The German Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) is considered to be one of the most important composers for the chalumeau, a now largely forgotten instrument related to the clarinet. This Hybrid SACD from the renowned early music group Ars Antiqua Austria includes several of Graupner’s pieces for this rarely recorded instrument.
The chalumeau was probably developed in the late 17th century by the Nuremberg instrument builder and inventor of the clarinet, Johann Christoph Denner. A forerunner of the clarinet, the two instruments existed alongside each other during the 18th century, and it was not until the late Baroque era that the clarinet became more popular and the chalumeau slowly disappeared from the musical scene.
Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1995 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of Austrian baroque music played on period instruments. The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises 8 musicians directed by Gunar Letzbor. The ensemble is readily augmented to accommodate a still wider repertoire. Previous recordings by Ars Antiqua Austria on Challenge Classics include discs devoted to the music of Charles Mouthon (CC72336), Karl Kohaut (CC72323), and Johann Joseph Fux (CC72381).
9th September 2012
“Graupner's overtures and concertos are duskily attractive, while the violin sonatas have Italianate verve.”
15th July 2012
“He had a special liking for the chalumeau, a sort of early clarinet which makes a low, lyrical, reedy sound heard to great advantage on this well-recorded disc – the Overtures involving two and three chalumeaux are a delight...The music is scarcely deep, but the buzzy Air for three chalumeaux could surely be a new Classic FM hit.”
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