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Johann Kuhnau: Biblische Sonaten / Federico Caldara, harpsichord

Audio Samples

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 1 ("Der Streit zwishen David und Goliath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonata
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 2 ("Der von David vermittelst der Music curirte Saul") (from Biblischen Hist
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 3 ("Jobabs Heyrath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonataen)
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 4 ("Der todtkranke und wieder gesunde Hiskias") (from Biblischen Historien-S
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 5 ("Der Heyland Israelis
>     Gideon") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonataen)
>Kuhnau, Johann : Biblischer Historien (6)

Album Summary

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 1 ("Der Streit zwishen David und Goliath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonata
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 2 ("Der von David vermittelst der Music curirte Saul") (from Biblischen Hist
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 3 ("Jobabs Heyrath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonataen)
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 4 ("Der todtkranke und wieder gesunde Hiskias") (from Biblischen Historien-S
>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 5 ("Der Heyland Israelis
>Kuhnau, Johann : Biblischer Historien (6)
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Notes & Reviews:

This CD presents Johann Kuhnau's masterpiece, one of the most extraordinary examples of what would come to be called program music two centuries later. It is performed by the young harpsichordist Federico Caldara in its original, uncut version, including recitatives narrated by the actor, Luciano Bertoli. These texts, which have been adapted from the Old Italian language of the original, introduce the episodes that are then "described in music", bringing stories of love, battles and Biblical dramas to life. This is a unique and remarkable work by a composer who is still little known, but because of his importance in the development of the sonata for harpsichord, as well as the influence he had on Bach himself cannot continue to be underestimated.



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Works Details

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 1 ("Der Streit zwishen David und Goliath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonata
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 2 ("Der von David vermittelst der Music curirte Saul") (from Biblischen Hist
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 3 ("Jobabs Heyrath") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonataen)
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 4 ("Der todtkranke und wieder gesunde Hiskias") (from Biblischen Historien-S
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Kuhnau, Johann : Sonata for keyboard no 5 ("Der Heyland Israelis :: Gideon") (from Biblischen Historien-Sonataen)
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1700.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700

>Kuhnau, Johann : Biblischer Historien (6)
  • Performer: Federico Caldara (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700