Music For A King - Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great (2019)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, Franz Benda, Johann Gottfried Muthel, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Joachim Quantz, Johann Sebastian Bach

Florilegium, Ashley Solomon

Frederick the Great himself is known to have composed one hundred and twenty-one flute sonatas, four flute concertos, a symphony, various arias and an overture. These works were written in the mixed style advocated by Quantz in an attempt to blend Italian music of the senses with French music of reason. 

The King’s love of music was real and genuine, and he desired and ensured that others should enjoy it in the same way. As a performer he was probably one of the most distinguished amateurs ever. As a composer he wrote nothing eminent or really original, though some pieces exuded a certain beauty and charm.

However, this recording promotes the extraordinary talent of the musicians and composers he surrounded himself with at court, the luminaries of the 18th century, all brought together by one of the greatest musical patrons that ever lived.

- Ashley Solomon, Co-Producer & Artistic Director

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Florilegium

Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

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Music For A King - Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great (2019)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, Franz Benda, Johann Gottfried Muthel, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Joachim Quantz, Johann Sebastian Bach

Florilegium, Ashley Solomon

    Gramophone

This latest from Florilegium is such a musicological feast that it had three quarters won me over before I even pressed ‘play’. It is a wide-ranging two disc celebration of Frederick the Great’s talents as a connoisseur of music and talent-spotter of luminary-calibre musicians.

Charlotte Gardner

    Algemeen Dagblad

(...) Prachtig spel, op onder meer het niet vaak gehoorde clavichord.

Roel Sikkema

    Opus Klassiek

It is sometimes said that a lot of baroque music is alike, but this album makes it clear that not only have many paths led to the Sanssouci court of Frederick the Great but also that every composer thus represented was indeed capable of individual creativity. We know Florilegium is a top ensemble specializing in baroque music. This album is no exception. Not only is the technical side is taken care of to perfection, but there is also sparkling music. This is the baroque style performed at its best! (…) We kennen Florilegium in wisselende bezetting als een in de barokmuziek gespecialiseerd topensemble en dit album maakt daarop geen uitzondering. Niet alleen de technische kant is tot in de puntjes verzorgd, maar er wordt ook sprankelend gemusiceerd. Dit is barokstijl op zijn best!

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Music For A King - Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great (2019)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, Franz Benda, Johann Gottfried Muthel, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Joachim Quantz, Johann Sebastian Bach

Florilegium, Ashley Solomon

Amplifiers: Van Medevoort, Holland
Cables: Van den Hul 3T (exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables)
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Room: Speakers: Grimm LS-1, Cable: Van den Hul 3T (exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables)
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks, Ashley Solomon
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: St. Michael’s Highgate, November 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Ricercar a 3 from Musical Offering BWV 1079
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Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 1 - Allegro ma non tanto
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Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 1 - Largo
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Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 2 - Poco allegro
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Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
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Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 1 - Amabile
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Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 2 - Allegro non tanto
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Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 3 - Allegro alla Siciliano
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Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
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Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
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Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 3 - Cantabile
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Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
Franz Benda
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Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
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Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 3 - Untitled
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Andantino con VII Variazioni in G major op. 17
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Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 1 - Andante
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
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Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
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