THE HOME OF SPECIALIST MUSIC Supporting independant labels and artists from across the globe
All Genres | Ltd Editions | Signed CD's | Special Offers | Vinyl | Box Sets

The Berlin Album - Trio Sonatas From Berlin

Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
Release Date:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
The Berlin Album - Trio Sonatas From Berlin
The Berlin Album - Trio Sonatas From Berlin


Following on from their critically acclaimed series, Ensemble Diderot continues its 'city series' - after Dresden, Paris and London now Berlin. All the works (except one) in this new recording are world premiere recordings - really exciting music. Uniquely, and some might say something rather radical for a "Berlin Album" no CPE Bach, no Quantz and no Flute! " it's hard to single out highlights when the programme is not only built almost entirely of premiere recordings there's one exception but also performed with such multicoloured finesse." Gramophone Magazine Instead on this rare selection of Trio Sonatas from Berlin, the Ensemble Diderot uses a wonderful copy of a Silbermann Fortepiano - the same as Frederick II had at the court - which gives an incredible variety of colours. When one contemplates mid eighteenth-century music from Berlin, the first thing that comes to mind is undoubtedly the flute-playing King Frederick II ("the Great"), and one asks oneself if a "Berlin" album should actually be a "Potsdam" album. The idea behind the present recording is to focus on Berlin, but without taking into account the three usually perceived musical protagonists: Frederick, his flute, and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. However, it is indeed primarily thanks to the cultural policy of the Prussian monarch that Berlin became a noteworthy musical centre. In contrast to Dresden, in Berlin music was not only made at court, but throughout the city and beyond. There were countless private venues in the capital city in which concerts were given with the participation of members of the royal chapel. Double bass player Janitsch continued the weekly concert series that he had already organised in Rheinsberg as "Friday Academies." Chamber music in Berlin was firmly in the hands of professional musicians - the compositions they played were not mass-produced pieces, but rather substantial works that were likewise demanding in terms of technique both violins play here on an entirely equal footing passages in seventh position that are more reminiscent of solo passages in a virtuoso violin concerto than chamber music for domestic use. All in all, Berlin, in contrast to Dresden, was a true chamber music El Dorado. Previous recordings have gained universal praise from the critics: "A dream team for this repertoire." Early Music Review "The Ensemble Diderot plays these works with nimble expertise and good spirit" GRAMOPHONE


  1. Name
  2. Georg Anton Benda: Trio Sonata In E Major * I. Mezzo Allegro
  3. II. Larghetto
  4. III. Presto
  5. Johann Gottlieb Graun: Trio Sonata In A Major * I. Adagio
  6. II. Allegro Non Troppo
  7. III. Vivace. Allegro. Scherzando
  8. Johann Philipp Kirnberger: Trio Sonata In D Minor I. Andante
  9. II. Allegro
  10. III. Presto
In stock

Fast delivery & returns worldwide

In stock