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The Musical Treasures Of Leufsta Bruk


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1526   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiChristoph SchaffrathBenedetto MarcelloJohann Christoph Pepusch,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 18th century, Leufsta Bruk – some 140 kilometres northwest of Stockholm – was the centre of a major industry producing iron both for Swedish needs and for export. It was a little principality in the middle of the forest governed by the descendants of Louis De Geer, a Belgian financier who developed the ironworks. The family was highly cultured and musical, and in particular Charles De Geer, a noted scientist as well as industrialist, contributed greatly to the remarkable collection of musical scores at Leufsta. These scores were to a large extent brought from Amsterdam and mirror the development of music and music publishing on the continent, as well as the musical activities at a flourishing Swedish manor of the period.
Read more /> Not surprisingly the collection – and this disc – contains music by well-known composers such as Vivaldi and Tartini, but there are also rarely heard works, for various instrumental combinations. Duets, keyboard solos, trio sonatas and the charming collection of ‘Boer Dances’ bear testament to the entertainments – often with the active participation of members of the De Geer family themselves – that enlivened the evenings at Leufsta in the mid-18th century.

Bringing these musical treasures to life is the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, whose many recordings on BIS have created a following around the world. Released in 1985 their version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with soloist Nils-Erik Sparf, is considered one of the classic recordings of this work. A much later disc, Telemann’s Don Quixotte (BIS-CD-1226) was recommended by the Spanish magazine CD Compact, and received a 5 star review in BBC Music Magazine, containing the following words of praise: 'the Drottningholm musicians capture all with admirable esprit and no breaches of stylistic decorum.' The same may safely be said about the present recording.
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in B flat major, Op. 8 no 10/RV 362 "La caccia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2. Duetto IV for flauto treverso and harpsichord by Christoph Schaffrath
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
3. Sonata For Cello and Harpsichord by Benedetto Marcello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
4. Concerto I for 2 flautes, 2 oboe and basso continuo by Johann Christoph Pepusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
5. Ouvertüre I for solo harpsichord by Conrad F. Hurlebusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
6. Concerto for Violin in G minor by Giuseppe Tartini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 10, RV 362, "La caccia": I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 10, RV 362, "La caccia": II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 10, RV 362, "La caccia": III. Allegro
Duetto IV in G major: I. Allegro
Duetto IV in G major: II. Largo
Duetto IV in G major: III. Allegro assai
Sonata No. 6 in G major: I. Adagio
Sonata No. 6 in G major: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 in G major: III. Grave
Sonata No. 6 in G major: IV. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Flutes and 2 Oboes in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 1: I. Largo
Concerto for 2 Flutes and 2 Oboes in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 1: II. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Flutes and 2 Oboes in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 1: III. Adagio
Concerto for 2 Flutes and 2 Oboes in B flat major, Op. 8, No. 1: IV. Allegro
Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4: I. Largo
Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4: II. Canzona
Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4: III. Adagio
Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 4: IV. Vivace
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: De groote Mogol
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: 't Inkomen van Hardewyk
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: 't Overgaan van Doornik
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: De valsche Munters
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: De Klompe-maker
Versameling van eenige Boere Danssen: De Kippe Jonge
Ouverture I in D minor: I. (Ouverture)
Ouverture I in D minor: II. Allemanda
Ouverture I in D minor: III. Courante
Ouverture I in D minor: IV. Sarabande
Ouverture I in D minor: V. Menuet
Ouverture I in D minor: VI. Gavotte
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 1, No. 1, D. 85: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 1, No. 1, D. 85: II. Fuga alla breve
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 1, No. 1, D. 85: III. Cantabile
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 1, No. 1, D. 85: IV. Allegro assai

Customer Reviews

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 Hidden treasure comes to delight November 14, 2012 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "The arrangements of the first item, Violin Concerto by A Vivaldi, surprised me well for its playful liberties, not heard from any other conductor of this music. Compositions by -SCHAFFRATH -Benedetto MARCELLO -PEPUSCH -CORBETT followed by BOEREDANSE, country dances that set me alight with thrill. Ever heard of HURLEBUSCH and TARTINI ? Here is a delightful CD by the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, worth to look out to for other works they perform. -Compare -Suites for the Clavecin -Pieter Bustijn- also thrilling ways to play known and lesser known treasures." Report Abuse
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