This opera caused a bit of a stir in 1719 – Heinichen hadn't quite finished writing it when two of the leading singers had a tantrum about the clumsy way he'd set some of the Italian text. When the Saxon Elector heard about the argument, he dismissed the singers and the entire project was shelved. With a cast of seven principles and an orchestra of horns, flutes, recorders, oboes and strings which Heinichen deploys with considerable skill, this three-act work can now be heard to full advantage on a recording by Il Gusto Barocco.
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Christopher Palameta and his colleagues in Notturna have been passionate champions of the music of mid-18th-century Berlin, especially trios and quartets by Johann Gottlieb Janitsch. Having provided many of the editions for their recordings, we are now beginning to publish them so that anyone can enjoy them. First up are two trios by Janitsch, and a third by Christian Gottfried Krause.
MEANWHILE Brian is very busy, transcribing and translating a volume of records from Anhalt-Zerbst, where Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) was Kapellmeister for 36 years. In time, all of the surviving cantatas he wrote for a cycle in 1736 will be published, along with other pieces required by the liturgy there – masses, a Te Deum, and hymns by composers from Zerbst.
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Johann Ernst Altenburg (c. 1770): Six keyboard sonatas
Capricornus: Salve Jesu summa bonus (for soprano, obbligato gamba & continuo)
Jantisch: Trio sonatas in G and A minor (oboe, violin, continuo)Krause: Quartet in F (oboe, bassoon, violin, cello) and Trio in D minor (oboe, violin, continuo)
Merula: Credidi (a psalm setting for SATB and continuo)
Mondonville: Trio sonatas op. 2 in two volumes
Quentin: 12 trios from his op. 8 and op. 15 sets of sonatas in three and four parts
Stölzel: Two cantatas – Ich haben meinen König eingesetzt (for the 1st Sunday in Advent) and Befiehl dem Herrn deine Wege (for the 1740 funeral of dowager duchess, Magdalena Augusta of Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg)
Telemann: Sonata [=Concerto] for 2 violins & strings TWV 52: B2, Passiontide cantata, Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus
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