Music for a King: Chamber works from the Court of Frederick the Great

Music for a King: Chamber works from the Court of Frederick the Great

Channel Classics (SKU: 41819) [2 CDs]

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Frederick the Great himself is known to have composed one hundred and twenty-one flute sonatas, four flute concertos, a symphony, various arias and an overture. These works were written in the mixed style advocated by Quantz in an attempt to blend Italian music of the senses with French music of reason. The king’s love of music was real and genuine, and he desired and ensured that others should enjoy it in the same way. As a performer he was probably one of the most distinguished amateurs ever. As a composer he wrote nothing eminent or really original, though some pieces exuded a certain beauty and charm. However, this recording promotes the extraordinary talent of the musicians and composers he surrounded himself with at court, the luminaries of the 18th century, all brought together by one of the greatest musical patrons that ever lived.

Ashley Solomon

Florilegium
Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo, clavichord solo and continuo


'This is the baroque style performed at its best!'

Opus Klassiek 


'..the ensemble's playing really takes wing in JG Graun's Quintet, with its filmy textures and mercurial changes of mood.' 

BBC Music Magazine


'...the wonderfully free, improvisational quality Julian Perkins brings to his duetting with Solomon makes this one of the album's highlights.'

Gramophone



The Spohr Collection

The Spohr Collection

Channel Classics (SKU: 43020)

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This recording is unique in featuring nine original flutes, many of which are heard here on disc for the first time. The programme is based around these instruments with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Marie Leclair, Pietro Locatelli and Georg Philipp Telemann, among others.

Florilegium
Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo


'Expertly accompanied by his colleagues of Florilegium, Solomon's consummate flute technique and superb musicality allow him to bring out the strengths of the various instruments.' 

Early Music Review



G. F. Handel: Acis and Galatea

G. F. Handel: Acis and Galatea

Opus Arte (OABD7056D) [DVD]

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Danielle de Niese Galatea
Charles Workman Acis
Matthew Rose Polyphemus
Paul Agnew Damon
Ji-Min Park Coridon

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Wayne McGregor stage director
Christopher Hogwood conductor 

Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo
 

'Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese had bags of vocal and personal charm in the title roles, with strong contributions from Matthew Rose as Polyphemus and Paul Agnew and Ji-Min Park as attendant shepherds...'

The Daily Telegraph
 

'The period instrumentalists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment infuse the score with crackling verve and airy grace under Christopher Hogwood's stylish hand.'

New York Classical Review

 



Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Opus Arte (OA1018D) [DVD]

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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sarah Connolly Dido
Lucas Meachem Aeneas
Lucy Crowe Belinda
Sara Fulgoni Sorceress
Anita Watson Second Woman
Eri Nakamura First Witch
Pumeza Matshikiza Second Witch
Ji-Min Park Sailor
Iestyn Davies Spirit

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Wayne McGregor stage director
Christopher Hogwood conductor 

Julian Perkins harpsichord continuo
 

'Christopher Hogwood rises to the challenge of this poignantly sombre production by drawing superbly expressive playing from the OAE and equally fine singing from the Royal Opera Extra Chorus.'

The Times

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