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Fasch: Concertos & Orchestral Suite / Pinnock, English Concert


Release Date: 02/16/1998 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 449210   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Lorraine WoodPaul GoodwinMark BennettAlberto Grazzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FASCH Ouverture in g. Trumpet Concerto in D. 1 Bassoon Concerto in c. 2 Chalumeau Concerto in B?. 3 Concerto for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, and 2 Horns in D 4,5,6 Trevor Pinnock (hpd, cond); Mark Bennett (tpt); 1 Alberto Grazzi (bn); 2,4 Colin Lawson (chalumeau); Read more class="SUPER12">3 Paul Goodwin (ob); 4 Lorraine Wood (ob); 4 Sally Jackson (bn); 4 Andrew Clark (hn); 6 Christian Rutherford (hn); 6 English Concert (period instruments) ARCHIV 449 210 (59:25)


While still a law student at the University of Leipzig, Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758) composed an orchestral suite and passed it off as one of Telemann’s at a concert by the Collegium Musicum. Fasch was taken by surprise when his fellow students expressed their enjoyment of the work and not one of them suspected anything, or if they did, nothing was ever said. If Fasch ever had any doubt about embarking on a musical career, this incident must have proven that he possessed the necessary talent by imitating the leading composer of the day and going unnoticed in doing so!


Fasch came from a family of churchmen and, following the death of his father, he began a series of moves that would finally place him in Leipzig as one of the first pupils of Johann Kuhnau, cantor at the renowned Thomasschule. After graduating from the University of Leipzig, Fasch hit the road, traveling throughout Germany, and studying with Christoph Graupner in Darmstadt. Eventually Graupner wound up in Prague where he became an employee of Count Wenzel Morzin, the dedicatee of Vivaldi’s op. 8 set of concertos, which included the well-known quartet of works known collectively as The Four Seasons . In 1722, Fasch was offered and accepted the post of Kapellmeister at the court of Zerbst. With the exceptions of a trip to Prague in 1725, an extended stay in Dresden, and several trips to Köthen, Fasch remained in Zerbst for the rest of his life.


It’s relatively easy for us to categorize the music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, and many of their lesser-known contemporaries, but pigeonholing Fasch’s music isn’t as easy. A 1743 inventory of the Zerbst library shows that Fasch had assembled the latest works of the best-known Italian masters—including Vivaldi and Albinoni—as well as music of Graun and Handel. This shows how interested Fasch was in keeping up with the latest stylistic trends. He was essentially a Baroque composer, indebted to the Italian style with the occasional side trip to the French orchestral suite, but Fasch also wasn’t beyond experimenting and employing ideas that elsewhere would morph into a more gallant or Classical idiom. Characteristic of Fasch’s music are the emancipation of wind instruments, an interest in syncopation, and a more chromatic syntax. Fasch also wrote in a texturally simpler style, replacing the complexity of independent lines with a melody and bass with accompanying figures.


The Lullian orchestral suite included here is typical of the genre with the obligatory overture being followed by a series of short dance-like movements including a gavotte, minuet, two arie, and a descriptive movement called Jardiniers . Three of the four concertos on this release are patterned after three-movement Venetian models, while the fourth—that for chalumeau, an ancestor of the clarinet—is based on the Corellian concerto da chiesa.


These spirited and genial performances are textbook from first note to last, wedding top-notch soloists to one of the finest period-instrument orchestras around with stunning results that were captured in a rich aural environment. The result is a set of performances that yields nothing to the competition. Originally released by Archiv Produktion in 1996 and later deleted, the CD has been licensed and reissued by arkivmusic.com as part of its project to restore many earlier recordings to the catalog. More power to them!


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Trumpet, 2 Oboes, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major, FWV L:D1 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Mark Bennett (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
2.
Concerto for Bassoon, 2 Oboes, Strings and Basso Continuo in C minor, FWV L:c2 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
3.
Overture in G minor, FWV K:g2 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon), Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Paul Goodwin (Oboe),
Sophia McKenna (Oboe)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
4.
Concerto for Chalumeau, 2 Oboes, Strings and Basso Continuo in B flat major, FWV L:B1 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Colin Lawson (Chalumeau)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
5.
Concerto in D major, FWV L:D14 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon), Lorraine Wood (Oboe), Andrew Clark (Natural Horn),
Christian Rutherford (French Horn), Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Sally Jackson (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto à 8 in D, FWV L: D1: I. Allegro

Sound Samples

Trumpet Concerto in D major FWV L:D1: 1. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D major FWV L:D1: 2. Largo
Trumpet Concerto in D major FWV L:D1: 3. Allegro
Concerto in C minor FWV L:c2: 1. Allegro
Concerto in C minor FWV L:c2: 2. Largo
Concerto in C minor FWV L:c2: 3. Allegro
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 1. []
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 2. Aria. Largo
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 3. Jardiniers
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 4. Aria. Largo
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 5. Aria. Allegro
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 6. Gavotte
Overture (Orchestral Suite) in G minor FWV K:g2: 7. Menuet
Concerto in B flat major FWV L:B1: 1. Largo - Un poco allegro
Concerto in B flat major FWV L:B1: 2. Largo
Concerto in B flat major FWV L:B1: 3. Allegro
Concerto in D major FWV L:D14: 1. Allegro
Concerto in D major FWV L:D14: 2. Largo
Concerto in D major FWV L:D14: 3. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Splendid November 8, 2012 By Susanne P. See All My Reviews "Wow.. this disc has quickly become one of my favourites. I was not very familiar with Fasch; I will look for more concertos, by The English Concert, of course." Report Abuse
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