Roaming the Baroque
Music from the 17th and the 18th century. Today we feature music by Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), including a cantata for Sunday Reminiscere, part of the Passiontide.
Graupner initially established a career at the opera in Hamburg, and when Landgrave Ernst-Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt invited him to his court in 1709, he was supposed to compose operas there. However, his employer soon realised that he could not afford to perform operas. Therefore, Graupner had no other choice but to compose spiritual music and instrumental works. This resulted in an extensive oeuvre that has been preserved almost in its entirety.
The first work is the third cantata from a cycle of ten for the Passiontide, composed in 1741. It is followed by an overture with solo parts for traverso, viola d’amore and chalumeau.
Finally, we will listen to one of the four bassoon concertos Graupner composed for the virtuoso Johann Christian Klotsch.
1. Christus, der uns selig macht (GWV 1121/41), cantata for Sunday Reminiscere
(Betrachtungen über die Hauptumstände des großen Versöhnungsleidens unseres Erlösers, no. 3) Doerthe-Maria Sandmann, soprano. Marnix De Cat, alto. Jan Kobow, tenor. Dominik Wörner, bass. Solistenensemble Ex Tempore, Barockorchester Mannheimer Hofkapelle conducted by. Florian Heyerick
(CD: “Das Leiden Jesu – Passion Cantatas I” – CPO 555 071-2, 2017)
2. Ouverture for traverso, viola d’amore, chalumeau, strings and basso continuo in F major (GWV 450)
Petra Aminoff, traverso. Asko Heiskanen, chalumeau. Finnish Baroque Orchestra conducted by Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, viola d’amore
(CD: “Orchestral Suites” – Ondine ODE 1220-2, 2013)
3. Concerto for bassoon, strings and basso continuo in C minor (GWV 307)
Sergio Azzolini, bassoon. Ensemble il capriccio conducted by Friedemann Wezel
(CD: “Fagott- und Violinkonzerte” – Carus 83.443, 2011)Produced by: