August Kuhnel (1645 - death unknown, c.1700) was the foremost gamba player in germany before J.S. Bach. Born in the town of Delmenhorst, Meckenburg, he travelled to France for his studies, and also visited London in 1685. Although the French style influenced his playing, he remained true to his protestant German roots, and he composed a famous set of ten variations on the chorale ‘Herr Jesu Christ,du hoechstes Gut’ (the Sonata No 10 on this CD), which inspired the great J.S. Bach some twenty years later to write is Cantata BWV 113.
Kuhnel spent all his working life in Germany, and suffered greatly during the Hundred Years War, as the country was left bankrupt. He also found employment difficult in the Catholic areas of Germany. At the end of his life he was court Kapellmeister at Kassel. They can lay claim to being among the finest of their type.
- Recorded in 1997.
- The Spirit of GAMBO is an ensemble devoted to music from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was established by Freek Borstlap, who has made several recordings, including music by Haydn for baryton. They are joined by distuinguished continuo players Richard Egarr, Karol Smagge and Jan van Outryve.