Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fasch, Johann Friedrich. (1688-1758) Overture Symphonies.

New acquisition.
Bought in May 2017.
First listen: 20-5-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: April 2013.
Recording venue: Katharina Saal der Stadthalle Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany.
Recording engineer: Mathias Metzner & Robert Baldowski.
Running time: 75:27.
Relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Overture Symphony:
In D major, for 3 Trumpets, timpani, 2 Horns, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & BC.
In G major, for 2 Oboes, bassoon, strings & BC.
In F major, for 2 Horns,2 oboes, bassoon, strings, & BC. (World premiere recording)
In G major, for 2 Horns in G, 2 horns in D, 3 oboes, bassoon, strings, & BC. (World premiere rec.)
In D major, for 3 Trumpets, Timpani, 2 horns, 2 oboes, 2 flutes, bassoon, strings, & BC. (WPR)

Performed by: 
Les Amis de Philippe, Ludger Rémy.

It is always a novelty to listen to music by Johann Friedrich Fasch, and more so as there are 3 world premiere recordings on this disc. And with this ensemble you do not run the risk of getting performances lacking in quality and refinement. I thought that the somewhat raw sound of the authentic brass sounded very much in place. It simply adds to the general attractiveness of the music, after all this is what they heard in 18th century. The music has both an aura of magic and refinement. The readings are fluid and all has a clear toned sound. The quality and strength of this ensemble lies in the dedication to whatever is on their plate. Elegant ornamentations and a perfectly judged ebb and flow swell. Faster passage work sounding so at ease that its true complexity often washes over you. There is a chattering dialogue going on that invigorates. Overall there is a real sense of music happening to charm and impress.
Delightfully and playfully presented, well almost seduced by this fine ensemble.





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