Music For A King

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Tracklist

1.
Ricercar a 3 from Musical Offering BWV 1079
05:53
2.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 1 - Allegro ma non tanto
03:36
3.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 2 - Affetuoso
03:22
4.
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2 -20. Mvt 3 - Vivace
03:34
5.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 1 - Largo
03:32
6.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 2 - Poco allegro
05:15
7.
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B -XVII -53. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
05:27
8.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 1 - Amabile
04:05
9.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 2 - Allegro non tanto
05:11
10.
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV -XIV -14. Mvt 3 - Allegro alla Siciliano
05:50
11.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
05:42
12.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
04:49
13.
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo. Mvt 3 - Cantabile
03:45
14.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 1 - Adagio
03:07
15.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 2 - Allegro ma non troppo
05:59
16.
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo. Mvt 3 - Untitled
05:15
17.
Andantino con VII Variazioni in G major op. 17
14:21
18.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 1 - Andante
01:47
19.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 2 - Allegro
04:04
20.
Duetto in G major Wq.150 - H.598. Mvt 3 - Allegretto
03:04

Description

Frederick the Great himself is known to have composed one hundred and twenty-one flute sonatas, four flute concertos, a symphony, various arias and an overture. These works were written in the mixed style advocated by Quantz in an attempt to blend Italian music of the senses with French music of reason. The king’s love of music was real and genuine, and he desired and ensured that others should enjoy it in the same way. As a performer he was probably one of the most distinguished amateurs ever. As a composer he wrote nothing eminent or really original, though some pieces exuded a certain beauty and charm. However, this recording promotes the extraordinary talent of the musicians and composers he surrounded himself with at court, the luminaries of the 18th century, all brought together by one of the greatest musical patrons that ever lived.

– Ashley Solomon
from: Liner Notes

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Production

Jared Sacks, Ashley Solomon

Recording engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

St. Michael’s Highgate, London UK

Recording date

November 2018

Analog to digital converter

DSD Super Audio / Horus / DSD 256fs

Recording format

DSD 256

Recording notes

Thanks to foundation sponsors:</strong><br>Julian and Annette Armstrong, Margaret and James Lancaster, Stefan Paetke, Sue and Bill Robson, Alan Sainer<br><strong>Thanks to donors:<br>Royal College of Music, Diana Allison, Lord Guy Black of Brentwood, Cynthia Butterworth, Jeremy Furniss & Alethea Siow, Andrew Haines, Sue Howell, Andrew Lawton, Allan Murray-Jones, Sir Simon and Lady Victoria Robey Obe, Marion and Peter Stephenson, Jane Wilson, Rikki Wolpowitz, Max Wong

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis, custom design

Cables

Van den Hul

Editing

Jared Sacks

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering equiment

Amplifier: Classe 5200, Cables: Van den Hul (exclusive use of Van den Hul cables)

Speakers

Grimm LS1

Press reviews

Scherzo

(…) Solomon plays with articulatory detail, great sound beauty and good phrasing in an interesting Müthel and in a nice duet of his friend C.P.E Bach. The flutist shows complete stylistic communion with the violin of Bojan Cicic: they never break down the gesture or take big risks, but everything is where it should be, thus placing the versions in a very English point of beauty, elegance (…)

BBC Music Magazine 6.25 out of 5

“Florilegium unveils some less familiar but always felicitous music, ranging from the fragile sounds of a solo clavichord to a vibrant quintet for the unusual scoring of flute, violin, gamba, cello and harpsichord (…) the ensemble’s playing really takes wing in JG Graun’s Quintet, with its filmy textures and mercurial changes of mood”

Gramophone

This latest from Florilegium is such a musicological feast that it had three quarters won me over before I even pressed ‘play’. It is a wide-ranging two disc celebration of Frederick the Great’s talents as a connoisseur of music and talent-spotter of luminary-calibre musicians.

Algemeen Dagblad

(…) Prachtig spel, op onder meer het niet vaak gehoorde clavichord.

Opus Klassiek

It is sometimes said that a lot of baroque music is alike, but this album makes it clear that not only have many paths led to the Sanssouci court of Frederick the Great but also that every composer thus represented was indeed capable of individual creativity.

We know Florilegium is a top ensemble specializing in baroque music. This album is no exception. Not only is the technical side is taken care of to perfection, but there is also sparkling music. This is the baroque style performed at its best!

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