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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Total time: 01:37:38
Van Medevoort, Holland
Van den Hul 3T (exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables)
Horus, Merging Technologies
Speakers: Grimm LS-1, Cable: Van den Hul 3T (exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables)
Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Rens Heijnis, custom design
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Jared Sacks, Ashley Solomon
St. Michael’s Highgate, November 2018
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||March 29, 2019|
(…) 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 (…)
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.
(…) Prachtig spel, op onder meer het niet vaak gehoorde clavichord.
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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