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Ouvertures - Heinichen, Graupner, Fasch, Graun / Linde, Cappella Coloniensis


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Phoenix Edition   Catalog #: 173   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann David HeinichenChristoph GraupnerJohann Friedrich FaschJohann Gottlieb Graun
Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



OVERTURES Hans-Martin Linde, cond; Cappella Coloniensis (period instruments) PHOENIX EDITION 173 (66:01)


HEINICHEN Overture in G. GRAUPNER Overture in C. FASCH Overture in B?. J. G. GRAUN Overture in d

Read more /> These recordings have been in and out of the catalog since they were first recorded back in the late 1980s. They display all the virtues of other Cappella Coloniensis CDs of a similar vintage: moderate tempo choices, technically adroit playing, good blend between sections, and plenty of energy. On the negative side, they suffer from the same problems: an oversized acoustic and distant miking, which results in less bite to accents and phrases, as well as a moderate loss of instrumental color (though to be fair, this isn’t the case with the three Graupner chalumeau soloists, placed in a sonic spotlight). The pleasure derived from these performances is consequently compromised, though not entirely lost.


As for the music, these Baroque overture-suites run the gamut from two movements to seven, providing an unsystematic and personal mix of overture, dance movements, and airs. One of the gems is the Graupner, unusual for its harmonic waywardness, chalumeau section, and rhythmically accurate Polonaise. Is it the composer’s answer to Telemann’s so-called “Polish” concertos, exaggerating eccentric effects supposedly heard from rural folk musicians? If so, it certainly hits the mark. The more conventional Heinichen combines inventiveness, memorable turns, and excellent craft. The Zerbst Kapellmeister , Fasch, is typically more conservative than either, but his overture-suite is lively, imaginative, and sparkling in its rhythmic élan—most notably in a lengthy, flowing Minuet, and a beguiling Passapied. Only the Graun lowers the ceiling of inspiration. It is technically competent, but pedestrian. The fugal portion of the first of its two movements is a fine piece of workmanship, however—not unexpected from a man to whom J. S. Bach entrusted the musical education of his eldest son.


The liner notes are very brief and devoid of nearly all pertinent information, but bizarre enough to wish they were longer. We are told that among other matters, Heinichen’s law degree “may account for the sometimes acerbic, willful edge to his melodies.” Something to consider for young modern composers, who might want to avoid ambulance chasing if they wish someday to write like Puccini.


I hope someone will commit the Graupner and Heinichen to disc again in the near future, and in more forward sound. For now, though, if you want to hear either piece, this is the only version available, and certainly worth hearing.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture-Suite for Strings and Basso continuo in G major, S 206 by Johann David Heinichen
Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Dresden, Germany 
2.
Overture-Suite for Strings and Basso continuo in C major by Christoph Graupner
Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Darmstadt, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Darmstadt, Germany (1720 - 1750). 
3.
Overture in B flat major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
4.
Overture-Suite in D minor by Johann Gottlieb Graun
Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Overture in G major: I. Overture
Overture in G major: II. Air
Overture in G major: III. Bourree alternativ
Overture in G major: IV. Air
Overture in G major: V. Rigaudon alternativ
Overture in G major: VI. Air viste
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: II. Menuet
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: III. Polonaise
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: IV. Air
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: V. Sarabande
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: VI. Air
Overture (Suite) in C major, GWV 409: VII. Rejouissance
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: II. Air
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: III. Bourree
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: IV. Menuet I-II
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: V. Air
Overture (Suite) in B flat major, FWV K:B5: VI. Passepied I-II
Overture in D minor: I. -
Overture in D minor: II. -

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