Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) was highly regarded by his contemporaries (J.S. Bach owned copies of his compositions), and although he was largely forgotten after his death his reputation began to recover during the early 20th century. Fasch is seen as an innovator whose move from fugal writing to thematic development foreshadowed the achievements of Haydn and Mozart. His Overture Suites, following in the style of Telemann, consist of an overture followed by the customary set of dances. However, Fasch invests his works with considerably more melodic richness and far superior orchestral coloring and variety. The irresistible sound of three flutes makes the D minor suite a delicious experience indeed,Read more as do the beautiful melodies appointed by catchy rhythms. The B major suite is in a brighter mood, and the larger orchestra creates a slightly fuller sound picture. Here, as in the D minor suite, the changing orchestral palette keeps the dances continually captivating. A special treat is the tuneful and lively Concerto in D for two Corni da Caccia. Ludwig Güttler and Kurt Sandau play the unusual instrument, which sounds like a cross between a trumpet and French horn, with consummate skill and audible delight. The same can be said for Virtuosi Saxoniae which, under Güttler's direction, makes Fasch sound like he should be a household name. Berlin Classics' sound is demonstration class. This is baroque for everybody.
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Works on This Recording
Overture in D minorby Johann Friedrich Fasch Conductor:
Period: Baroque Written: 18th Century; Germany Date of Recording: 1986-87 Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany Length: 33 Minutes 35 Secs.
Overture in B majorby Johann Friedrich Fasch Conductor:
Period: Baroque Written: 18th Century; Germany Date of Recording: 1986-87 Venue: Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany Length: 25 Minutes 4 Secs.