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Graupner / Genevieve Soly, Les Idees Heureuses


Release Date: 03/18/2003 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 23162   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Mathieu LussierIngrid SchmithüsenGeneviève SolyHélène Plouffe
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) is another one of those unfortunate victims of fate and circumstance--a contemporary of Bach, Handel, Telemann, etc., who has remained largely--and unfairly--neglected. However, with a new series of recordings, Analekta is attempting to bring this deserving composer to our attention. A previous release of harpsichord works received Classicstoday.com's highest rating--and indeed, this new program of solo vocal and chamber instrumental pieces upholds the qualitative standard of that effort while revealing Graupner's considerable facility for writing in other genres.


Ingrid Schmithüsen's light, bright, well-focused, Emma Kirkby-ish soprano brings a vital and spirited presence to
Read more the cantata Ach Gott und Herr, and offers bold characterization to the selections from Graupner's opera Dido, Queen of Carthage. Throughout this program, we can't help but be aware of stylistic influences: the bassoon concerto's final movement is a sparkling, lighthearted Handelian allegro; but the next track--the Largo opening of the harpsichord/violin sonata--recalls one of Bach's more introspective expressions.

The Sonata a quattro, a charming piece for a quartet of strings, is structured in four movements whose catchy tunes and danceable rhythms strike very pleasingly on the ear. And the final piece, a concerto for recorder and strings, is a finely crafted, instantly appealing gem. Its only drawback--and it's a significant one--is the ever-so-slightly-flat recorder, especially bothersome in the slow second movement. Nevertheless, the sound engineering is excellent and the performances are uniformly outstanding. And for those of us who are unfamiliar with Graupner's place in music history, the liner notes are extremely well organized and informative.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, GWV 340 by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1731; Darmstadt, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Recorder in F major, GWV 323 by Christoph Graupner
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735-1737; Darmstadt, Germany 
3.
Ach Gott und Herr by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Darmstadt, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G minor, GWV 711 by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Geneviève Soly (Harpsichord), Hélène Plouffe (Violin)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Darmstadt, Germany 
5.
Sonata a quattro in G major, GWV 212 by Christoph Graupner
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1744; Darmstadt, Germany 
6.
Dido, Königin von Carthago: Armseelige Königin by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Hamburg, Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Dido, Königin von Carthago: Wenn in Kerkers banger Gruft by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Hamburg, Germany 
Language: German 
8.
Dido, Königin von Carthago: Die wütende Rache schniedt donnernde Pfeile by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Hamburg, Germany 
Language: German 
9.
Dido, Königin von Carthago: Alma tradita by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Geneviève Soly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble des Idées Heureuses
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Hamburg, Germany 
Language: German 

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