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Franz Benda (1709-86)

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Benda, Stamitz & Rosetti: Flute Concertos

Benda, Stamitz & Rosetti: Flute Concertos


Benda, Franz:

Flute Concerto in E minor

Milan Munclinger

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in F major

Viktorie Svihlikova (harpsichord)

Rosetti:

Flute Concerto in D major

Martin Turnovsky

Stamitz, C:

Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 29

Václav Neumann


Jean Pierre Rampal (flute)

Prague Chamber Orchestra /PCHO, Milan Munclinger, Vaclav Neumann, Martin Turnovsky

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František Benda: Violin Concertos

František Benda: Violin Concertos


Benda, Franz:

Concerto in C major for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo (Lee II-1)

Concerto in B flat major for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo (Lee II-18)

Concerto in D major for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo (Lee II-2)

Concerto in A minor for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo (Lee II-16)


Ivan Ženatý (violin)

Prague Philharmonia

The most distinguished Czech violinist of the 18th century? The first name that springs to mind is that of František Benda. His illustrious career led him to the post of concert master of the court orchestra of Frederick II, King of Prussia. He was highly praised by his contemporaries and, according to the period sources, when delivering slow movements he often moved the audience to tears. Benda’s influence throughout Germany was comparable with the enormous authority the celebrated Giuseppe Tartini enjoyed in Italy.

As a composer, he was evidently inspired by Vivaldi’s concertos, which he was thoroughly familiar with. Yet Benda’s concertos are singular works in their own right, abounding in invention, naturally flowing and extremely forcible melody.

At the beginning of the 21st century, Ivan Ženaty is among Czech violinists a serious candidate for the title Benda would have been awarded in the 18th century. This, after all, is documented by his collaboration with superlative orchestras and conductors (Baudo, Gergiev, Bělohlavek, Marriner, etc.).

With Ivan Ženaty and the excellent Prague Philharmonia’s recording, Benda is splendidly melodious and technically brilliant. František Benda’s virtuoso concertos resurrected in the 21st century.

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Il Violino Boemo

Il Violino Boemo

Violin Sonatas by Benda, Gurecky & Jiranek


 

Sonata in A major

(Lee 3.107, Graun WV B.XVII.56)

Benda, Franz:

Sonata in B flat major (Lee III-124)

Sonata in C minor (Lee III-15)

Gurecký:

Sonata in D major

Jiránek:

Sonata in F major (Jk 29)

Sonata in C major (Jk 28)


Lenka Torgersen (violin), Václav Luks (harpsichord) & Libor Mašek (cello)

Recorded in the Church of Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague – Vinohrady, August 15-17, 2013.

The CD’s title, a paraphrase of Josef Mysliveček’s nickname, Il divino Boemo, aptly characterises the theme of the recording: the 18th-century violin virtuosos/composers hailing from the Czech lands. The most distinguished of them, whose influence was compared to that of Tartini’s, was František Benda. Although inspired by Vivaldi, he created his own singular performance style, which was even lauded by the famous English music historian Charles Burney. The CD features sonatas preserved in Prague in period copies. Also contained on the recording are overlooked pieces by composers virtually unknown until recently. František Jiránek’s life is linked with Count Václav Morzin’s celebrated orchestra, as well as Antonio Vivaldi himself. Another discovery is the sonata by J. A. Gurecký. Owing to the masterful and refined performance of the violinist Lenka Torgersen and the spellbinding accompaniment of the harpsichordist Václav Luks (also the conductor of Collegium 1704), the album presents to us the fascinating world of Czech violin virtuosos – a colourful, tender and beautiful world. Virtuoso and gallant – the fascinating world of the most celebrated Czech 18th-century violinists.

“Using a 1760 Klotz violin with a dark ochre hue, [Torgersen] produces a subtle messa di voce effect on many notes, which is a stylistic feature that may surprise (or even displease) those used to modern instruments and techniques. Her sensitive phrasing and wide range of tasteful ornamentation are also delightful.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Jean-Pierre Rampal in Prague – The Complete Supraphon Recordings

Jean-Pierre Rampal in Prague – The Complete Supraphon Recordings


Benda, Franz:

Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in F major

Viktorie Švihlíková (harpsichord)

Flute Concerto in E minor

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Milan Munclinger

Feld:

Flute Concerto

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Jiráček

Prokofiev:

Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94

Alfréd Holeček (piano)

Richter, F X:

Sonate da camera No. 3 in A major

Viktorie Švihlíková (harpsichord)

Flute Concerto in D major

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Milan Munclinger

Rosetti:

Flute Concerto in D major

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Václav Neumann

Stamitz, C:

Flute Concerto in G major, Op. 29

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Martin Turnovský


Jean Pierre Rampal (flute)

Golden memories of Jean-Pierre Rampal’s time in Prague – legendary recordings, newly digitally remastered.

During his very first trip across the Iron Curtain, the French flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922–2000), made friends with Milan Munclinger, an outstanding Czech musician, with whom he shared a passion for Baroque music. Owing to Munclinger’s initiative, on 31 May 1955 Rampal performed alongside the pianist Alfred Holecek before the packed auditorium within the Prague Spring festival. The very next day, Rampal made the first in his series of recordings for Supraphon, which featured Prokofiev’s Sonata. Until 1956, he made premiere recordings of sonatas by František Benda and F. X. Richter, concertos by Carl Stamitz and F. A. Rosetti, as well as, and most significantly – with the Prague Chamber Orchestra conducted by Munclinger – concertos by Richter and Benda. The latter two were extraordinary indeed, as evidenced by the international critical acclaim: the album went on to receive the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros.

Rampal’s final Supraphon album, made with the Czech Philharmonic in April 1958, contains the flute concerto by the then 33-year-old Jindrich Feld, who primarily gained global recognition thanks to Rampal. The phenomenal French flautist would continue to come to Prague in the following years to give concerts and to meet his close friends among Czech musicians.

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Solo For The King

Solo For The King


Bach, C P E:

Duetto for flute and violin, Wq. 140 (H598)

Bach, J S:

Flute Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV1030

Musical Offering, BWV1079: Canon perpetuus super thema Regium

Fuga canonica in Epidiapente

Benda, Franz:

Sonata in E minor (Lee III, 57)

Kirnberger:

Trio in G minor

Quantz:

Sarabande in G major

Minuetto for unaccompanied flute in E minor

Gigue in G minor


Jana Semerádová (baroque flute)

Jana Semerádová – baroque flute, Lenka Torgersen – baroque violin, Hana Fleková – baroque cello, Bertrand Cuiller – harpsichord Recorded in the St. Francis of Assisi Church in the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Prague, on December 10 and 12, 2011 Just as France had its Louis XIV, so Germany had Frederick II (1712-1786), whose passionate love of music (to the great annoyance of his father, who wanted him to be a strong monarch and military commander) allowed for the blossoming of many splendid flowers in the Galant style. The desire to learn how to play the flute was awakened in Frederick by his meeting the virtuoso J. J. Quantz. The King surrounded himself with renowned musicians of the time, with his orchestra including the harpsichordist C. Ph. E. Bach, the phenomenal Czech violinist F. Benda and J. Ph. Kirnberger, a pupil of J. S. Bach’s.

The encounter between Bach and the King of Prussia subsequently gave rise to the famous collection Musikalisches Opfer (Musical Offering). The fame of the spellbinding “Galant style” of the Baroque flautist Jana Semerádová has long since crossed the borders of the Czech lands: Wilbert Hazelzet’s pupil has performed to great acclaim at prestigious European festivals as a soloist and with her Collegium Marianum ensemble. Her magical flute invites you to a musical feast at the Potsdam chateau featuring the greatest musicians of the time of King Frederick II.

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