Music for a King: Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great | Channel Classics CCS41819

Music for a King: Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCS41819

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th April 2019

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About

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.

Florilegium:
- Ashley Solomon (baroque flute)
- Bojan Cicic (baroque violin)
- Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba)
- Jennifer Morsches (baroque cello)
- Terence Charlston (double-manual harpsichord)
- Julian Perkins (double-manual harpsichord, unfretted clavichord)

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