Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor

Chalumeaux - Concertos, ouvertures & sonatas

Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917253924
Catnr: CC 72539
Release date: 25 May 2012
1 SACD hybrid
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917253924
Catalogue number
CC 72539
Release date
25 May 2012

"The inclusion of horns and timpani makes this an altogether different affair, much heartier, with a generous open-air quality reminiscent of the hunt, a major pastime for the Landgrave. Both works are very appealing.""

Positive Feedback, 17-1-2022
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About the album

He was a contemporary of J.S. Bach and J.J.Fux but his name is not well-known because his employer Ernst Ludwig obliged him to the function of Kapellmeister in Darmstadt: Christoph Graupner. The composer never visited Vienna in his life!
Ernst Ludwig secured the lifelong stay of Graupner in Darmstadt in 1723, by a substantial salary increase, which made him, as a court conductor, the highest paid orchestral-leader of his time and prevented at the same time that he migrated to Leipzig, where they had offered him the post of cantor. After that another 37 years followed in the service of the court in Darmstadt. Graupner eventually went blind in 1760 and therefore in the last six years of his life, was no longer actively conducting the orchestra.

The instrument chalumeau is in the spotlight on this new album of Ars Antiqua Austria, with music of the Austrian composer Graupner. The chalumeau was probably developed in the late 17th Century by the Nuremberg instrument builder and inventor of the clarinet, Johann Christoph Denner (1655-1707) and was structurally and acoustically optimized in such a way that it has been used by many composers of the Baroque period and the early (pre-) classical music period, for concerts, suites, arias and chamber music. The chalumeau is forerunner of the clarinet, but the two instruments existed parallel to each other in the 18th century. It was not until the late Baroque era the loud and powerful baroque clarinet became the more popular one and the chalumeau slowly disappeared from the musical scene.
Christoph Graupner is considered one of the most important composers for chalumeau. He knew how to use the instrument skillfully -despite its limited tonal range - for sacred and secular music, and he can be seen as one of the most innovative composers and sound experimenters of the 18th Century.
De chalumeaux klinken als in vroeger tijden aan het hof
Dit album staat in het teken van de chalumeau. De Duitse componist Christoph Graupner schreef ware kunstwerken voor dit houten blaasinstrument uit de barok en voorloper van de klarinet. De ouvertures, concerten en sonates worden als altijd, onberispelijk gespeeld door violist Gunar Letzbor en Ars Antiqua Austria. Bovendien zijn ze onvoorstelbaar mooi opgenomen in een weergaloze akoestiek. "Uiterst levendige en prikkelende muziek: alle lof voor Ars Antiqua Austria om ons met deze vergeten kleuring kennis te laten maken en onbekend repertoire af te stoffen." Jos van der Zanden, Klassieke Zaken.

Christoph Graupner, (1683-1760) was een Duits klavecinist en barokcomponist die doorvoelde en veeleisende muziek schreef. Zijn opleiding kreeg hij aan de Thomasschule, een jongenskostschool in Leipzig. Verstokt operaliefhebber en landgraaf Ernst Lodewijk van Hessen-Darmstadt haalde Graupner naar Darmstadt om hem nooit meer te laten gaan. De vorst bood hem de functie aan van hofkapelmeester en voorkwam enkele jaren later dat de componist een baan aannam op zijn oude school. Ernst Lodewijk verzekerde hem van zo'n vorstelijk salaris dat Graupner zijn verdere leven in Darmstadt zou blijven. Waarschijnlijk de reden waarom zijn muziek weinig bekendheid geniet. Graupner was een productief, maar bescheiden man. Zijn originelen zijn ware kunstwerken. Zijn wens was echter om al zijn werken na zijn dood te vernietigen, waardoor er problemen ontstonden tussen zijn familie en de landgraaf. Een geluk bij een ongeluk, want daardoor is veel van zijn werk bewaard gebleven in de plaatselijke universiteitsbibliotheek. Graupner was een van de meest innovatieve componisten van de 18e eeuw.

Ars Antiqua Austria werd in 1989 opgericht door de Oostenrijkse violist Gunar Letzbor, met als doel het publiek te laten kennismaken met de Oostenrijkse barokmuziek. Dankzij zijn inspanningen zijn tientallen composities voor het eerst in de moderne tijd uitgevoerd. Ars Antiqua Austria speelt op authentieke instrumenten en geldt als een hoogstaand ensemble in de wereld van de oude muziek.
Ars Antiqua Austria meets Darmstadt.

Christoph Graupner gilt heute als einer der wichtigsten Komponisten für Chalumeaux und darf als einer der innovativsten Komponisten des 18. Jahrhunderts angesehen werden. Ars Antiqua Austria präsentiert die reich instrumentierten Werke mit beispielloser Spielfreude und exzellentem Surround-Sound!

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Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1995 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of specifically Austrian baroque music played on period-instruments. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this period shows the strong influence of Italy and later of French forms, while Spanish court ceremonials also shape the character of the works. The typical Austrian sound of the period also betrays the influence of the many Crownlands. The political and social boundaries of Austria in the baroque era were far wider than in the 20th century. Elements of Slav and Hungarian folk music mingle with alpine sounds and can be heard in the art music of the period. The Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and character of the Austrians of that period - a unifying element in the melting-pot of many different cultures: the joie de vivre of the South, Slav melancholy, French formality, Spanish pomp and the Alpine character of the German-speaking regions. This fusion of court- with folk music and a strong element of dance music form the typical Austrian sound.

The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises 8 musicians directed by Gunar Letzbor. The ensemble is readily augmented to accommodate a still wider repertoire. Ars Antiqua Austria's recording of Viviani's "Capricci Armonici" received a Cannes Classical Award 2002.

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Press

The inclusion of horns and timpani makes this an altogether different affair, much heartier, with a generous open-air quality reminiscent of the hunt, a major pastime for the Landgrave. Both works are very appealing."
Positive Feedback, 17-1-2022

This is the art of interpretation on its highest level
Florilegium, 29-8-2013

This is an excellent programme which is full of life and variety.
Music Web International, 01-10-2012

Garupner's overtures and concertos are duskily attractive, while the violin sonatas have Italianate verve
Independent on Sunday, 09-9-2012

Extremel lively and provocative music
Klassieke zaken, 01-8-2012

well-recorded disc
The Observer, 15-7-2012

A discovery!
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01.
Concerto a 2 Chalumeaux, 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo C-Dur GWV 303: Vivace
04:20
02.
Concerto a 2 Chalumeaux, 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo C-Dur GWV 303: Andante
03:33
03.
Concerto a 2 Chalumeaux, 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo C-Dur GWV 303: Allegro
03:48
04.
Sonata per Cembalo obligato e Violino g-Moll GWV 709: Largo
02:34
05.
Sonata per Cembalo obligato e Violino g-Moll GWV 709: Allegro
01:45
06.
Sonata per Cembalo obligato e Violino g-Moll GWV 709: Andante
01:58
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Sonata per Cembalo obligato e Violino g-Moll GWV 709: Vivace
02:35
08.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: ( )
02:43
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Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Allegro
05:55
10.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Bergerie
02:36
11.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Air
01:53
12.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Le Desire
02:49
13.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Rejourissance
02:12
14.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: La Speranza amoroso
06:50
15.
Ouverture a 3 Chalum. 2 Violis. Viola e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 449: Menuet
03:11
16.
Sonata per Cembalo e Violino g-Moll GWV 711: Largo
03:02
17.
Sonata per Cembalo e Violino g-Moll GWV 711: Presto
01:31
18.
Sonata per Cembalo e Violino g-Moll GWV 711: Largo
03:28
19.
Sonata per Cembalo e Violino g-Moll GWV 711: Menuet
02:42
20.
Ouverture a  2 Corn: Tym: 2 Chalum: 2 Violin. Viola, Fagott e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 452: ( ) ? Largo ? da capo
07:07
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Ouverture a  2 Corn: Tym: 2 Chalum: 2 Violin. Viola, Fagott e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 452: Menuet
02:08
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Ouverture a  2 Corn: Tym: 2 Chalum: 2 Violin. Viola, Fagott e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 452: Air
02:41
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Ouverture a  2 Corn: Tym: 2 Chalum: 2 Violin. Viola, Fagott e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 452: Tempo di Sarabande
02:22
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Ouverture a  2 Corn: Tym: 2 Chalum: 2 Violin. Viola, Fagott e Cembalo F-Dur GWV 452: Air ? da capo
00:41
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