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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
VII. Aria and 5 Variations
Christoph Graupner: Partita in C minor, GWV 133
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
IV. Menuet I, II and III
VIII. Air en Sarabande
IX. Bourree en rondeau
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“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.”