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Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun: Trios For 2 Violins & Basso / Les Amis De Philippe


Release Date: 09/29/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777423-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

August Graun, who died in 1736, was a tax-collector based in Wahrenbruck in south-west Brandenburg. His three sons, August Friedrich, Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich, studied music with Johann David Cocler, the town organist, and all went on to make musical careers. The eldest of the three – but the least well-known to posterity – was August Friedrich (1698/9-1765), who was Kantor of the Cathedral School at Merseburg from 1729 until his death. His two younger siblings made a larger mark on the musical world. Johann Gottlieb studied the violin and composition in Dresden with Pisandel and also with Tartini in Padua. He re-established himself in Dresden (where, incidentally, he taught W.F. Bach). He went on to hold important positions in the Read more Berlin of King Frederick II. As a composer he wrote concertos for violin and other instruments, symphonies and chamber music, and his own playing was much admired. The youngest of the three brothers, Carl Heinrich made his name as both singer and composer, working in Dresden and in Prussia, like his brother. His operas - and to a lesser extent his church music - have deservedly attracted renewed attention in recent years; René Jacobs’s 1995 recording of his Cleopatra and Cesare on Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901561.63 rightly won many admirers.

The present richly enjoyable CD contains five trios by Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich. In some areas of the brothers’ work it is near enough impossible to know who wrote what with any certainty – as Grove puts it “problems of attribution, chronology and biographical detail remain”. Manuscript attributions usually refer simply to ‘Graun’.

The first thing to stress is that one should not be put off by such problems – the music is delightful and inventive. This issue from CPO benefits from some scholarly notes by Ludger Rémy, who points out the complexities of the manuscript tradition where these works are concerned. These performances are based on manuscript copies (none of them in the composer(s) own hand) preserved in the State and University Library of Saxony, in Dresden.

All but Graun WV Cv:XV:100 are in three movements (slow-fast-fast); the exception has four movements: adagio, allegro, affetuoso, allegro. The fast movements bubble effervescently and are never short on ideas; the slow movements are graceful and often full of feeling. There’s a good deal of variety, many changes of pace and dynamics and a few more-or-less unexpected twists and turns.

This is sophisticated chamber music and, though one hears affinities with, say, Corelli and even C.P.E. Bach, the music has a distinctive character of its own. It gets fine performances from Les Amis de Philippe, full of both subtlety and discipline. The recorded sound captures the intimate interplay of the ensemble very satisfactorily. I, for one, would very much like to hear more of the Grauns’ chamber music.

-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio in A GraunWV A:XV:13: Allegro / Sempre cantabile by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
2.
Trio in A GraunWV A:XV:13: Adagio by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
3.
Trio in A GraunWV A:XV:13: Allegro by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
4.
Trio in D GraunWV Cv:XV:100: Adagio by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
5.
Trio in D GraunWV Cv:XV:100: Allegro by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
6.
Trio in D GraunWV Cv:XV:100: Affetuoso by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
7.
Trio in C GraunWV Av:XV:19: Adagio by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
8.
Trio in C GraunWV Av:XV:19: Allegro mà non molto by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
9.
Trio in C GraunWV Av:XV:19: Allegro by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
10.
Trio in D GraunWV Av:XV:23: Adagio ma non tanto by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
11.
Trio in D GraunWV Av:XV:23: Allegro moderato by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
12.
Trio in D GraunWV Av:XV:23: Allegro assai by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
13.
Trio in E GraunWV Av:XV:27: Adagio by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
14.
Trio in E GraunWV Av:XV:27: Allegretto by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 
15.
Trio in E GraunWV Av:XV:27: Allegro by Carl Heinrich Graun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771). 

Sound Samples

Trio in A major, GraunWV A:XV:13: I. Allegro
Trio in A major, GraunWV A:XV:13: II. Adagio
Trio in A major, GraunWV A:XV:13: III. Allegro
Trio in D major, GraunWV Cv:XV:100: I. Adagio
Trio in D major, GraunWV Cv:XV:100: II. Allegro
Trio in D major, GraunWV Cv:XV:100: III. Affetuoso
Trio in D major, GraunWV Cv:XV:100: IV. Allegro
Trio in C minor, GraunWV Av:XV:19: I. Adagio
Trio in C minor, GraunWV Av:XV:19: II. Allegro ma non molto
Trio in C minor, GraunWV Av:XV:19: III. Allegro
Trio in D major, GraunWV Av:XV:23: I. Adagio ma non tanto
Trio in D major, GraunWV Av:XV:23: II. Allegro moderato
Trio in D major, GraunWV Av:XV:23: III. Allegro assai
Trio in E major, GraunWV Av:XV:27: I. Adagio
Trio in E major, GraunWV Av:XV:27: II. Allegretto
Trio in E major, GraunWV Av:XV:27: III. Allegro

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