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The recordings on this 2CD set come from the broadcasting archives of the former GDR and feature flute music from the court of Friedrich II of Prussia. All the performers and orchestras on the original release were high class musicians of their time, and this compilation thus forms a unique contribution to the cultural record of the latter years of a state that no longer exists.
As is now well known, King Frederick the Great of Prussia was a passionate flautist who also wrote music for his beloved instrument. He gathered around him at his court some of the best German musicians of the time and brought to the Prussian Courts at Berlin and Potsdam the composers Carl Heinrich Graun, Franz Benda, C. P. E. Bach and Johann Quantz. This recording presents music from Frederick’s musical circle, and contains works of the above-mentioned composers as well as some by the King himself.
Friedrich II von Preussen: Il re pastore
Overture: Allegro scherzando
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Concerto in D major, No. 182, QV 5:41, "pour Potsdam"
II. Piu tosto Andantino
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Flute Concerto in G major, Wq. 169, H. 445
I. Allegro di molto
Franz Benda: Flute Sonata in E minor
I. Largo ma un poco andante
II. Arioso un poco allegro
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Flute Sonata in A minor, Wq. 132, H. 562
I. Poco adagio
Carl Heinrich Graun: Flute Sonata in D major
II. Poco allegro
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Sonata No. 276 in C minor, QV 1:18
I. Allegro ma con brio
Friedrich II von Preussen: Flute Concerto No. 3 in C major
III. Allegro assai
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