In the first half of the 18th century, Dresden was well known for the excellence of its music organizations, which drew the finest players and singers from all over Europe. Bach aspired for a position there while in Leipzig working on music which would become part of his B Minor Mass, and so written with the capacity of the Dresden instrumental and vocal ensembles in mind. Renowned violinist Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755) was concertmaster of the Dresden court orchestra at this time. Many of the leading composers of the day wrote concertos inspired by Pisendel's virtuosity. Here we have a beautifully recorded program from the little Raum Klang record label bringing us four of these Pisendel-inspired works, as well as one by Pisendel himself.
This collection of exhilarating concertos comes from the high baroque, a period most of us can agree produced some of the most enjoyable music in history. Listeners interested in hearing something new from this time will find four world premiere recordings here, one each from Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann David Heinichen, Georg Fridrich Handel, and the man who is the subject of the collection, Johann Georg Pisendel. Also included is a concerto by Telemann, one of his most technically challenging and musically interesting, inspired by the virtuosity of the young violinist at his peak.
Violinist Johannes Pramsohler is the concertmaster and solo violinist of the International Baroque Players recorded here. The performances are excellent, recorded in a live but not too boomy space, and in great sound from Raum Klang.
In the eighteenth century, August the Strong established a musical center at the court of Dresden that attracted musicians from throughout the world, and which boasted an orchestra that was as technically accomplished as it was musically outstanding: the Dresden Court Chapel. It was in this environment that concertmaster and violin virtuoso Johann Georg Pisendel composed his virtuoso Violin Concert, as did also his famous contemporaries Handel, Telemann, Fasch, and Heinichen.
Having survived the turmoil of a number of wars, these concertos, preserved in Dresden’s famous "Schrank II", have received refreshingly vivid and multifaceted first recordings by Johannes Pramsohler and the International Baroque Players, and show themselves to be impressive treasures of the Baroque era in Dresden!
Johann Georg Pisendel was the leading German violinist of his day. Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann and Tomaso Albinoni all dedicated violin concerti to him. Johann Georg Pisendel was born on the 26th December 1687 in Cadolzburg where his father was Cantor. For more information, please visit http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/acc/pisendel.php.
George Frideric Handel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Johann David Heinichen
Johannes Pramsohler, violin
Violin: Johannes Pramsohler
“I want my music to be inspirational and move people, but I also want to remove centuries worth of dust from forgotten and neglected masterpieces. There are such wonderful compositions that have never been recorded and it is incredibly rewarding to share these discoveries with the audience.” For more information, please visit http://johannespramsohler.com/.
International Baroque Players
Performers: International Baroque Players
Born out of a meeting of talent, enthusiasm and friendship, the International Baroque Players represent countries from all over the world. Their different backgrounds and influences make the rehearsal and performance processes a truly dynamic experience. For more information, please visit http://internationalbaroqueplayers.com/.
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Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto in D Major - 1. Allegro