Georg (Jiri Antonin) Benda


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Baroque Bohemia & Beyond Volume 1

Baroque Bohemia & Beyond Volume 1

Barta, J:

Sinfonia in C minor

Benda, G:

Sinfonia No. 4 in F major

Richter, F X:

Harpsichord Concerto in E minor

Stamitz, J:

Sinfonia Pastorale Op. 4 No. 2


Sinfonia in E minor

Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Vojtech Spurný

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Benda: Sonatas, Sonatinas & Songs

Benda: Sonatas, Sonatinas & Songs

Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague


Benda, G:

Du, kleine, Blondine

Ein Madchen, das auf Ehre hielt (romanze)

Heraklit, gleich stumpfen Greisen

Hupft, ihr wollenreichen Herden

Ich liebte nur Ismenen

Mein Geliebter hat versprochen

Mir Armen, den des Fiebers Kraft

Mit Lauretten, seiner Freude

Edita Keglerová (harpsichord), Ivana Bilej Brouková (soprano), Helena Zemanová (violin), Hana Fleková, Marek Štryncl (cello)

Jiří 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 favourite 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.

“Blandness sometimes threatens, even more so in the featherweight sonatinas, though even at his most compliant Benda can trip you up with a disorientating pause, or surprise harmonic twist.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

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G Benda: 7 Keyboard Sonatas

G Benda: 7 Keyboard Sonatas

Benda, G:

Keyboard Sonata in A major (from Sammlung II)

Keyboard Sonata No. 6 in D major

Keyboard Sonata in C major (from Sammlung III, c.1782)

Keyboard Sonata in E flat major (from Sammlung V, c.1785)

Keyboard Sonata in F major (from Sammlung IV, c.1784)

Keyboard Sonata in C minor (from Sammlung I)

Keyboard Sonata No. 1 in B flat major

Maria Bergmann (piano)

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Flute Sonatas

Flute Sonatas

Benda, Franz:

Flute Sonata in D major

Sonata in E minor for flute and bc

Benda, G:

Flute Sonata in F major

Flute Sonata in B flat major

Flute Sonata in A major

Flute Sonata in G major

Veronika Oross (flute), Kousay Mahdi (baroque cello), Angelika Csizmadia (harpsichord)

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Georg Benda: Chamber Music And Songs

Georg Benda: Chamber Music And Songs

Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord), Elena Bertuzzi (soprano), Paolo Borgonovo (tenor), Ulrike Slowik (violin), Antonio Papetti (cello)

Ensemble Arcomelo

Georg Benda was born into a musical nest: his father was composer Jan Jiri Benda and his mother came from the famous Brixi family.

In 1742 Georg moved to Berlin where he worked at the court of Frederick the Great. He became a well known and internationally respected musician and composer, mainly of melodramas and operas. His “Ariadne auf Naxos” paved the way for Mozart’s operas.

Benda published a collection of pieces meant for domestic use, for “accomplished and less accomplished players”, containing a wealth of keyboard works, chamber music and vocal works for solo voice and chamber group: delightful, fresh music, full of invention and (small) drama, marking the transition from the Baroque into the Classical Era.

Excellent performances by harpsichordist Michele Benuzzi (who already received 5 star reviews for his Hassler recording for BC94293) and his Ensemble Arcomelo, playing on original instruments.

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Georg Benda: Six Sonatas for Piano

Georg Benda: Six Sonatas for Piano

Benda, G:

Sonata No. 1 in B flat major

Sonata No. 2 in G major

Sonata No. 3 in D minor

Sonata No. 4 in F major

Sonata No. 5 in G minor

Sonata No. 6 in D major

Bernhard Klapprott (piano)

The ultimate CD for friends of the clavichord: On this recording, Bernhard Klapprott, a pupil of Bob van Asperen and today Professor of Early Keyboard Instruments in the Bach city of Weimar, exploits all the technical and tonal possibilities offered by the original clavichord by Joseph Gottfried Horn (1788). Georg Benda – who had a particular predilection for the “Clavier,” as it was called then – composed these imaginative and, at the same time, unbelievably stylistically confident sonatas between the Baroque and Classic, which are nearly ideal literature for this instrument.

This recording also becomes a valuable historical document due to the very extensive accompanying texts that deal with the situation of the clavichord in Benda’s time (including a bibliography), with the instrument employed here, and of course with Benda’s music.

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Music at the Court of Gotha

Music at the Court of Gotha

Benda, G:

Viola Concerto in F major

Tatjana Masurenko (viola)

Thuringian State Symphony Orchestra, Gotha


Aurora Galopp op. 76

Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl

Ernst II of Saxe-Coburg&Gotha:


Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl


Grosse Concert-Fantasie for Cello and Orchestra - dedicated to Duke Ernst II, op. 33

Jens Peter Maintz (cello)

Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl


Festmarsch nach Motiven von Herzog Ernst II

Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl

Romberg, A:

Overture in E major on the opera 'Die Grossmut des Scipio', Op. 54

Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl

Schweitzer, A:

Overture to the opera 'Alceste'

Thuringian State Symphony Orchestra, Gotha


Concertante in C major for violin, cello and orchestra

Antje Weithaas (violin), Michael Sanderling (cello)

Thuringian State Symphony Orchestra, Gotha

Strauss, J, I:

Neues Leben (French polka) - dedicated to Duke Ernst II, op. 278

Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha-Suhl

Hermann Breuer

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Music at the Court of Gotha: Benda

Music at the Court of Gotha: Benda

Benda, G:

Sinfonia on the Singspiel 'Der Dorfjahrmarkt'

Concerto for piano and strings in G minor

Rolf Plagge (piano)

Sinfonia No. 1 in D major

Viola Concerto in F major

Tatjana Masurenko (viola)

Thuringian State Symphony Orchestra, Gotha, Hermann Breuer

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Feuer und Bravour

Feuer und Bravour

Viola da Gamba Music at the Court of Frederick the Great


Scherzando in F major

Rondeau in C major

Benda, G:

Sonatina No. 1 in D major

Sonatina No. 2 in F major

Sonatina No. 3 in A minor

Sonatina No. 4 in C major

Sonatina No. 5 in E minor

Sonatina No. 6 in D minor

Graun, J G:

Trio Concertante in D major

Hesse, L C:

Opera arrangements for two viola da gambas & violoncello


Duetto in D minor for 2 Viole da gamba

Musicke & Mirth: Irene Klein & Jane Achtman (viola da gamba), Rebeka Rusó (cello), Barbara Maria Willi (fortepiano, harpsichord)

Frederick the Great was a great musical benefactor. Almost every important late-18th-century viola da gamba virtuoso came to play at the Berlin court during his reign. The greatest virtuoso of the time, Ludwig Christian Hesse (1716-1772) was engaged at the court and his presence led to the creation of many works for viola da gamba at the Berlin court. Irene Klein and Jane Achtman play a wide and varied selection of music from the period making this another excellent release from Ramee.

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David Oistrakh: Powerful Poet

David Oistrakh: Powerful Poet

Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Trio Sonata in C major, BWV1037


Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Benda, G:

Trio sonata for two violins and piano


Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102


Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8


Trio Sonata, HWV 391 in G minor, Op. 2 No. 6


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63


Piano Trio in A minor


Navarra, Op. 33


Octet in F major, D803


Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99


Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15


Suite de Concert Op. 28


Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35


Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 2 in E flat major

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 5 in E major

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 4 in A minor

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