Music For A King – Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great

Ashley Solomon, Florilegium

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

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

Tracklist

1.
Ricercar a 3 from Musical Offering BWV 1079
05:53
2.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 1 - Allegro ma non tanto
03:36
3.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 2 - Affetuoso
03:22
4.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 3 - Vivace
03:34
5.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 1 - Largo
03:32
6.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 2 - Poco allegro
05:15
7.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
05:27
8.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 1 - Amabile
04:05
9.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 2 - Allegro non tanto
05:11
10.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 3 - Allegro alla Siciliano
05:50
11.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
05:42
12.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
04:49
13.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 3 - Cantabile
03:45
14.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
03:07
15.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
05:59
16.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 3 - Untitled
05:15
17.
Andantino con VII Variazioni in G major op. 17
14:21
18.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 1 - Andante
01:47
19.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 2 - Allegro
04:04
20.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
03:04

Total time: 01:37:38

Additional information

Label

SKU

41819

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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

Original Recording Format

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

Release Date March 29, 2019

Press reviews

Scherzo

(…) Solomon plays with articulatory detail, great sound beauty and good phrasing in an interesting Müthel and in a nice duet of his friend C.P.E Bach. The flutist shows complete stylistic communion with the violin of Bojan Cicic: they never break down the gesture or take big risks, but everything is where it should be, thus placing the versions in a very English point of beauty, elegance (…)

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.

Algemeen Dagblad

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

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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