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Johann Friedrich Fasch: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

Audio Samples

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for 2 Horns, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings, and Basso Continuo in D major, FWV D15
>     D15 (2 versions)
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Overture for orchestra in A minor, FWV K
>     a1
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in G minor, FWV M
>     g1
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for orchestra in G major, FWV L
>     G13

Album Summary

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for 2 Horns, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings, and Basso Continuo in D major, FWV D15
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Overture for orchestra in A minor, FWV K
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in G minor, FWV M
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for orchestra in G major, FWV L
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is Volume 2 in Chandos' series of orchestral works by Johann Friedrich Fasch, a contemporary of J.S. Bach and Telemann. In his day, his output in terms of cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber music was performed extensively across the German-speaking world, and Fasch was held in great esteem by Bach who owned copies of six of his orchestral suites, and arranged at least one of his piano trio sonatas for organ. Fasch, perhaps more than any other composer of the age, marks the transition from baroque to early classical. He was an initiator, and his music broke down the mould of the fugal style in favor of thematic development, which became the basis of romantic writing. Richard Stone of Tempesta di Mare describes his music as 'fantastic, true discoveries... they have the breadth and complexity of J.S. Bach without the austerity, and have a much more evolved sense of orchestral colour that is truly extraordinary'.

Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, performs baroque music on baroque instruments with what the Philadelphia City Paper describes as 'zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentation'. Under its artistic directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, and with Emlyn Ngai as concertmaster, the ensemble performs a repertoire ranging from staged opera with full orchestra to chamber music. The group performs without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Tempesta di Mare has been recording exclusively for Chandos since 2004, to worldwide popular and critical acclaim.

Gramophone Magazine
The playing, though stylish, has a slightly impersonal quality, resulting in the music sounding under-characterised. Nevertheless, there are some notable highlights: the G major Concerto's delightfully witty, syncopated opening Allegro; colourful variations of tone colour (and impressive horn-playing) in the grandiose D major Concerto, and in the Ouverture, after an impressive opening, some very appealing dance movements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pen.



Reviews

Fasch orchestral works vol. 2
One cannot predict the taste of music audiences; some composers have either retained popularity through the centuries, or have been "(re)discovered." In his time the Baroque German violinist and composer Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) was well respected by his contemporaries. Johann Sebastian Bach, now deemed to have been the greatest Baroque composer, made manuscript copies of a number of Fasch's pieces. Yet nowadays, most music-lovers scarcely know the names of Fasch or his son, Carl Friedrich Christian (1736-1800), who was also a composer.
Fasch traveled throughout Germany, became a violinist in the orchestra in Bayreuth in 1714 and held court posts in Greiz and Lukavec. In 1722 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Zerbst, a post he held until his death. His works include cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber music. None of his works was printed in his lifetime, and much of his output, including four operas, has been lost. In retrospect, he is today considered to be an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods.
During Fasch's life, his music was played all over the German-speaking world, from Hamburg and Danzig (now called Gdansk) in the north, to Bavaria and Vienna in the south. Fasch's melodic and harmonic gifts are evident in the charming and eloquent works on this CD, which contains two concertos (for ensemble), a Symphonia, and an Overture. It must be remembered that in the Baroque era little distinction was made between a suite and an overture. This A-minor Overture, comprising six movements, bears comparison with orchestral suites by J. S. Bach and Handel.
The performances are crisp and precise, and the recording is excellent. Recommended for those interested in the music of a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 12/10/11 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for 2 Horns, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings, and Basso Continuo in D major, FWV D15 :: D15 (2 versions)
  • Conductor: Richard Stone
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Overture for orchestra in A minor, FWV K :: a1
  • Conductor: Gwyn Roberts
  • Ensemble: Tempesta di Mare
  • Running Time: 25 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sinfonia, for strings & continuo in G minor, FWV M :: g1
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for orchestra in G major, FWV L :: G13
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live