Friedrich der Grosse -  Music for the Berlin Court (24/96 FLAC)
Friedrich der Grosse – Music for the Berlin Court (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 1.32 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Johann Gottlieb Graun
Ouvertüre und Allegro in A Minor, GraunWV A:XI:2:
01. I. Ouvertüre (Lento – Allegro)
02. II. Allegro

Christoph Nichelmann
Concerto per il Cembalo Concertante in D Minor, D-B M. TH. 169:
03. I. Allegro
04. II. Adagio sempre piano
05. III. Presto

Friedrich II
Sonata, per il Flauto Traverso Solo e Basso in C Minor, “pour Potsdam No. 190”:
06. I. Recitativo
07. II. Andante et Cantabile
08. III. III.

Johann Gottlieb Graun
Concerto Per Il Viola Da Gamba Concertata In A Minor, Graunwv A:XIII:14:
09. I. Allegro Moderato
10. II. Adagio (Arioso)
11. III. Allegro

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sinfonie No. 1 in D Major, Wq. 183, 1:
12. I. Allegro di molto
13. II. Largo
14. III. Presto

Music at the Court of Frederick the Great

A Tercentenary Concert on 17 October in the Sheldonian Theatre brought the musical culture at court to life in memorable renderings of works by J.S. Bach, J.J. Quantz, F. Benda, C.P.E. Bach and Frederick himself. The London Handel Players are currently the foremost ensemble performing the music from Frederick’s on period instruments. Their inspiring concert marked the musical highlight of the international tercentenary year.
Frederick established a rich musical culture at his court in Berlin and Potsdam. After ascending the throne in 1740, he immediately set in motion lavish plans for an opera house, attracting some of the finest singers of his day. At his beloved Sanssouci palace in Potsdam, inaugurated in 1747, he surrounded himself with an impressive entourage of outstanding musicians. These included various members of the Graun and Benda families, accompanist Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and the renowned flautist Johann Joachim Quantz. Flute lessons, which had previously taken place clandestinely, now became part of the daily schedule together with concerts at which Frederick reportedly played several sonatas and concertos every evening.

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