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C 9503 FORTEPIANO CONCERTOS (SCHOBERT, SCHRÖTER, DUSSEK) [9,99 Euros]

 

At the end of the 90’s, the label Cantus licensed some of the best recordings by the ensemble Musica ad Rhenum, founded by great artists coming from groups like Musica Antiqua Köln, Camerata Köln or Concerto Armonico, and led by American traverso player, Jed Wentz. Now, some of those recordings have been remastered and released again by Cantus with new covers, new translations and new design, forming a series called “The Musica ad Rhenum Archives”.

When listening to this wonderful recording we shall be able to know the evolution of a new musical genre that was created during the 18th century, the (forte)piano concerto. Johann Schobert was born in 1735, and Dussek died in 1812, and itis between both dates when the music of the present CD was composed.

Schobert, like Mozart, who admired him, died at a very young age, and his music has a special expressive power that rises far above the average of eighteenth-century composition. This can be very well appreciated in the expansive Andante middle movement ([2]) is particularly fine; with its uncommonly expressive and sentimental melodies, its intense, dark colours and its animated gestural language, it is the “product of a heated imagination and a burning heart”, as one of Schobert’s contemporaries put it.

Burney, a contemporary, wrote that Schröter ‘introduced the true art of fortepiano playing to England and his concertos opus 3 and 5 were among the best composed specially for this instrument and met with tremendous success’. Mozart found these works of sufficient interest to compose cadenzas for them (which may be heard on this recording). The Fortepiano Concerto in C major, opus 3 No. 3 employs solely string orchestra accompaniment. It is spontaneous, fresh music that transports the listener back to the atmosphere of the eighteenth century.

The life of the Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek (or Dusik), 1760-1812, was decidedly even more turbulent and adventuresome than that of his predecessors Schobert and Schröter. He lived in an age in which Europe was shaken by revolution and war and was himself personally acquainted with many of the leading figures in this strife. The 1789 concerto performed on this recording (Concerto for Fortepiano, Two Oboes, Two Horns and Strings in E flat Major, Op. 2), with its robust themes, extensive tutti passages and brilliant solo part in the first movement, presages Beethoven. Although initially writing in the Classical style, in the final years of his life Dussek exhibited clear Romantic traits in his music: in it we hear Schubert, Weber, Rossini, and even Mendelssohn and Chopin! Dussek was an exceptionally gifted and progressive musician, a restless opportunist and an intriguing personage in the tumultuous transition from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century.

 

Fortepiano Concertos

  • Cantus Records licensed, at the end of the 90’s, some of the best recordings by the ensemble Musica ad Rhenum, founded by great artists coming from groups like Musica Antiqua Köln, Camerata Köln or Concerto Armonico, and led by American traverso player, Jed Wentz. Now, some of those recordings have been remastered and released again by Cantus with new covers, new translations and new design, forming a series called “The Musica ad Rhenum Archives”
  • Musica ad Rhenum – On period instruments

    Artistic Director: Jed Wentz

    Fortepiano: Fania Chapiro, Anonymous Vienesse instrument, ca. 1780;

    (private collection Fania Chapiro, from the collection of Edwin Beunk)

    Violins: Florian Deuter (Thier, 1746); Marco Roosink (18th c. anonymous), Katha Wolff-Stern (F. Alberti, Milano 1743), Wanda Visser (Klotz, 1747), Daniel Deuter (18th c. anonymous)

    Viola: Claudia Steeb (Klotz, 18th c.)

    Violoncello: Job ter Haar (Gragnani school, Torino, 18th c.)

    Contrabass: Tis Marang (18th c. anonymous)

    Flutes: Jed Wentz, Marion Moonen (Gerhard Kowalewsky, after Palanca, ca 1720)

    Oboes: Kristin Linde, Ulrike Neukamm (van de Linden, after Denner)

    Natural horns: Raphael Vosseler, Christiane Vosseler (van der Heide, after Haas, 1745)

    Basoon: Norbert Kunst (Peter de Koning, after Wijne)

Aditional informations

  • Total time 55:40

    Libreto Liner notes by Jed Wentz. Languages: English, Spanish, French and German

    Recording Oud Katholieke Kerk, Delft, The Netherlands, August 1994

    Recording, digital edition and production: Leo de Klerk (Bloomline Studio)

    Design and booklet coordination José Carlos Cabello

    Cover Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842): Self portrait in a Straw Hat, ca 1782, National Gallery, London.
“Choc de Le Monde de la Musique” (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

“10 de Répertoire” (Répertoire, France)
    ✋ Please adjust first the VOLUME control on the SPEAKER ⇓ before playing ▶

    [3] Schobert: Allegro from Concerto in G Major, op. 9
    [6] Schröter: Rondeau Allegro from Concerto in C Major, op. 3 no. 3
    [8] Dussek: Larghetto espressivo from Concerto in E flat Major, op. 26
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