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Fasch: Overtures & Concerto In D, Sonatas For Oboes & Bassoon

Fasch / Glaetzner / Guettler / Glaetzner
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94673   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Ludwig GüttlerKurt SandauAndreas LorenzWolfgang Klier,   ... 
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fame is a strange thing. Although Johann Friedrich Fasch was highly esteemed by his contemporaries and the generations of musicians who followed him, in the concert repertoire of today he is grouped together with many minor masters who wrote a lot of works that sadly communicate very little. Yet music scholar Johann Adolf Scheibe put Fasch into the same class as Telemann, and J.S. Bach possessed copies of several of the composer's works. This release therefore aims to expose the genius of Fasch, and in doing so to help restore appreciation for what has become a largely forgotten corpus of deftly written, utterly absorbing music.

Fasch made his name largely through his overtures, works which in the 17th and 18th centuries
Read more referred to a series of dance movements prefaced by an extensive introduction of pompous gravity. Two are explored in this release -- the Overture in D minor and the Overture in B flat 'a due cori', arranged by M. Fechner and E. Steinsdorff respectively -- and they are followed by a selection of Fasch's sonatas for two oboes and bassoon, with and without basso continuo, works whose details (such as free, fantasy-like episodes to be played at a slow pace) reveal a rich field for experimentation. A Concerto in D and a Sonata for 2 oboes and 2 bassoons also feature, and overall one is struck by this composer's highly personal style of chamber music -- a stark contrast to the ingratiating melodies and harmonic suavity of his large-scale instrumental pieces.

Recorded during 1986--87, the overtures and Concerto in D are played by esteemed ensemble Virtuosi Saxoniae (all members of the Staatskapelle Dresden) under the directorship of renowned trumpeter Ludwig Güttler. The sonatas complete the all-German line-up of musicians; renowned oboists Burkhard Glaetzner and Ingo Goritzki feature among others.

Other information:
- Recorded: 1986--1987, Lukaskirche, Dresden; 1987, Studio, Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig.
- A tribute to a neglected German Baroque master, who was highly esteemed by J.S. Bach, and whose output was found equal in quality to that of Telemann according to the scholar Johann Scheibe.
- This set features large scale orchestral overtures, in the grand style of Handel's Water Music and Bach's Orchestral Suites. The oboe sonatas, written for 2 oboes and a rich continuo, show a highly original composer who gives his fantasy and imagination free reign.
- Superb performances by the Early Music group Virtuosi Saxoniae conducted by Ludwig Güttler (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and oboists Burkhardt Glaetzner and Ingo Goritzki, seconded by the expert continuo of Christine Schornsheim and Siegfried Pank.
- Excellent liner notes written by experts in this field. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in D minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986-87 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Overture in B major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986-87 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Horns, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major "The Hunt" by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Ludwig Güttler (Hunting Horn), Kurt Sandau (Hunting Horn), Andreas Lorenz (Oboe),
Wolfgang Klier (Oboe), Hans-Peter Steger (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1986-87 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in G minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord),
Siegfried Pank (Bass Viola da gamba), Thomas Reinhardt (Bassoon), Achim Beyer (Violone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
5.
Sonata for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in F major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Thomas Reinhardt (Bassoon), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
6.
Sonata for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in B flat major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Achim Beyer (Violone), Siegfried Pank (Bass Viola da gamba), Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord),
Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Thomas Reinhardt (Bassoon), Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
7.
Sonata for 2 Oboes and Basso Continuo in D minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Siegfried Pank (Bass Viola da gamba), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
8.
Sonata for 2 Oboes and 2 Bassoons in F major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Thomas Reinhardt (Bassoon), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe),
Lutz Klepel (Bassoon)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
9.
Sonata for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in F major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Christine Schornsheim (Harpsichord), Thomas Reinhardt (Bassoon), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe),
Achim Beyer (Violone), Siegfried Pank (Bass Viola da gamba), Burkhard Glaetzner (Oboe)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 

Sound Samples

Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): II. Air I
Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): III. Gavotte
Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): IV. Air II
Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): V. Jardiniers
Overture (Suite) in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): VI. Menuet I - alternativement - Menuet II
Concerto for 2 Corno da caccia, 2 Oboes and Bassoon in D Major (arr. M. Fechner): I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Corno da caccia, 2 Oboes and Bassoon in D Major (arr. M. Fechner): II. Andante
Concerto for 2 Corno da caccia, 2 Oboes and Bassoon in D Major (arr. M. Fechner): III. Allegro
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): I. Ouverture
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): II. Air I
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): III. Bourree
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): IV. Air II
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): V. Menuett I - Menuett II
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): VI. Air III
Overture (Suite) in B Major (arr. E. Steinsdorf): VII. Passepied I - Passepied II
Trio Sonata in G Minor (arr. M. Fechner): I. Largo
Trio Sonata in G Minor (arr. M. Fechner): II. Allegro un poco
Trio Sonata in G Minor (arr. M. Fechner): III. Largo
Trio Sonata in G Minor (arr. M. Fechner): IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F Major: I. Largo
Trio Sonata in F Major: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F Major: III. Largo
Trio Sonata in F Major: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F Major: V. Allegro
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major (arr. M. Fechner): I. Andante
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major (arr. M. Fechner): II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major (arr. M. Fechner): III. Largo
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major (arr. M. Fechner): IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): I. Andante
Trio Sonata in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): II. Un poco allegro
Trio Sonata in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): III. Largo
Trio Sonata in D Minor (arr. M. Fechner): IV. Allegro
Sonata for 2 Oboes and 2 Bassoons in F Major: I. Andante
Sonata for 2 Oboes and 2 Bassoons in F Major: II. Allegro
Sonata for 2 Oboes and 2 Bassoons in F Major: III. Largo
Sonata for 2 Oboes and 2 Bassoons in F Major: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F Major (arr. M. Fechner): I. Largo
Trio Sonata in F Major (arr. M. Fechner): II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in F Major (arr. M. Fechner): III. Largo
Trio Sonata in F Major (arr. M. Fechner): IV. Allegro

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