Heinichen: Flavio Crispo, ed. Maxwell Sobel


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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Prima la musica! catalogue for March 2021

THE LATEST volumes of the Ensemble Diderot Collection are now available: two volumes of trio sonatas from Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's op. 2 (recorded on Audax Records).

Be sure to check out their new page for further details.

Our new Ensemble Diderot Collection
Notturna CD of Janitsch, Krause and Graun

Another exciting collaboration

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.

First page of the Zerbst chapel Verzeichnisse

latest additions

If you have any ideas for new editions, we would be delighted to hear about them!

Michael Pilkington: Figured Bass at the Keyboard (a step-by-step guide to accompaniment)

Johann Ernst Altenburg (c. 1770): Six keyboard sonatas

Capricornus: Salve Jesu summa bonus (for soprano, obbligato gamba & continuo)

Donati: Five motets for solo soprano (Hodie nata est, O admirabile commercium, O anima mea, Si bona suscepimus, Vidi turbam magnam).

Endler: Three sinfonie in D [END003, END016, END028], an Ouverture in D and an Ouverture in E flat with tenor oboes

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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