Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider


New App by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for iOS and Android!

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download from The Classical Shop

Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688 - 1758)
Orchestral Works - Volume 2
Concerto for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings and bc in D (FWV L,D5) [19:10]
Overture for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and bc in a minor (FWV K,a1) [25:51]
Sinfonia for strings and bc in g minor (FWV M,g1) [10:10]
Concerto grosso for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and bc in G (FWV L,G13) [18:37]
Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra/Gwyn Roberts, Richard Stone
rec. live, October 2010, March; May 2011, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA, USA. DDD
CHANDOS CHAN 0783 [74:12]

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download from The Classical Shop

Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688 - 1758)
Orchestral Works - Volume 3
Overture for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 horns, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and bc in D (FWV K,D2) [8:13]
Concerto for recorder, strings and bc in F (FWV L,F deest) [8:09]
Concerto for violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, strings and bc in D (FWV L,D8)[10:00]
Overture for 2 horns, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, strings and bc in F (FWV K,F1) [20:28]
Concerto for lute, strings and bc in d minor (FWV L,d1) [15:20]
Konzertsatz in F (FWV L,F3) (allegro) [3:24]
Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra/Gwyn Roberts, Richard Stone
rec. live, October 2010, October ; December 2011; March 2012, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA, USA. DDD
CHANDOS CHAN 0791 [66:20]
Experience Classicsonline


Johann Friedrich Fasch is one of the leading composers of the German baroque. For a long time his music has been overlooked, but in recent years it has been enjoying a revival. Especially in the last decade or so several discs have appeared which are devoted to his instrumental music.
 
Most of his oeuvre dates from his time as Kapellmeister at the court of Anhalt-Zerbst from 1722 until his death. Fasch wasn't just a prolific composer, he was also an avid collector of music. This resulted in a large collection of music which he could perform with the musicians of his chapel. Parts of this collection were purchased, but Fasch also exchanged scores with colleagues.
 
In her liner-notes to the second of the two discs by La Tempesta di Mare Barbara M. Reul calls it a "file sharing system". Many of Fasch's compositions have been found in the archives of the court of Darmstadt, where Christoph Graupner was Kapellmeister. Fasch had studied with him. He also had close contacts with the chapel of the court in Dresden, especially Kapellmeister Johann David Heinichen and concertmaster Johann Georg Pisendel. A number of compositions by Fasch have been preserved in the library of the Dresden court. Some of them may have been especially written for Dresden.
 
That could explain the prominent role of woodwind instruments in his orchestral music. The chapel in Dresden was at that time probably the best in Germany. It had many virtuosos in its ranks including flautist Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin and oboist Johann Christian Richter. It is quite possible that the concertos with a solo part for the violin were written for Pisendel, the best violinist of his time. The Concerto for lute in d minor (Vol. 3) was almost certainly composed for Silvius Leopold Weiss, Germany's most virtuosic and famous lutenist. The connection with Dresden is also relevant in regard to the size of the performing ensemble. The chapel in Zerbst was rather small: four singers and around a dozen instrumentalists. It is very likely that the court orchestra in Dresden was considerably larger and that may justify the size of Tempesta di Mare on these discs, which includes 15 strings plus woodwind, lute or theorbo and harpsichord, in some pieces joined by horns and/or trumpets and timpani.
 
Fasch was one of the most prolific composers of Overture-suites for orchestra in Germany, alongside Telemann and Graupner. These two discs include two specimens. The most common scoring of such works was two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo. In these two works this scoring has been extended by two flutes; in the Overture in F (Vol. 3) Fasch also added a second bassoon part and two horn parts. Both Overtures include passages in which the winds play solo, especially in the overture and some of the dances. Each of the two Overtures has two movements called aria or air which are of a more cantabile character. The Overture in D (Vol. 3) is different: it has just three movements, and could have been written for a special occasion, considering the large-scale scoring for three trumpets, timpani, two horns, two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo. The brass and timpani keep silent in the middle movement, as was common at the time. In the fast movements, and especially the opening ouverture they have quite brilliant parts to play.
 
The horns also play an important part in the Concerto in D which opens Vol. 2. In the catalogue of Fasch's works it is ranked among the violin concertos, but the winds - pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons and horns - can also regularly be heard in solo passages. One could probably compare this work with Vivaldi's Concerti con molti stromenti. In particular in the first movement the horns take a prominent role and play the cadenza towards the end. Vol. 3 also includes a Violin concerto in D (FWV L:D8), and again the violin has to share its solo role with pairs of woodwinds. The middle movement has the scoring of a quartet: flute, oboe, violin and basso continuo, without tutti passages for the strings.
 
At the other end of the spectrum as far as the scoring is concerned are the concertos for lute and recorder. It is appropriate that in both concertos the number of strings involved in the performance seems to have been reduced. These two concertos are reminiscent of Vivaldi's concertos. As has been mentioned already, the lute concerto was almost surely written for Silvius Leopold Weiss. Barbara Reul suggests the recorder concerto could have been written for a guest artist who was visiting Zerbst. It is impossible to put a date on most of Fasch's compositions, but in his time the recorder was becoming obsolete, and therefore this concerto is one of the relatively few by German composers which have come down to us.
 
It is often written that Fasch represented a link between the baroque and early classical styles. That seems a little exaggerated, but some works are quite modern and could well be late compositions. One example is the Konzertsatz in F which closes Vol. 3. Another is the Sinfonia in g minor (Vol. 2), one of twenty pieces with this title in Fasch's oeuvre. It is for strings and bc, and the first movement is dominated by dramatic chords. Brian Clark, in his liner-notes, compares the piece with an opera overture, written to grasp the audience's attention. Whether it has been used as such is impossible to say; Fasch did compose four operas though all have been lost. Could this piece have been used in Dresden which was famous for its opera? Also interesting is the third movement which is a fugue; the subject reminds me of the subject of the allegro (also in the form of a fugue) from the Symphony in d minor by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. In the closing movement we hear drum basses which frequently appear in orchestral music of the mid-18th century.
 
These discs are the second and third in what seems to be a project to explore the oeuvre of Johann Friedrich Fasch. The first volume was also reviewed here. These are again live performances, but there is no sign of that. These could easily be studio recordings. I was generally positive about the interpretations, but missed some dynamic shading. I found that less of a problem here; it seems the ensemble has grown into the Fasch idiom.
 
I have greatly enjoyed these two discs primarily because of the music. Fasch proves to be one of the masters of the German baroque, and there are plenty of original ideas in the compositions on these discs. The playing of the ensemble is very good, and the winds deserve special mention for their important and impressive contributions; not least the horn players who have such an important role.
 
These discs are very valuable contributions to our knowledge and appreciation of Fasch’s oeuvre.
 
Johan van Veen
http://www.musica-dei-donum.org
https://twitter.com/johanvanveen
 

Volume 2
Volume 3

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download from The Classical Shop

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download from The Classical Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.