/96 FLAC)

Ensemble Diderot: The Berlin Album (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Ensemble Diderot, Johannes Pramsohler
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Audax
Release: 2020
Size: 1.53 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Benda: Trio sonata in E Major
01. I. Mezzo allegro
02. II. Larghetto
03. III. Presto

Graun: Trio sonata in A Major, GWV AvXV:15
04. I. Adagio
05. II. Allegro non troppo
06. III. Vivace. Allegro. Scherzando

Kirnberger: Trio sonata in D Minor
07. I. Andante
08. II. Allegro
09. III. Presto

10. Anna Amalia of Prussia: Fugue in D Major

Schulz: Trio sonata in A Minor
11. I. Allegretto
12. II. Adagio maestoso
13. III. Poco allegro

Graun: Trio sonata in G Major “Melancholicus & Sanguineus”, GWV AXV:11
14. I. Affettuoso
15. II. Allegro non troppo
16. III. Allegro di molto

Janitsch: Trio sonata in G Major
17. I. Andante
18. II. Allegro ma non tanto
19. III. Vivace alla lira

Following on from their critically acclaimed series, Ensemble Diderot continues its ‘city series’ – after Dresden, Paris and London now Berlin. All the works (except one) in this new recording are world premiere recordings – really exciting music. Uniquely, and some might say something rather radical for a “Berlin Album” no CPE Bach, no Quantz and no Flute! Instead on this rare selection of Trio Sonatas from Berlin, the Ensemble Diderot uses a wonderful copy of a Silbermann Fortepiano – the same as Frederick II had at the court – which gives an incredible variety of colours. When one contemplates mid eighteenth-century music from Berlin, the first thing that comes to mind is undoubtedly the flute-playing King Frederick II (“the Great”), and one asks oneself if a “Berlin” album should actually be a “Potsdam” album. The idea behind the present recording is to focus on Berlin, but without taking into account the three usually perceived musical protagonists: Frederick, his flute, and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. However, it is indeed primarily thanks to the cultural policy of the Prussian monarch that Berlin became a noteworthy musical centre. In contrast to Dresden, in Berlin music was not only made at court, but throughout the city and beyond. There were countless private venues in the capital city in which concerts were given with the participation of members of the royal chapel. Double bass player Janitsch continued the weekly concert series that he had already organised in Rheinsberg as “Friday Academies.” Chamber music in Berlin was firmly in the hands of professional musicians – the compositions they played were not mass-produced pieces, but rather substantial works that were likewise demanding in terms of technique – both violins play here on an entirely equal footing passages in seventh position that are more reminiscent of solo passages in a virtuoso violin concerto than chamber music for domestic use. All in all, Berlin, in contrast to Dresden, was a true chamber music El Dorado. Previous recordings have gained universal praise from the critics: “A dream team for this repertoire.” – Early Music Review “The Ensemble Diderot plays these works with nimble expertise and good spirit”

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