Fasch: Instrumental music

Fasch: Instrumental music
Composer Johann Friedrich Fasch
Artist Ludwig Güttler corno da caccia I & concert master
Kurt Sandau corno da caccia II
Andreas Lorenz oboe I
Wolfgang Klier oboe II
Hans-Peter Steger bassoon
Virtuosi Saxoniae
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94673
EAN code 5028421946733
Release June 2013

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Fame is a strange thing. Although Johann Friedrich Fasch was highly esteemed by his contemporaries and the generations of musicians who followed him, in the concert repertoire of today he is grouped together with many minor masters who wrote a lot of works that sadly communicate very little. Yet music scholar Johann Adolf Scheibe put Fasch into the same class as Telemann, and J.S. Bach possessed copies of several of the composer’s works. This release therefore aims to expose the genius of Fasch, and in doing so to help restore appreciation for what has become a largely forgotten corpus of deftly written, utterly absorbing music.

Fasch made his name largely through his overtures, works which in the 17th and 18th centuries referred to a series of dance movements prefaced by an extensive introduction of pompous gravity. Two are explored in this release – the Overture in D minor and the Overture in B flat ‘a due cori’, arranged by M. Fechner and E. Steinsdorff respectively – and they are followed by a selection of Fasch’s sonatas for two oboes and bassoon, with and without basso continuo, works whose details (such as free, fantasy-like episodes to be played at a slow pace) reveal a rich field for experimentation. A Concerto in D and a Sonata for 2 oboes and 2 bassoons also feature, and overall one is struck by this composer’s highly personal style of chamber music – a stark contrast to the ingratiating melodies and harmonic suavity of his large-scale instrumental pieces.

Recorded during 1986–87, the overtures and Concerto in D are played by esteemed ensemble Virtuosi Saxoniae (all members of the Staatskapelle Dresden) under the directorship of renowned trumpeter Ludwig Güttler. The sonatas complete the all-German line-up of musicians; renowned oboists Burkhard Glaetzner and Ingo Goritzki feature among others.

Other information:
- Recorded: 1986–1987, Lukaskirche, Dresden; 1987, Studio, Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig.
- A tribute to a neglected German Baroque master, who was highly esteemed by J.S. Bach, and whose output was found equal in quality to that of Telemann according to the scholar Johann Scheibe.
- This set features large scale orchestral overtures, in the grand style of Handel’s Water Music and Bach’s Orchestral Suites. The oboe sonatas, written for 2 oboes and a rich continuo, show a highly original composer who gives his fantasy and imagination free reign.
- Superb performances by the Early Music group Virtuosi Saxoniae conducted by Ludwig Güttler (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and oboists Burkhardt Glaetzner and Ingo Goritzki, seconded by the expert continuo of Christine Schornsheim and Siegfried Pank.
- Excellent liner notes written by experts in this field.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 1. Overture
  2. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 2. Air I
  3. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 3. Gavotte
  4. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 4. Air II
  5. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 5. Jardiniers
  6. Overture in D Minor for Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 6. Menuett I - alternativement - Menuett II
  7. Concerto in D Major for Two Corni Da Caccia, Two Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 1. Allegro
  8. Concerto in D Major for Two Corni Da Caccia, Two Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 2. Andante
  9. Concerto in D Major for Two Corni Da Caccia, Two Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 3. Allegro
  10. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 1. Overture
  11. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 2. Air I
  12. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 3. Bourree
  13. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 4. Air II
  14. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 5. Menuett I - Menuett II
  15. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 6. Air III
  16. Overture in B-Flat Major a Due Cori with Each Three Flutes, Three Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo: 7. Passepied I - Passepied II

Disk 2

  1. Sonata in G Minor for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 1. Largo
  2. Sonata in G Minor for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 2. Allegro
  3. Sonata in G Minor for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 3. Largo
  4. Sonata in G Minor for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 4. Allegro
  5. Sonata in F Major for two Oboes and bassoon: 1. Largo
  6. Sonata in F Major for two Oboes and bassoon: 2. Allegro
  7. Sonata in F Major for two Oboes and bassoon: 3. Largo
  8. Sonata in F Major for two Oboes and bassoon: 4. Allegro
  9. Sonata in F Major for two Oboes and bassoon: 5. Allegro
  10. Sonata in B-Flat Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 1. Andante
  11. Sonata in B-Flat Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 2. Allegro
  12. Sonata in B-Flat Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 3. Largo
  13. Sonata in B-Flat Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 4. Allegro
  14. Sonata in D Minor for Two Oboes and Basso Continuo: 1. Andante
  15. Sonata in D Minor for Two Oboes and Basso Continuo: 2. Un poco Allegro
  16. Sonata in D Minor for Two Oboes and Basso Continuo: 3. Largo
  17. Sonata in D Minor for Two Oboes and Basso Continuo: 4. Allegro
  18. Sonata (Quattro) in F Major for Two Oboes and Two Bassoons: 1. Andante
  19. Sonata (Quattro) in F Major for Two Oboes and Two Bassoons: 2. Allegro
  20. Sonata (Quattro) in F Major for Two Oboes and Two Bassoons: 3. Largo
  21. Sonata (Quattro) in F Major for Two Oboes and Two Bassoons: 4. Allegro
  22. Sonata in F Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 1. Largo
  23. Sonata in F Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 2. Allegro
  24. Sonata in F Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 3. Largo
  25. Sonata in F Major for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo: 4. Allegro