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From The Court Of Frederick The Great / Kuijken, Van Asperen


Release Date: 03/19/1996 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 66267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frederick the GreatCarl Heinrich GraunJohann Philipp KirnbergerJohann Gottfried Müthel,   ... 
Performer:  Bob van AsperenBarthold KuijkenWieland Kuijken
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another disc of music from Frederick the Great’s court, another cover reproduction of Menzel’s evocation of a flute concert at Sanssouci. This time, however, the painting appears with more than usual justification, for this release is devoted entirely to sonatas for the flute, that favourite instrument both of Frederick and of many another eighteenth-century amateur. Frederick, mark you, was only an amateur in the sense that his time understood it, which is to say that he was a skilled and much-practised performer and also a reasonable composer. His somewhat foursquare sonata, one of over 100, sits at the centre of the programme, surrounded by examples by his teacher and court flautist Quantz, and by several non-flute players: J. G. Graun Read more and his successor as the Berlin Opera’s Konzertmeister, Franz Benda, Kapellmeister C. H. Graun; the theorist Kirnberger; and J. G. Muthel, who never actually worked in Berlin but studied there with C. P. E. Bach. All have the grace and charm you would expect from pieces written for court digestion; Benda and Muthel may hint at a slightly more Sturm und Drang sensibility, but this is definitely music for soothing savage breasts rather than exciting subversive passions.

Barthold Kuijken’s performances of this modest but undeniably attractive music are a constant joy. Surely no other baroque flautist can play with such liquid ease and consistently sweet, mellow tone. There is not a harsh moment, one is scarcely aware of him breathing, and in passagework he never loses his elegance or poise. The fiddliest ornaments, too, are assumed into the overall musical line with unruffled ease, especially in the refreshingly pacey minuets with which most of these sonatas end. The support offered by the continuo team is solid without being remarkable – and there are a few sour notes from the cello – but this really is Kuijken’s show; one can imagine flute sonatas every evening being a drag for Frederick’s courtiers and musicians, but with a flautist of this calibre around, who would not want to listen to or write them?

-- Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone [5/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor by Frederick the Great
Performer:  Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G major by Carl Heinrich Graun
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Cello), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G major by Johann Philipp Kirnberger
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Wieland Kuijken (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Gottfried Müthel
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Cello), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for flute (or violin) & continuo in E minor, L. III-57 by Franz Benda
Performer:  Barthold Kuijken (Flute), Wieland Kuijken (Cello), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1756 
6.
Sonata in C major by Johann Gottlieb Graun
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Cello), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo no 275 in B flat major, QV 1 no 161 by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Cello), Bob van Asperen (Harpsichord), Barthold Kuijken (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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