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Benda: Sonatas, Sonatinas, & Songs / Edita Keglerová, harpsichord; Ivana Bitej-Broutková, sop.; Helena Zemanová, violin

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  1. Benda — Sonata for Harpsichord in F Major: I. Allegro assai moderato - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Benda — Sonata for Harpsichord in F Major: II. Andantino un poco larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Benda — Sonata for Harpsichord in F Major: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Benda — Mit Lauretten, seiner Freude $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Benda — Sonatina in B-Flat Major: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Benda — Du, kleine, Blondine bezauberst ja schon $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Benda — Sonatina in F Major: Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Benda — Mir Armen, den des Fiebers Kraft $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Benda — Sonatina in D Major: Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Benda — Hüpft, ihr wollenreichen Herden $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Benda — Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G Major: I. Mezzo allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Benda — Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G Major: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Benda — Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G Major: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Benda — Mein Geliebter hat versprochen $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Benda — Sonatina in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Benda — Romanze: Ein Mädchen, das auf Ehre hielt $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Benda — Sonata in C Minor: I. Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Benda — Sonata in C Minor: II. Un poco largo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Benda — Sonata in C Minor: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Benda — Ich liebte nur Ismenen $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Benda — Sonatina in C Major: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Benda — Heraklit, gleich stumpfen Greisen $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Benda — Sonata in F Major: I. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Benda — Sonata in F Major: II. Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Benda — Sonata in F Major: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in F major (Sammlung 4/1)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Mit Lauretten, seiner Freude, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 3/3)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in B flat major (Allegro moderato; Sammlung 1/10)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Du kleine Blondine, bezauberst ja schon!, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/14)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in F major (Andantino; Sammlung 1/4)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Mir Armen, denn des Fiebers Kraft, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 3/6)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in D major (Rondeau - Andante; Sammlung 1/3)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Hüpft, ihr wollereichen Herden, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/2)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonata for violin & harpsichord in G major (Sammlung 2/3)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Mein Geliebter hat versprochen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/8)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord no 16 in G minor (Allegro; Sammlung 3/11)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Ein Mädchen, das auf Ehre hielt, romanze for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/15)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in C minor (Sammlung 4/16)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Ich liebte nur Ismenen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 5/7)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in C major (Mezzo allegro; Sammlung 1/6)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Heraklit, gleich stumpfen Greisen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 5/15)
>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in F major (Sammlung 5/10)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jirí Antonín Benda spent his prime years at King Friedrich II's court orchestra in Berlin and serving as court Kapellmeister in Gotha, yet his works were an integral part of 18th-century Prague's musical landscape. The Czech capital frequently hosted performances of his singspiels, while prints of his compositions were in high demand too. Benda was best known for his melodramas and singspiels, whose novel and striking forcibility even enthralled the young Mozart ("You know that Benda has always been my favorite Lutheran Kapellmeister," wrote Wolfgang to this father). The greatest impact on Benda's keyboard music was made by his Berlin colleague Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The first of the six volumes of Benda's "Sammlung" was published in 1780. Besides sonatas and sonatinas for "piano" (meaning any keyboard instrument, most frequently the harpsichord), the collection contained arias from church pieces, sonatas for several instruments, and songs. It was an extraordinary success and when it comes to the number of subscribers, it even outstripped C. P. E. Bach's similarly conceived collection of sonatas, which started to be published a year earlier. Benda's music is enchanting in its simplicity, impressive expression, gallantry and wit. The artists who made this recording have immersed themselves in Benda's musical universe and, bringing to bear their ample performing experience, have succeeded in relaying its irresistible charm. The magic of simplicity. That's Jirí Antonín Benda's music.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Jiri Antonin Benda (1722-95) was a Czech but spent almost his entire career in northern Germany, first in Berlin, where he joined his older brother Frantisek, and then in Gotha and various other Thuringian cities. He Benda is best known for his singspiels, but this program is devoted to a delightful mixture of keyboard works, a violin sonata, and songs, all taken from publications from 1780 to 1787.

Benda's sonatas and sonatinas show the influence of CPE Bach's empfindsamer stil. Melodies tend to prevail through decorative scale-like elaboration. Vocal music ranges from simple, strophic settings to through-composition. Strophic form and repetitive phrasing tends to give songs like 'Du Kleine, Blondine' and 'Hnpft, Ihr Wollenreichen Herden' a pleasant, easy character. On the other hand, Benda pairs through-composed form with minor modality to give 'Mir Armen, den des Fiebers Kraft' a serious tone, which is ironic given its ridiculous subject. This release is part of a series called Music from 18th-Century Prague. Texts and notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jicín Chateau (05/2013/07/2014).



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>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in F major (Sammlung 4/1)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Mit Lauretten, seiner Freude, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 3/3)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in B flat major (Allegro moderato; Sammlung 1/10)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Du kleine Blondine, bezauberst ja schon!, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/14)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Hana Fleckova (Cello); Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in F major (Andantino; Sammlung 1/4)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Mir Armen, denn des Fiebers Kraft, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 3/6)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Marek Stryncl (Cello)
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in D major (Rondeau - Andante; Sammlung 1/3)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Hüpft, ihr wollereichen Herden, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/2)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Marek Stryncl (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonata for violin & harpsichord in G major (Sammlung 2/3)
  • Performers: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Helena Zemanová (Violin)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Mein Geliebter hat versprochen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/8)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Marek Stryncl (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord no 16 in G minor (Allegro; Sammlung 3/11)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Ein Mädchen, das auf Ehre hielt, romanze for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 4/15)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Hana Fleckova (Cello); Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in C minor (Sammlung 4/16)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Ich liebte nur Ismenen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 5/7)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Marek Stryncl (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Sonatina for harpsichord in C major (Mezzo allegro; Sammlung 1/6)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Heraklit, gleich stumpfen Greisen, for voice & keyboard (Sammlung 5/15)
  • Performers: Ivana Broukova; Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord); Marek Stryncl (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Benda, Georg Anton : Keyboard Sonata in F major (Sammlung 5/10)
  • Performer: Edita Keglerova (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical