Graupner - Partitas for Harpsichord

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Graupner - Partitas for Harpsichord



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28th July 2008




58 minutes


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Graupner - Partitas for Harpsichord


Partita in A major

Partita in C minor GWV 150

Chaconne in A major

Partita in F minor

Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord)



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A contemporary of J.S. Bach and Telemann, Johann Christoph Graupner was held in great esteem during his lifetime both as a prolific composer of large vocal and orchestral works and virtuoso harpsichordist, although he is now largely forgotten.

With their considerable requirements of virtuosity Graupner’s harpsichord suites surpass Handel’s in grandeur of conception, and sometimes even match the younger man in musical substance.

His immense and flamboyant Chaconne in A major is perhaps the most superb of all the many keyboard works of the genre.

Christoph Graupner: Partita in A major, GWV 149

I. Praeludium

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Double

VI. Menuet

VII. Aria and 5 Variations

VIII. Gigue

Christoph Graupner: Partita in C minor, GWV 133

I. Praeludium

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet

VI. Aria and 6 Variations

Partita in A major, GWV 149

Partita in A major, GWV 149: IX. Chaconne

Christoph Graupner: Partita No. 1 in F minor, GWV 121, "Winter"

I. Praeludium: Largo

II. Allemande

III. Courrante

IV. Menuet I, II and III

VIII. Air en Sarabande

IX. Bourree en rondeau

Classics Today

(on a previous release)

“A major Baroque treasure trove. Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), as his dates indicate, was an exact contemporary of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Rameau, Telemann--in short, of all of the High Baroque masters--and on the evidence here he surely belongs in their company.”

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