This entertaining CD takes its name from a cantata, which forms one part of this recital devoted to the music of Georg Benda (1722-95), one of a distinguished family of Bohemian musicians who settled in Berlin in the 18th century and became part of the German enlightenment. Georg became Kapellmeister at Gotha in 1750 and gained widespread approval for his compositions and for his skill as a violinist, oboist and keyboard player. Mozart admired Benda’s music and carried two of his melodramas with him on his travels. Hyperion have put together a pretty record containing piano pieces (played here expertly on the fortepiano by Timothy Roberts), lieder and the above cantata for soprano or tenor by two of our best ‘chamber singers’ (which does not mean that they do not sing other genres, only that they excel in this kind of intimate sphere). It might be a good idea not to play the whole hour of music at one go but (say) to have half before dinner and half afterwards.
Vi sono opere filosofiche che non rispecchiano i bisogni dell’epoca e neanche quelli della specie. Vengono come da un’altra parte e non si annunciano nemmeno. Ad un tratto qualcuno, non si sa come, entra in rapporto con esse anche se tutto fa pensare che non vi possa essere nessun rapporto. Quale relazione infatti si può immaginare tra questo Essai e un comune individuo d’oggi? Quale legame fra un comune filosofo d’oggi e quest’opera? Sembra tutto scontato: essa è inutile alla specie, all’individuo, alla filosofia. …
“Hünteler is playing a Jakob Denner Flute, one of only four to survive, and which was discovered in 1991 in the attic of a house near Nuremberg, where it had lain undisturbed for almost three centuries. And indeed Hünteler elicits beautiful sounds from the instrument.” ~Fanfare
“Hünteler is playing a Jakob Denner Flute, one of only four to survive, and which was discovered in 1991 in the attic of a house near Nuremberg, where it had lain undisturbed for almost three centuries. And indeed Hünteler elicits beautiful sounds from the instrument.” (Fanfare)
“Richter, Stamic and Vaňhal in particular influenced and even inspired Haydn & Mozart who played Vaňhal’s music and who both played with him in a quartet alongside Dittersdorf… The Thirty Years War (1618-48) resulted in the Hapsburgs taking over the kingdom of Bohemia, but it was impossible to suppress the Czech love for music, a fact then exploited by the Austrian nobles who filled their new Bohemian estates with musical talent.