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The Musical Treasures Of Leufsta Bruk Vol 2 / Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1975  
Composer:  Giuseppe TartiniGottfried KellerGeorge Frideric HandelJohan Helmich Roman,   ... 
Performer:  Nils-Erik SparfBjorn GafvertOlle TorssanderMime Yamahiro-Brinkmann,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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THE MUSICAL TREASURES OF LEUFSTA BRUK 2 Nils-Erik Sparf (vn); dir; Drottningholm Bar Ens (period instruments) BIS 1975 (77:22)


TARTINI Violin Concertos: No. 2 in e; No. 4 in D. KELLER Sonata No. 1 in d. HANDEL Ottone: Duet. ROMAN Flute Sonata No. 4 in G. Read more class="COMPOSER12">JOHNSEN Sonata No. 3 in E?. Church Music for Easter Day 1757. ANON Sonata in c


Leufsta bruk (or Lövstabruk) is a small town near Uppsala, Sweden, that was the site of a major iron foundry during the 17th century. At the tail end of the Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden (1700–19), Russian Czarist forces attacked the town and destroyed the foundry and manor house of Leufsta, home to the local nobility. What was left of the estate quickly passed to the nearest living relative, a Dutchman named Charles de Geer. Charles was a noted scientist and patron of the arts, and when he arrived from Amsterdam around 1720 or 1721, he resolved to rebuild both the foundry and the manor house. Charles brought with him a retinue of musicians and a large collection of printed music; the latter eventually passed to the library of the University of Uppsala. A sampling of that music can be heard on the present CD, also on Volume 1 (BIS 1526), a disc that was missed by Fanfare when it was issued in 2006.


To judge from the selections recorded here, Charles had excellent musical tastes, and sought out only the most progressive, up-to-date material for his library. He and his son were also accomplished keyboardists, to judge from the keyboard pieces in the collection that they are known to have played. Noteworthy is Charles’s predilection for the music of Tartini, who represented the vanguard in contemporary Italian violin music. Two of Tartini’s demanding violin concertos are included on this CD. Even more forward-looking is the C-Minor sonata for two flutes by Gottfried Keller; the ink was scarcely dry on this one when Charles sailed for Sweden. Charles was also a lover of opera, and although full-scale opera productions were a rarity in northern Sweden at the time, he made up for it by programming Walsh’s arrangements of Handel’s arias, which had just begun to appear in print. No collection of Swedish Baroque music would be complete without something by Johan Helmich Roman, dubbed the Swedish Handel. The Flute Sonata in G demonstrates the skillful charm of this composer. Finally, there are some eye-opening items, such as the anonymous Sturm und Drang Cello Sonata in C Minor, and the two works by Hinrich Philip Johnsen (1717–79), one of the leading Swedish keyboard composers of the Baroque era.


For as long as I can remember, noted Baroque violinist Nils-Erik Sparf has been the leader of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble. (I felt it was necessary to list him as such in the headnote, even though this attribution is missing from the CD jacket.) Sparf plays the two Tartini concertos with hair-raising virtuosity—surely the highlight of the disc. Nearly as impressive is Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann’s rendition of the darkly dramatic cello sonata by Anonymous. The two flute players, Björg Ollén and Olle Torssander—who also double on recorder in the Keller—play with ravishing tone and apt expression. As good as the performances are, the most outstanding feature of this CD has to be the recorded sound. You will likely never hear a Baroque ensemble presented with greater clarity and realism than it is here. BIS certainly has a reputation for the utmost in sound engineering, but has outdone itself on this CD.


In short, a CD jam-packed with vibrant music of the Baroque in exciting, idiomatic performances, presented in ultra-realistic sound. What more could you want?


FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, D 55 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
2.
Trio Sonata no 1 in D minor by Gottfried Keller
Performer:  Bjorn Gafvert (Organ), Olle Torssander (Recorder), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello),
Bjorg Ollen (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
3.
Sonata for Cello and Keyboard in C minor by Gottfried Keller
Performer:  Bjorn Gafvert (Organ), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
4.
Ottone, HWV 15: A teneri affetti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bjorn Gafvert (Organ), Olle Torssander (Recorder), Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello),
Bjorg Ollen (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; London, England 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D major, D 15 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; Padua, Italy 
6.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 4 in G major by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord), Olle Torssander (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 
7.
Sonata for Keyboard no 3 by Henrik Philip Johnsen
Performer:  Bjorn Gafvert (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
8.
Church Music - Easter Sunday 1757: Grave - Allegro by Henrik Philip Johnsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
9.
Church Music - Easter Sunday 1757: Till utgang by Henrik Philip Johnsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 1, No. 2, D. 55: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 1, No. 2, D. 55: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 1, No. 2, D. 55: III. Allegro
Sonata a 3 No. 1 in D minor: I. Adagio
Sonata a 3 No. 1 in D minor: II. Allegro
Sonata a 3 No. 1 in D minor: III. Vivace
Sonata a 3 No. 1 in D minor: IV. Presto
Cello Sonata in C minor: I. Adagio – Presto
Cello Sonata in C minor: II. Aria con sua variatione
Cello Sonata in C minor: III. Menuet
Cello Sonata in C minor: IV. Gigue
Ottone, re di Germania, HWV 15: Act III: A' teneri affetti (arr. for chamber ensemble): Ottone, re di Germania, HWV 15, Act III: A' teneri affetti (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 4, D. 15: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 4, D. 15: II. Cantabile
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 1, No. 4, D. 15: III. Allegro
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: I. Largo
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: II. Allegro
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: III. Larghetto
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: IV. Vivace
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: V. Allegro
Flute Sonata No. 4 in G major: VI. Non presto
Keyboard Sonata No. 3
Kyrkomusik pa paskdagen 1757 (Church Music - Easter Sunday 1757) (arr. for chamber ensemble): I. Grave - II. Allegro
Kyrkomusik pa paskdagen 1757 (Church Music - Easter Sunday 1757) (arr. for chamber ensemble): V. Till utgang

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