Romanus Weichlein - Opus 1 1695 | Alpha ALPHA212

Romanus Weichlein - Opus 1 1695


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA212

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th September 2015



Ensemble Masques


Olivier Fortin


Bohm, Georg

Capriccio in D major

Kerll, Johann Kasper

Ciacona in C major (trans. 2 harpsichords)

Kuhnau, Johann

Sonata in B flat major (trans. 2 harpsichords)
» Ciaccona

Muffat, Georg

Passacaglia in G minor

Pachelbel, Johann

Ciaconna in D minor

Weichlein, Romanus

Enceniae Musices: 12 Sonatas, op.1
» Sonata III in A minor
» Sonata II in G minor
» Sonata IX in D minor
» Sonata VI in F major
» Sonata XI in B minor


Ensemble Masques


Olivier Fortin


After a first disc devoted to Schmelzer, enthusiastically hailed by the critics (‘Editor’s Choice’ Gramophone, ‘Choc’ of Classica), the Ensemble Masques, conducted by Olivier Fortin, returns to Alpha with a programme combining works by Muffat, Kerll and Pachelbel along with those of a composer who has remained largely unknown and totally forgotten: Romanus Weichlein (1652–1706).

Benedictine monk, prefect and official composer of the Benedictine abbey of Säben, Romanus Weichlein left several collections of sonatas and masses as well as large chaconnes, magnificent works in the tradition of his compatriots Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský and Georg Muffat.

In this new programme, Masques presents both ensemble pieces and others for solo or two harpsichords (the second harpsichord being played by Skip Sempé), always featuring the expressiveness, eloquence and profound interpretation for which it is known.

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