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Johann Joachim Quantz was one of the 18th century’s most prolific composers, yet most of his music remains unpublished.
A pioneer of the ‘mixed taste’ combining French, German and Italian elements, and an important figure during the transition from Baroque to Classical styles, Quantz wrote an impressive body of work for the flute-playing Frederick the Great at whose court he served for more than three decades.
These six Flute Sonatas rank among his very best, exemplifying his exquisite taste and masterful technique.
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 272 in F major, QV 1:93
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 273 in G major, QV 1:109
I. Presto ma fiero
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 274 in A major, QV 1:145
II. Alla Siciliana
III. Grazioso ma vivace
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 275 in B flat major, QV 1:161
I. Allegro di molto
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 276 in C minor, QV 1:18
I. Allegro ma con brio
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 277 in D major, QV 1:42
I. Allegro assai
III. Alla Forlana ma presto
“Quantz might have been prolific but there's nothing 'production line' about these sonatas for Frederick the Great - nor about the incisive, attentive performances by players all connected to Musica Antiqua Köln. Fit for a King!”
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