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Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)

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Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)

Pál Németh, Capella Savaria - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 78:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | QUI 903061 | Recorded: 1991

Der Tod Jesu of Carl Heinrich Graun (1704–59), completed in 1755, was for decades the musical mainstay of Passiontide services (a position now held by Bach’s and St. John Passions), being performed by the Berlin Singakademie virtually every Good Friday until 1884. Unlike the passions of Bach, Schütz, and other predecessors, Graun’s work does not set any texts of Scripture. Instead, in line with burgeoning Enlightenment sensibilities, the entire libretto by Carl Wilhelm Ramler (1725–98) is written in the exalted style of impassioned poetic declamation common to opera libretti of the era, in supposed imitation of Greek tragedy. At less than half the length of the Bach passions, and musically far less complex, with dignified and attractive arias composed in a style somewhat akin to those of Handel’s Messiah , it remains winsome even today, and its enduring popularity is readily comprehended.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Grosse Passion (2009)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Große Passion (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 122:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 452-2 | Recorded: 2008

Graun was in his mid-twenties when he composed this Grand Passion . It is a surprisingly mature work, full of subtle gems. When first listening to this two-CD album, I wrote: “The music is very pleasant. Although it is quite tuneful, little of it is memorable and at two hours tends to wear out its welcome. There is almost a monotonous similarity of one number to the next. It needs something rousing like the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus.” Repeated hearings of this album have increased my appreciation considerably. Even Handel liked this Passion , and quoted some of its music in his own works.

Elinor Frey, Lorenzo Ghielmi - Berlin Sonatas: Abel, J.C.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Kirnberger, C.H. Graun (2015)

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Elinor Frey, Lorenzo Ghielmi - Berlin Sonatas: Abel, J.C.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Kirnberger, C.H. Graun (2015)

Elinor Frey, Lorenzo Ghielmi - Berlin Sonatas: Abel, J.C.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Kirnberger, C.H. Graun (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 376 Mb | Total time: 74:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Passacaille | PAS 1006 | Recorded: 2014

Today, the five-string cello is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. However, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was simply one of the many instruments used in the family of bass violins, and was particularly important for virtuosic sonatas and solos.

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)

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Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)

Hermann Max, Das Kleine Konzert, Rheinische Kantorei - Carl Heinrich Graun: Christmas Oratorio (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 707-2 | Recorded: 1999

Our collection of previously unknown Christmas oratorios is growing impressively and happily. After Joseph Eybler in October, I can even announce two trouvailles for this month. There is the Christmas Oratorio by Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-1759), the conductor of Frederick the Great. It was only recently found in Washington. A precise dating is not yet possible, but it certainly arose in Graun's pre-Berlin time in Dresden or Braunschweig. However, it is a masterpiece on the threshold of a sensitive style. The well-balanced alternation of melodically accented and contrapuntally rigorous choral movements, of soulful, colorfully orchestrated arias and harmoniously far-reaching recitatives is particularly impressive.

Flute Concertos & Sonatas: J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, C. Stamitz, J. Stamitz, Gluck, Quantz & others [6CDs] (2012)

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Flute Concertos & Sonatas: J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, C. Stamitz, J. Stamitz, Gluck, Quantz & others [6CDs] (2012)

Flute Concertos & Sonatas: J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, C. Stamitz, J. Stamitz, Gluck, Quantz & others [6CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,83 Gb | Total time: 06:20:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88725463922 | Recorded: 1976, 1992, 1993, 1996

As the predecessors of Sony Classical, CBS Masterworks had not a catalogue of ""authenticity-minded"" recordings (the pioneering efforts of Raymond Leppard and Jean-Claude Malgoire notwithstanding), Sony made a distinctive new start and engaged indubitably one of the most experienced producers in the field of early music, Wolf Erichson. If the successes secured by such musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen in the 1960s were the most visible signs to a wider audience of thorough-going change in the interpretation of music from medieval to baroque times, there was no doubt in assigning a part of the general success to the work of the production teams behind the recordings.

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

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Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Handel, Perti, Porpora (2015)

Ann Hallenberg, Riccardo Minasi, Il pomo d’Oro - Agrippina: Graun, Händel, Perti, Porpora (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 442 Mb | Total time: 74:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88875055982 | Recorded: 2014

The programme presented by Ann Hallenberg for DHM is a homage to the historical roman figure of Agrippina, one of the earliest historical women to inspire the fantasy of librettists and composers. Ann Hallenberg and a team of musicologists researched the musical archives to unearth all surviving operatic manuscripts containing the figure of Agrippina. Twelve of the arias are WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS. Apart from Handel’s famous opera ‘Agrippina’ and Telemann’s ‘Germanicus’, all music on this album has been recorded for the first time. This album is also a fascinating journey through the history of baroque opera. The earliest piece, Legrenzi’s ‘Germanico sul Reno’ dates from 1676 and is a typical example of early baroque style. The latest work, Graun’s ‘Britannico’ from 1752, was written only four years before the birth of Mozart, at the very end of the musical baroque period.

Cecilia Bartoli, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Sacrificium (2009)

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Cecilia Bartoli, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Sacrificium (2009)

Cecilia Bartoli, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Sacrificium: Porpora, Caldara, Araia, Graun, Leo, Vinci, Broschi, Giacomelli, Handel (2009)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 542 Mb | Total time: 77:55+21:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 1521 | Recorded: 2009

"The age of the castratos was one of the most dazzling and remarkable in European music history. Seldom has there ever been such a complete fusion of sensuousness and splendor, form and content, poetry and music, and, above all, such a perfection of vocal virtuosity, as was achieved in the glory days of the Baroque era. The legendary art of the castratos continues to exert its fascination even today, and despite the great human sacrifice it exacted, a new assessment of this extraordinary period is surely justified." - Cecilia Bartoli Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the extraordinary and cruel world of the `Castrati' and sings the glorious music they inspired. The all-new album consists almost entirely of world-premiere recordings of some of the most virtuosic music ever written for the human voice.

Xenia Loffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun: Oboe Concertos (2013)

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Xenia Loffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun: Oboe Concertos (2013)

Xenia Löffler, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle - Johann Gottlieb Graun, Carl Heinrich Graun: Oboe Concertos (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 71:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC24280 | Recorded: 2012

Brothers Johann Gottlieb and Carl Heinrich Graun were highly influential and popular figures in 18th Century Berlin. As musicians of the court of Frederick the Great, Carl Heinrich became an important figure at the new Berlin Court Opera, while Johann Gottlieb strongly influenced early classicism in general as a violinist and composer. The name Graun was like a seal of approval in those days for zestful music rich in ideas, displayed perfectly by this collection of concertos. Oboist Xenia Löffler, a member of the Akademie fu"r Alte Musik Berlin, has distinguished herself as a specialist for the North German repertoire of this period.

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)

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Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)

Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore - Carl Heinrich Graun: Der Tod Jesu (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 465 Mb | Total time: 45:09+56:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67466 | Recorded: 2003

'When all is said and done, Kuijken and Hyperion have given us perhaps the most fully satisfying recording yet of the work—one not likely to be challenged for some time'
(American Record Guide)

Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)

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Rene Jacobs, Concerto Koln - Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)

René Jacobs, Concerto Köln - Graun: Cleopatra e Cesare (1996)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 939 Mb | Total time: 79:01+57:12+62:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 901561.63 | Recorded: 1995

Carl Heinrich Graun was court composer to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and this opera was chosen to open the new opera house in Berlin in 1742. It was a great success, but Handel's opera on the same subject had appeared less than two decades before, and had anyone been familiar with that one, Graun's might have come as a disappointment. Handel gets under his characters' skins–Cleopatra's eight arias tell us everything we have to know about her, for instance–while Graun (merely) offers some beautiful, well-orchestrated, at-times exciting music. Any composer would have been proud to compose Cesare's heart-stoppingly vengeful last-act aria "Voglio strage", and any Read more mezzo (or castrato or countertenor) would be happy to sing it. Here, Iris Vermillion is spectacular, and elsewhere in the opera she's as heroic, romantic, and colorful as our hero ought to be.