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Music For A King

Chamber Works from the Court of Frederick the Great


Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Carl Heinrich Graun, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Johann Gottfried Müthel, Franz Benda, Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

SKU: 41819

Year of release: 2019

1. Ricercar a 3 from Musical Offering BWV1079 Johann Sebastian Bach 06:03
Trio Sonata in e minor QV2:20. 10:50
2. I. Allegro ma non tanto Johann Joachim Quantz 03:41
3. II. Affetuoso Johann Joachim Quantz 03:26
4. III. Vivace Johann Joachim Quantz 03:42
Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, Graun WV B:XVII:53. 14:24
5. I. Largo Carl Heinrich Graun 03:32
6. II. Poco allegro Carl Heinrich Graun 05:15
7. III. Allegretto Carl Heinrich Graun 05:36
Quintetto in a minor Graun WV AV:XIV:14. 15:13
8. I. Amabile Johann Gottlieb Graun 04:08
9. II. Allegro non tanto Johann Gottlieb Graun 05:14
10. III. Allegro alla Siciliano Johann Gottlieb Graun 05:50
Sonata in D major for flute and continuo 14:27
11. I. Adagio Johann Gottfried Müthel 05:43
12. II. Allegro ma non troppo Johann Gottfried Müthel 04:49
13. III. Cantabile Johann Gottfried Müthel 03:54
Sonata in E major for violin and continuo 14:30
14. I. Adagio Franz Benda 03:07
15. II. Allegro ma non troppo Franz Benda 05:59
16. III. Untitled Franz Benda 05:23
17. Andantino con VII Variazioni in G major op. 17 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch 14:26
Duetto in G major Wq.150 / H.598 08:56
18. I. Andante Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 01:47
19. II. Allegro Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 04:04
20. III. Allegretto Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 03:04
Total time: 98:52

About this album

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
from: Liner Notes

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BBC Music Magazine

"Florilegium unveils some less familiar but always felicitous music, ranging from the fragile sounds of a solo clavichord to a vibrant quintet for the unusual scoring of flute, violin, gamba, cello and harpsichord (...) the ensemble's playing really takes wing in JG Graun's Quintet, with its filmy textures and mercurial changes of mood"

Algemeen Dagblad

(...) Prachtig spel, op onder meer het niet vaak gehoorde clavichord.

Opus Klassiek

It is sometimes said that a lot of baroque music is alike, but this album makes it clear that not only have many paths led to the Sanssouci court of Frederick the Great but also that every composer thus represented was indeed capable of individual creativity. We know Florilegium is a top ensemble specializing in baroque music. This album is no exception. Not only is the technical side is taken care of to perfection, but there is also sparkling music. This is the baroque style performed at its best!


This latest from Florilegium is such a musicological feast that it had three quarters won me over before I even pressed ‘play’. It is a wide-ranging two disc celebration of Frederick the Great’s talents as a connoisseur of music and talent-spotter of luminary-calibre musicians.


(…) Solomon plays with articulatory detail, great sound beauty and good phrasing in an interesting Müthel and in a nice duet of his friend C.P.E Bach. The flutist shows complete stylistic communion with the violin of Bojan Cicic: they never break down the gesture or take big risks, but everything is where it should be, thus placing the versions in a very English point of beauty, elegance (...)

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EquimentAmplifier: Classe 5200 | Cables: Van den Hul (exclusive use of Van den Hul cables)
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording NotesThanks to foundation sponsors:
Julian and Annette Armstrong, Margaret and James Lancaster, Stefan Paetke, Sue and Bill Robson, Alan Sainer
Thanks to donors:
Royal College of Music, Diana Allison, Lord Guy Black of Brentwood, Cynthia Butterworth, Jeremy Furniss & Alethea Siow, Andrew Haines, Sue Howell, Andrew Lawton, Allan Murray-Jones, Sir Simon and Lady Victoria Robey Obe, Marion and Peter Stephenson, Jane Wilson, Rikki Wolpowitz, Max Wong
Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD Super Audio / Horus / DSD 256fs
Recording DateNovember 2018
Recording LocationSt. Michael’s Highgate, London UK
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks, Ashley Solomon