Beyond the solo repertoire of the music up to 18th century, the harpsichord generally appears as an accompanying instrument with the realization of the figured bass part. Since the publication of Mondonville's Six Pieces de clavecin en sonata avec accompagnement de violon, op. 3, in 1734, composers began to separate the harpsichord from the accompaniment function called basso continuo (notated purely as a figured bass voice) and gave itLees verder...
Beyond the solo repertoire of the music up to 18th century, the harpsichord generally appears as an accompanying instrument with the realization of the figured bass part. Since the publication of Mondonville's Six Pieces de clavecin en sonata avec accompagnement de violon, op. 3, in 1734, composers began to separate the harpsichord from the accompaniment function called basso continuo (notated purely as a figured bass voice) and gave it a more independent soloist role as a duo or trio partner - and thus prepared the paths that later led to the piano sonatas of the classical period, combined with melody instruments.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier were among the pioneering composers to do so, writing a series of works explicitly for obbligato harpsichord (meaning that it plays another voice in the right hand) and the top part, here played by the flute. Followed by the next generation (such as the Bach sons), the musical style already struck new tracks.
The pieces presented on "Interlocution" are by composers such as Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Franz Xaver Richter. We will also record a world premiere recording of the virtuoso Concerto for obbligato harpsichord and flute in D major by Johann Matthias Leffloth.
Why we need your help
We believe that by recording this music on a CD, we will not only wrap up our two years of fruitful collaboration but we can make a contribution to the cultural life of the world. A recording is something which lasts after all impressions from a nice life concert go away. By making it accessible to a broader public we are sharing our love for this specific repertoire which is a true milestone in music history.
We have already convinced two foundations, Jeanne d’Art Kulturstiftung and the Franz-und-Christel-Kuhlmann-Stiftung, to support our idea (with the condition that we use their money before 2019). But we need more than that. Now we are turning towards the general public! We like to get more people involved in the happenings of our ensemble and repertoire. The recording venue, CD production and postproduction with a sound engineer are a big part of the costs. So we cannot make this happen without you!
Who we are
The ensemble Due Oratori, consisting of Antje Becker and Ondřej Bernovský is based in Utrecht and Berlin. We have been focusing on this repertoire, works for obbligato harpsichord and traverso. Musically accompanied and inspired by renowned specialists in historically inspired performance practice such as Wilbert Hazelzet, Siebe Henstra, Christoph Huntgeburth and Vojtěch Spurný, we have built up our playing experience in many corners of Europe, in competitions and festival performances, including Italy, Austria and Finland.
In order to "complete the score as it was written", we would like to invite baroque cellist Oleg Belyaev from Berlin to perform with us in two trio pieces which require a string bass instrument.
Thanks for donating and see you at our official CD release event in the beginning of February 2019 in Utrecht! The official date and location will be confirmed soon.
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Pieces to be recorded
- Franz Xaver Richter - Trio in D Major (with the cello)
- Joseph Bodin de Boismortier - Sonate pour flute et clavecin in G major, Op. 91, Nr. 3
- Georg Philipp Telemann - Concert Nr. 1 in D Major
- Joseph Bodin de Boismortier Sonate Nr. 6 Op. 50 D Major (with the cello)
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonate G-Dur Wq 86
- Johann Matthias Lefloth - Konzert D-Dur für Cembalo und Flöte (unknown)
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