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Berlin Sonatas / Frey, Ghielmi

Abel / Frey / Ghielmi / Vanscheeuwijck
Release Date: 04/28/2015 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 1006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Karl Friedrich AbelJ. C. F. BachCarl Philipp Emmanuel BachFranz Benda,   ... 
Performer:  Elinor FreyLorenzo GhielmiMarc Vanscheeuwijk
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Today, the five-string cello is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. However, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was simply one of the many instruments used in the family of bass violins, and was particularly important for virtuosic sonatas and solos.

The royal courts of mid-eighteenth century Berlin were lively crossroads for some of the greatest musicians of the time. Court musicians and visitors were famous virtuosos performing music full of expressivity and fantasy. In Berlin Sonatas, the sonatas of J.C.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, C.F. Abel, Johann Kirnberger, and C.H. Graun each demonstrate the language of Sensibility (Empfindsamkeit): an expression of sadness, anger, wrath, joy,
Read more love, and praise. In their music, emotions are fleeting and instantaneous and, above all, the beauty of melody is emphasized. In Berlin in particular (where several court musicians were students of J.S. Bach), sonatas for cello seem liberated, natural, and comprehensible when played on a instrument fit with a fifth string. The five-string cello also allows for the performance of violin caprices by Franz Benda. The works of Berlin Sonatas achieve a great quality of expression of the kind that helped make Berlin composers famous, especially for their rapturous Adagios and tuneful Allegros, each leaving ample space for the performer’s creativity. Elinor Frey, five-string cello and Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano or harpsichord - Passacaille Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for cello & continuo in G major, WKO 147 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Elinor Frey (Cello), Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: after 1783 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in A major, HW 10 no 3 by J. C. F. Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano), Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Bückeburg, Germany 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for keyboard in G major, H. 119, Wq. 62/19 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano), Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1757 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Caprice (Etude) for violin in D major (No tempo), L. VI-16 by Franz Benda
Performer:  Elinor Frey (Cello), Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for cello & continuo in C major by Johann Philipp Kirnberger
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano), Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1769 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 15 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Sonatas (6) for Violin, Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 9: no 1 in A major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Marc Vanscheeuwijk (), Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano), Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; London, England 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for cello in C major, GraunWV B:17:53 by Carl Heinrich Graun
Performer:  Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Caprice (Etude) for violin in D minor (Allegro moderato), L. VI-18 by Franz Benda
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Fortepiano), Elinor Frey (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Chiesa dei Ss. Eusebio e Vittore, Peglio 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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