Quantz Collegium

Quantz Collegium
Quantz Collegium

Quantz Collegium

Baroque Ensemble

Artistic Director: Jochen Baier

The first founding of the Quantz Collegium dates back to 1936, when the then 22-year-old flutist Ernst Friedrich Wilhelm Bodensohn (1914-2003) founded a chamber music ensemble and gave him the name of the "father" of the German flute history, Johann Joachim Quantz. The 2nd World War destroyed all further plans. After the war, Bodensohn became the first solo flutist of the newly founded SWR-Symphony-Orchestra in Baden-Baden and lived there with his family. In addition to his orchestral work under the conductors Hans Rosbaud (1895-1962) and Ernest Bour (1913-2001), he founded in the 1950s with colleagues once again the Quantz Collegium. After discovering the Wonderful "Favorite Palace" near Rastatt in Germany, he succeeded with great commitment in 1957 for the first time to perform the "Festive Serenades at Rastatt Favorite Palace". The today since more than 60 years existing concert series is charcterized by one particular aspect: The less known composers of the Baroque and Classical periods should be made accessible to the public by confrontating them with the great, unforgettable masters of music history. Furthermore, the historical ensemble of the namesake Johann Joachim Quantz at the court of Frederick II. is role model and obligation for a further focus on musical content: The performance of flute music from the Baroque and the Classical era. With these two programmatic weightings, it has now been possible to achieve an extraordinary variety and longevity with this concert series. An inner desire of the ensemble is the helping to preserve the music of the past in its great diversity and to offer it to the public with living performances. The concerts in the splendid "Sala Terrena" (Garden Hall) of the "Rastatt Favorite Palace" (Schloss Favorite Rastatt), combined with the "historical" costumes of the musicians, resulted in the today's special reputation of the concert series and its almost historical dimension. Since 1982 Jochen Baier has been flutist and since 1991 flutist and leader of the ensemble. Under his direction, the ensemble has developed a wealth of programs through the variety of participating musicians and through intensive researches in libraries and archives. More than 2000 different compositions were performed during this time. During 540 concerts so far (until 2017), about 300 different composers were musically introduced and their curriculum vitae were presented in the historical context with text explanations. So far the concerts have been performed by more than 150 different musicians. Some of whom participated in one concert only. Others, as member of the ensemble, influenced the concert series with their activity through years or decades. View more information (in German) under: www.festliche-serenaden.de.
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The Quantz Collegium plays
Concertos for Flute, Viola, Strings & Basso continuo:

Christoph Graupner (1683-1760): Concerto for Viola in D Major, GWV 314

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda (1745-1814): Concerto for Flute in G Major, Op. 4.1

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Concerto for Viola in G Major, TWV 51:G9

Christoph Graupner (1683-1760): Concerto for Flute & Viola in D Minor, GWV 725

Artistic Director: Jochen Baier

A live recording from Rastatt Favorite Palace in Germany

HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 59 Minutes

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The Rastatt Favorite Palace in Germany

This concert took place in the "Sala Terrena" (Garden Hall) of Rastatt Favorite Palace (Schloss Favorite Rastatt) in Germany. The Palace is the oldest German "porcelain palace" and the only one to survive almost unchanged to this day. The palace and the garden are one of 60 historic monuments in the Germany's Southwest. The "State Organisation for Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg" (in German: "Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg") makes accessible, communicate, develops and preserves these state-owned historic monuments with the aim of preserving the authenticity of the cultural heritage, filling them with life and preserving them for future generations. Detailed information about these unique "Soundscapes" can be found at: www.schloesser-und-gaerten.de


Review

***** A memorable mash-up

A musical revolution occurred in about 1720, with the "style galant" replacing the more learned and complicated music in vogue before then. K&K Verlagsanstalt, which specializes in audiophile recordings made in historic churches and palaces, has put together a winning project here, with the venerable Quantz Collegium (established in 1936) performing highly appealing music from the Garden Hall of the Rastatt Favorite Palace in Baden-Württemberg. Recorded at two live concerts, we have here four concertos for viola or flute, or both, by Graupner, Telemann and FWH Benda, all written in the accessible, tuneful new style. Mention should be made of Josef-Stefan Kindler's superb photos in the CD notes, which I at first took for paintings in the Rococo style of Tiepolo. They capture both the spirit of the original music and venue and that of the Quantz Collegium and K&K's Historically Informed reconstructions.
"Every current of fashion or of worldview", says Walter Benjamin in The Arcades Project, "derives its force from what is forgotten." Three centuries on, the stripping down of J. S. Bach's erudite polyphonic puzzles can seem, according to one's sensibilities or mood, either a vital breath of fresh air or a savage dumbing down for the kind of mindless 18th century twits personified by Hugh Laurie's Prince George in Blackadder's Third Series. Luckily we can still take pleasure in the simple joys of melody and a direct and honest, if sometimes guileless, clarity. This music is well-crafted, but the strongest movements, those in Telemann's Viola Concerto especially, can seem very much self-aware. It won't be long before the streamlining process leads to a new round of mannerist complexities.
Though one won't find the final degree of authentic style from the Quantz Collegium, including the three soloists, flutist Jochen Baier and violists Agata Zieba and Killian Ziegler, there is much to admire in these performances. The admirably spare technology and truly galant way of playing combined with the elaborate costumes and the rococo porcelain excesses of the venue make for a memorable mash-up.

Dean Frey on several-instruments.blogspot.com and on Arkiv Music

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