Sinfonias from the Enlightenment

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917219326
Catnr: CC 72193
Release date: 01 March 2008
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72193
Release date
01 March 2008

" These appealing renditions appeal to novice and cognoscenti alike."

Fanfare Magazine, 06-7-2017

About the album

The Age of Enlightenment was the epoch that Frederick II ruled over Prussia. This monarch was also musician and composer and gathered Germany’s musical elite at his court. In the second half of the 18th century out of the gallant and reason-driven ideas of the philosophical and literary Enlightenment emerged a movement of sensibility, known as ‘Sturm und Drang’ and this transition is most clearly marked by composers as C.Ph.E. Bach, the Graun and Benda bro’s and J.A.Hasse, all composers closely related to the Prussian court of Frederick, while in Vienna still was blowing a more traditional wind. Also the musically independent Joseph Haydn couldn’t avoid in some of his symphonies the influence of this new trend. Enlightened contemporaries considered all these musicians who dedicated their creativity to the new sound as the avant-garde. This CD actually includes the first recording ever of the symphonies by Hasse, Graun and Carl Philipp.
Eerste opnamen van symfonieën uit de eeuw van de Verlichting
Het kamerorkest Moderntimes_1800 speelt in Sinfonias from the Enlightenment muziek uit de 18e eeuw. Op dit album staan de allereerste opnamen van symfonieën van Johann Gottlieb Graun, Johann Adolph Hasse en de zonen van Bach: Wilhelm Friedemann en Carl Philipp Emanuel. Je zou kunnen zeggen de grondleggers van de symfonische stijl. Hun symfonieën hebben vanaf het ontstaan onder het stof gelegen, in het archief van de Berlijnse zangacademie, dat in 1999 herontdekt werd. Het energieke kamerorkest Moderntimes_1800 brengt deze pareltjes weer tot leven. Ook symfonieën van Joseph Haydn en Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart kregen een plek op dit album.

In de 18e eeuw, de tijd tussen Johann Sebastian Bach en de Weense klassieken én de eeuw van de Verlichting, regeerde Frederik II over Pruisen. Deze koning, die ook muzikant en componist was, verzamelde de muzikale elite van Duitsland aan zijn hof. Daar ontstond vanuit de Verlichting, de beweging ‘Sturm und Drang’. Het werd mode om gevoelens in de muziek tot uitdrukking te brengen. Het meest duidelijk is dit te horen in stukken van componisten als C.Ph.E. Bach, Graun en Hasse, die allen aan het Pruisische hof werkten. Terwijl in Wenen nog steeds een meer traditionele stijl de boventoon voerde, lieten ook de muzikaal onafhankelijke Haydn, en het enfant terrible van de toenmalige gevestigde orde Mozart, deze nieuwe trend in hun symfonieën horen. Een trend die toentertijd beschouwd werd als avant-garde.

Moderntimes_1800 is een jong Oostenrijks kamerorkest opgericht in 2003 door Ilia Korol en Julia Moretti. Zij stelden een ensemble samen met een jonge generatie musici. Deze musici zijn niet alleen bedreven in het bespelen van authentieke instrumenten, maar ook bekend met de speelwijze van historische en eigentijdse muziek. Het ensemble geeft regelmatig prestigieuze concerten zoals op de festivals van Wenen en Salzburg.
Bei den auf dieser CD eingespielten Sinfonien von Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Gottlieb Graun und Johann Adolph Hasse handelt es sich zum überwiegenden Teil um Erstaufnahmen. Seit ihrer Entstehungszeit haben sie im Archiv der Berliner Singakademie geschlummert, das 1999 in Kiev wiederentdeckt wurde. Dort stieß Ilia Korol im Sommer 2007auf diese kostbaren Kleinode. Inhalt: Hasse (1699-1783): Sinfonia D major / Graun (1702-1771): Sinfonia E flat major / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Sinfonia B flat major & Sinfonia E flat major / Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784): Sinfonia D major / Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony no. 39 in g minor / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Symphony no. 29 in A major K 201


As something external and strange, everything new appears poetic – As something internal and of the self, everything old also appears romantic – For both contrast with the commonplace – or with each other. The newness of the old – the oldness of the new.

moderntimes_1800 is a young Austrian chamber orchestra comprising international specialists. It was founded in 2003 by Ilia Korol and Julia Moretti who set out to form an ensemble from a new generation of musicians, proficient both in historical performance and in the music of the 20th century.

All composers have written and continue to write for the instruments of their particular age – and, as such, all music can claim to have been “modern” in its own time. The inclusion of the date “1800” in the name of the orchestra refers to one of the most turbulent epochs in European history in which society, politics and culture all underwent fundamental change, heralding the advent of European Modernity. The transition from the 18th to the 19th century marked the beginning of the collapse of an epoch, characterised by upheaval and reorientation in the most diverse spheres.
Availing itself of the instruments and the playing styles of the time in which a work was created, moderntimes_1800 is of the firm conviction that the musical language of an epoch can find most vivid expression when articulated using the musical means of that particular period. In some concert programmes this also involves conducting the orchestra from the concertmaster’s desk.

moderntimes_1800 performs either as an historical or modern chamber orchestra, but also in smaller formations, such as the quartet. In its concert programmes, the ensemble displays a keen interest not only in highlighting thematic commonalities and contrasting various epochs, but also in focussing on the countervailing cultural and social developments within one epoch. This approach inevitably forges links with literature and various dramatic forms, extending even to opera – for example “Der Seelen wunderliches Bergwerk“ (Awesome Underground of Souls), a work commissioned by the RuhrTriennale, or “Der Liederabend – Elfenbeinkönigin im tiefen Tal” (The Recital – Ivory Wonder in the Deep Dark Valley).

Since its inception, moderntimes_1800 has given a number of highly prestigious concerts, guesting, for example, at the opening of the 2004 Vienna Festival, the 2005 and 2006 RuhrTriennale in Duisburg and the Salzburg Festival in 2006 as well as at various German and Austrian concert halls and festivals. Together with Michael Schade, Patricia Petibon, Juliane Banse, Tobias Moretti and Sylvie Rohrer, the orchestra performed in the highly acclaimed production of “The Liederabend“ at the 2006 Salzburg Festival.

Ilia Korol (violin) hails from Kiev, studied violin under Abraham Stern and Marina Iashvili at Moscow’s Music Academy and since 1997 has lived in Austria. In recognition of his artistic achievements he received Austrian citizenship in 2001. He has performed as concertmaster of the Musica Antiqua Köln, the Bach Ensemble with Joshua Rifkin and the Spanish Baroque Orchestra RCOC and furthermore is member of the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria and the Clemencic Consort. Ilia Korol has also featured on numerous CD recordings.

Julia Moretti (Oboe) studied the modern oboe in Innsbruck and the Baroque oboe in Strasbourg and Milan. For ten years she was a full-time member of the Voralberg Symphony Orchestra and has performed together with various highly-acclaimed Baroque ensembles, such as Il Giardino Armonico, the Ensemble Zefiro and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, at many leading concert venues, among them Vienna’s Musikverein, the Vienna Concert House, the Teatro San Carlo Napoli, the Schwetzing Festival, the Munster Baroque Festival and the Bregenz Festival.


 These appealing renditions appeal to novice and cognoscenti alike.
Fanfare Magazine, 06-7-2017

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