Wilms - Flute Sonatas, op.15 | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG9032149

Wilms - Flute Sonatas, op.15


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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG9032149

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th July 2020



Helen Dabringhaus (flute)
Sebastian Berakdar (piano)


Wilms, Johann Wilhelm

Flute Sonatas (3), op.15


Helen Dabringhaus (flute)
Sebastian Berakdar (piano)


“Mirthful and very pleasantly written” is how a contemporary reviewer described the instrumental music of Johann Wilhelm Wilms (1772-1847).

Helen Dabringhaus and Sebastian Berakdar present the world premiere recording of the three Flute Sonatas op.15 by this German composer and Dutch resident-by-choice.

This enchanting programme is not only extremely entertaining, but also fills a gap in the history of reception between Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Born in Germany, the young Wilms soon made his way to Amsterdam, where he rapidly made a career as flautist, pianist, organist, and concert organiser. His marriage to the daughter of a very wealthy Amsterdam art collector shows the high reputation he enjoyed. Wilms only found time to compose on the side – a pity, really, because we know very little of his beautiful music.

The fact that Wilms, as a “foreigner”, composed the anthem of the newly founded Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1816 is proof of the esteem in which the industrious musician was held in his adopted country.

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