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Graupner: Orchestral Suites / Kaakinen-pilch, Finnish Baroque Orchestra

Graupner / Finnish Baroque Orch / Kaakinen-pilch
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1220   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph Graupner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here’s another composer we would care more about if not for the existence of Bach and Telemann. Although the writer of the disc’s liner notes focuses on the overshadowing influence of his abovementioned contemporaries, Christoph Graupner’s music on this program could most closely be compared with that of Handel’s works in the genre–and still we are left with this Saxon composer’s more workmanlike, less visionary, but always imaginative treatments of melody and attention to the coloristic possibilities of instruments such as viola d’amore, chalumeau, horn, and flute. This is not great or revelatory music–but it is certainly eminently listenable, whether as a pleasant background or as a focus of scrutiny regarding baroque compositional Read more practice.

The beauty of this recording is in the performances, in which the individual musicians, regardless of their attraction to Graupner’s conceptions, play with knowing appreciation of the beauty of the ensemble sonorities and the idiomatic writing for individual instruments. And to be sure, Graupner was not an imitator: these suites reveal much individuality, not only in unusual instrumental combinations, but in the way these instruments are employed, using (sometimes unconventional) rhythmic effects, fugal techniques, and the formal structures of various dances to create works that are agreeably sonorous and thematically rich and satisfying. As an aside, the “Air en Polonese” from the F major suite GWV 450, is one of the more unusual movements in all of these works, something you could imagine as a “Divertissement” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet. In fact, one of the delights of these suites is that you can actually imagine dancers performing the gavottes, sarabandes, menuets, and bourrées.

For whatever reason the Finnish Baroque Orchestra has adopted and embraced these Graupner suites, and we are lucky for that–and Ondine has provided a first-rate sonic environment, from a Finnish church, that captures the individual instrumental timbres and the unique color-world of the various combinations of baroque horn and chalumeau and viola d’amore and strings. Strongly recommended.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in F major, GWV 451 by Christoph Graupner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Darmstadt, Germany 
2.
Overture for transverse flute, viola d'amore, chalumeau, strings & b.c. in F major, GWV 450 by Christoph Graupner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
3.
Overture-Suite for Viola d'Amore, Bassoon, Strings and Basso continuo in G major, GWV 458 by Christoph Graupner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Baroque Orchestra

Sound Samples

Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: I. Ouverture
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: II. Air en Gavotte
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: III. Hornepipe
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: IV. Air en Sarabande
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: V. Air en Polonaise
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore and Chalumeau in F Major, GWV 450: VI. Air en Menuet
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: I. Overture
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: II. Air
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: III. Tempo di Sarabande
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: IV. Tempo di Bourree I-II
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: V. Air: Largo
Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon in G Major, GWV 458: VI. Menuet I-II
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: I. Overture
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: II. Air
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: III. Sarabande
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: IV. Menuet
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: V. Marche
Suite for Flute, Viola d'Amore, 2 Chalumeaux and Horn in F Major, GWV 451: VI. Chaconne

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