Joy to the World

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Royal Christmas
Joy to the World

Baroque Christmas at the English Court,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by the Ensemble Nel Dolce

Works by Henry Purcell (1659-1695), George Frideric Handel (1685-1759),
Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686-1768), Nicola Matteis (1650-1713),
John Dowland (1563-1626), Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704),
Gottfried Keller (1650-1704), Pierre Prowo (1697-1757) & Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Stephanie Buyken (Recorders & Vocals) · Olga Piskorz (Violin)
Harm Meiners (Cello) · Flóra Fábri (Harpsichord)

A live recording from Bad Homburg Palace in Germany

HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 60 Minutes


Work(s) & Performance
Castle Concerts

In castles and palaces - Romance through the centuries

Castles and fortresses, kings and dukes have always stimulated the imagination and stand for romance through the centuries. Aristocrats and lords of the manor as patrons of arts, the emotional music culture at the courts and legendary castles are programmatical subjects, which dedicates the series "Castle Concerts" from many aspects. The fact, that romance in music encompasses much more than the so named epoch, makes many of the compositions from different centuries and their interpretation by outstanding artists, which are presented in this series, palpable.
Listen to that also in the concert here. The fact, that even Baroque composers put a lot of emotion into their mostly formal rigorous compositions, can be experienced during our festive Advent concert. The concert, titled "Royal Christmas - Joy to the World", provides an insight into the music culture at the English court during the Baroque period, when all kind of musical art in Europe was unthinkable without the king's and ruler's role as patron of arts. The German landgraves of Hessen-Homburg has also encouraged arts. But above all, they have left us with the castle church in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe a wonderful place, where the four musicians of the ensemble "Nel Dolce" virtuosly performed strongly different compositons on reconstructed historical instruments. Let yourself be carried away to a glorious time and enjoy baroque joie de vivre.
Decisive for the conception of this concert was a performance schedule, which could have sounded like this or similar like this at the English court in London as a Christmas concert at the time of the High-Baroque era. Almost without exception, composers were selected, who were either born in England or emigrated from other European countries to London to create and perform in this cultural metropolis during the Baroque period. At that time London's cultural life was characterized by a mixture of many different regional music styles of Europe, brought by many immigranted musicians and composers from numerous countries (especially from France, Italy and Germany) from their homeland. The various Christmas aspects in the selected compositions are expressed, among other things, by the selected keys, which had a strong meaning in the Baroque period. The bow spans from D Major as a happy-shining key over the contemplatively warm key F Major (the Baroque musician Johann Mattheson wrote: "The noblest and highest feelings are as simple as the feelings of a beautiful person, who succeeds everything.") to B-Flat Major, which Mattheson ascribes the affects "joyful", "great" and "with sweet modesty".

Series & Edition


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Music that is new, pieces worth listening to and well worth conserving, little treasures from the traditional and the avantgarde - music that is unimaginable anywhere else but in the hotbed of Europe - we capture these in our Castle Concerts Series of recordings in their original settings in cooperation with Volker Northoff.

Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt

Works, Movements & Tracklist

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
1. Prelude in D Major [1:52]
for Recorder, Violin, Cello & Basso Continuo

George Frideric Handel (1685‐1759)
Trio Sonata in F Major, Op. 2 No. 4, HWV 389
for Alto Recorder, Violin & Basso Continuo
2. I. Larghetto [2:08] ~ 3. II. Allegro [2:50]
4. III. Adagio [2:15] ~ 5. IV. Allegro [1:59]
6. V. Allegro [2:11]

George Frideric Handel (1685‐1759)
7. Joy to the World [1:34]
for Soprano, Violin & Basso Continuo
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686-1768)
Cello Sonata No. 1 in C Major
for Cello, Violin & Basso Continuo
8. I. Amoroso [1:40] ~ 9. II. Allegro [1:54]
10. III. Tempo giusto [1:43] ~ 11. IV. Allegro [2:40]

Nicola Matteis (1650‐1713)
12. Sonata "Ad imitatione della Trombetta" in D Major [4:52]
for Recorder, Violin, Cello & Basso Continuo
from: "The Second Book of Aires for two Violins & Bass"

John Dowland (1563-1626)
13. Awake sweet love thou art return'd [2:57]
for Soprano, Violin & Basso Continuo
No. 19 from "The Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres"

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644‐1704)
14. Sonata III in B Minor, C 92 "The Nativity" [5:43]
from the "Mystery Sonatas" for Violin & Basso Continuo

Gottfried Keller (1650-1704)
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major
for Recorder, Violin & Basso Continuo
15. I. Adagio - Allegro [1:49] ~ 16. II. Allegro [1:16]
17. III. Adagio [1:25] ~ 18. IV. Allegro [1:00]

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8
"Fatto per la Notte di Natale" · "Christmas Concerto"
for Alto Recorder, Violin & Basso Continuo
19. I. Vivace - Grave [1:13] ~ 20. II. Allegro [2:27]
21. III. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio [3:02] ~ 22. IV. Vivace [1:00]
23. V. Allegro [2:00] ~ 24. VI. Pastorale ad libitum: Largo [3:48]

Pierre Prowo (1697-1757)
25. IV. Presto from the Trio Sonata in D Minor, Twv 42:d10 [1:43]
for Alto Recorder, Violin & Basso Continuo
(formerly attributed to Georg Philipp Telemann)

26. Applause [0:49]

A concert recording to "Direct 2-Track Stereo Digital HD"
from the church of Bad Homburg Castle in Germany, December 14th 2014,
recorded, released & created by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler
in cooperation with Volker Northoff

Concert Date: December 14, 2014

Sound & Recording Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger

Mastering: Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler

Photography: Josef-Stefan Kindler

Artwork & Coverdesign: Josef-Stefan Kindler


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