He was considered to be one of the best harpsichordists of his time and he was famous for making well known and spread- ing the art of ornamentation in Germany as well as a perfect per- forming style on this instrument.
That is the estimation Ernst Ludwig Gerber gave in his Historisch-biographisches Lexicon der Tonkünstler to Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656–1746), a composer and Kapellmeister to the Baden court.
His talent was rated extraordinarily high by his contempo- raries; Mauritius Vogt in the Conclave thesauri magnae artis musicae (published in Prague, 1719) called him ‘the most per- fect composer of our era’ (‘nostri aevi componista absolutis- simus’). It is known that J. S. Bach kept copies of Fischer’s com- positions and that this music was a source of inspiration for him. Modern research regards Fischer as a great composer of key- board music, on a par with Froberger and Bach. Furthermore, he is written about as a musician who in German speaking countries was able to elucidate the peculiarities of the French style.
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Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41
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Erdo Groot, Rogier de Schot
5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio
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|Release Date||November 27, 2015|
“Even today, we know little about the life and work of composer Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer. Admired by Johann Sébastien Bach, Fischer is the author of works for harpsichord recorded here named “Musikalische Blumen-Büschlein” (Musical Flowers Bouquet) whose composition dates from 1698.
It’s eight suites sharing equally major and minor modes. The latest being a chaconne. Into an outlet of his sumptuous, delicate and inspired music the young harpsichordist Olga Martynova game shows us a composer at the time singing, voluble and meditative, knowing give feelings through its suites, just weight. And we then understand Bach, who confided to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach that Fischer was one of his favourite composers. A remarkable recording and discovery.”
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