Johann Wilhelm Hertel

Biography

Born: October 9, 1727; Eisenach   Died: June 14, 1789; Schwerin  
Hertel was a composer, violinist, and keyboard player who spent most of his life employed by the court of Schwerin in Germany. He was also an erudite writer who left behind theoretical treatises on music and translations of contemporary French and Italian essays on aesthetics and opera. He wrote an autobiographical account of his career valuable for the insight it provides into the musical and cultural life of northern Germany in the second half Read more of the eighteenth century.

Born in Eisenach in 1727, Hertel represented the third generation of a family of musicians; his father, Johann Christian Hertel, was a viola da gamba virtuoso and composer who frequently traveled throughout Germany and Holland as a performer. After studying with Johann Heinrich Heil, who was one of Johann Sebastian Bach's pupils, Hertel, then 12 years old, joined his father on concert tours as a harpsichord player. In 1742-1743, Hertel took lessons on the violin with Zerbst court konzertmeister Carl Höckh. At his father's behest, Hertel was to pursue a legal career in Leipzig upon completion of his studies with Höckh. However, during a visit to Berlin, Hertel met Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, whose music produced such an effect on the young composer that he resolved to pursue a career in music.

In 1744, Hertel joined his father at the court of Duke Adolph Frederick III in Mecklenburg-Strelitz as violinist and harpsichordist. He was granted a leave of absence by his patron in 1747 to further his music education at the opulent court of Frederick the Great; there he studied composition with Carl Heinrich Graun, the violin with Franz Benda, and the keyboard with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. In 1754 Hertel became court composer in Schwerin. The start of the Seven Years' War three years later, in which Schwerin was involved, suspended musical activities at the court. During this time Hertel published both literary and musical works, served in 1759-1760 as music director at the principal church in the city of Stralsund, and composed an occasional cantata on a text by Pietro Metastasio, Il vero omaggio, for the marriage of Princess Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz to the new King of England, Charles III. In 1762, Hertel resumed his position at the Schwerin court upon the departure of Prussian troops from the region. After the court was relocated to Ludwigslust in 1767, Hertel's primary responsibility was to compose and conduct the music to be performed at the twice weekly sacred music concerts.

The famous eighteenth century music lexicographer Ernst Ludwig Gerber characterized Hertel as one of the "most tasteful composers" active in the latter half of the century. A prolific composer, Hertel was notable in his day especially for his sacred works, and for his concertos for keyboard and for violin. On the latter instrument, he was considered to be one of the most accomplished proponents of the violin school of Franz Benda. Composing as he did during a time of transition before the full flowering of the Classical style, Hertel's works exemplified many aspects of Empfindsamkeit, a specifically north-German conception of the galant aesthetic. Read less
Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Die Geburt Jesu Christi
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777809   Number of Discs: 1
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Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Der Sterbende Heiland
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777874   Number of Discs: 1
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Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Jauchzet Dem Herrn Alle Welt - Sacred Works
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777732   Number of Discs: 1
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    Hasse, C.P.E. Bach, Hertel: Cello Concertos / Rudin, Musica Viva
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 813 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva
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    Dich Maria heut zu preisen / Kiendl, Dufresne, Duchtel
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 15069 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marianus Konigsperger,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Benedikt Biechteler  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Düchtel,  Mechthild Kiendl,  Anne Dufresne
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    Die Ludwig Guttler Edition / Virtuosi Saxoniae, Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300705 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Johann David Heinichen  ... 
    Performer:  Egbert Junghanns,  Dagmar Schellenberger,  Axel Köhler,  Friedrich Kircheis  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Thüringen Academy Choir,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis  ... 
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    Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Jauchzet Dem Herrn Alle Welt - Sacred Works
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777732 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Conductor:  Johannes Moesus
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    Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Der Sterbende Heiland
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777874 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
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    Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Die Geburt Jesu Christi
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777809 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
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    Vivaldi, Etc: Bassoon Concertos / Smith, Ledger, English Co
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Henry Hargrave,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Smith,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Essential Brass - Trumpet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Con Spirito
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7182 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Miho Fukui
    Conductor:  Dominik Kiefer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Basel
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    Oboe & Organ - Baroque Fantasies / Diego Fasolis, Omar Zoboli
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 25227 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel  ... 
    Performer:  Omar Zoboli,  Diego Fasolis
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    Concerti Curiosi / Charivari Agreable
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 249 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Domenico Paradies,  Antonin Reichenauer,  johan daniel berlin,  Johann Christoph Pepusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Kah-Ming Ng
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
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    Maurice Andre Edition - Concertos Vol. 1
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4695722 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Marcel Lagorce,  Lionel André,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Jean-François Paillard,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Ristenpart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.  ... 
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    Virtuosi In Concert Vol 3 / Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 17732 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Festliche Konzerte Fur Trompete Und Corno Da Caccia
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94812 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Mudge,  Sylvio Lazzari,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Mathias Schmutzler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Virtuosi Saxoniae Orchestra
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    Classical Dreams / Norrington, Winschermann,  Zhukov, Hartung, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8065 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Fernando Sor,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Antonio Meneses,  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Friedemann Wuttke  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Volker Hartung,  Roger Norrington,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  European Philharmonic Orchestra,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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    Ludwig Güttler Plays Trumpet Concertos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1315 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Mathias Sperger,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae Orchestra
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    Trumpet Concertos - Molter, Telemann, Hertel, Albinoni, Etc / Basch
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8060 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Basch,  Wolfgang Rübsam
    Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists
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    JC & JW Hertel: Trumpet Concertos / Bauer
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9011499 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Johann Christian Hertel
    Performer:  Wolfgang Bauer,  Christian Wetzel
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Bauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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  • 19.
    Greatest Works - Trumpet - Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Etc / Guttler, Kircheis, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Paul Hindemith,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Mathias Schmutzler,  Bernd Schober,  Erich Markwart,  Frank Mittag  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Bach Collegium Leipzig
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    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 120 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Banff Festival Strings,  Peter Bowman,  David Hickman,  Douglas Carlsen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Banff Festival Strings
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  • 21.
    Baroque Chamber Music - Hertel, Et Al / Guttler, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1389 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Francesco Mancini
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Leipzig
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  • 22.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Håkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 23.
    Classic Trumpet / Jens Lindemann
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81347 Release Date: 02/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Neruda,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Jens Lindemann,  Douglas McNabney,  Joel Quarrington,  Carole Sirois  ... 
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  • 24.
    Label: Cube Bohemia   Catalog: 2529 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Xaver Richter,  Michael Haydn,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel
    Performer:  Marek Zvolánek,  Drahomíra Pelantová
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Prague Collegium
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    Gemini - Music For Trumpet / Maurice André
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76954 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Alessandro Marcello,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Alfred Mitterhofer
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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