Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar - Concerti
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Cat No: AUDITE97769
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th July 2019
WorksConcerto in C major for 2 violins
Trumpet Concerto in D major
Violin Concertos 1-8
ArtistsThuringer Bach Collegium
Prince Johann Ernst IV of Sachsen-Weimar (1696-1715) was taught by Johann Gottfried Walther; Johann Sebastian Bach also perused the young prince’s compositions and arranged some of Johann Ernst’s concertos for keyboard instruments for his own use. Georg Philipp Telemann put the finishing touches to the violin concertos. The results are unmistakeably Italianate: at times brilliantly virtuosic, at other times contemplative and lyrical – composed by the ‘Thuringian Vivaldi’ who died far too early.
The Thüringer Bach Collegium, directed by Gernot Süßmuth, have recorded the eight violin concertos by Prince Johann Ernst – as posthumously published in 1718 by Telemann – with exuberant enthusiasm. These works are combined with two further concertos whose original Weimar court orchestra parts survived: a Concerto for trumpet and orchestra as well as a Concerto for two violins which survived as an adaptation by JS Bach and was “arranged back”.
This pioneering recording revives a central chapter of Weimar’s musical history, in which the works of the court composer Johann Sebastian Bach also had their place. The prince’s concertos were written at the same time as Bach’s Weimar cantatas and provide, as no other body of works, the “soundtrack” to the dynamic musical life in the palace. The musical perspective was a European one: in 1713 a veritable “Vivaldimania” broke out, the Venetian composer’s works being arranged, imitated and emulated. This can be experienced in the prince’s concertos, written in the finest Vivaldian style.
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