TELEMANN: Sonatas for Viola, Harpsichord & B.c.
Sonatas for Viola, Harpsichord & B.c.
Music Art Movie by Josef-Stefan Kindler
after and with Georg Philipp Telemann's
Sonata in G Major for Viola Da Gamba & Basso Continuo
(from: "Der getreue Music Meister", 1728)
and "Essercizii Musici" (1741),
performed by the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik
8 Chapters · Runtime: c. 21 Minutes
Telemann: Sonata in G for Diskant-Viola da gamba and B.c.
from 'Der getreue Music Meister', 1728
1. (1) Siciliana
2. (2) Vivace
3. (3) Dolce
4. (4) Scherzando
Telemann: Sonata in G for Viola da gamba, Harpsichord obligato and B.c.
from 'Essercizii Musici', 1741
5. (1) Andante
6. (2) Allegro
7. (3) Largo
8. (4) Presto
he beginnings of the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik go back as far as the 16th century. As the city fathers considered good instrumental music to be an important part of civic representation at official ceremonies and in the main churches they made sure that respected musicians worked for them. Based on the principal "for the glory of God - and the pleasure, delight and benefit of Hamburg" the city boasted an elite ensmble of eight civic instrumentalists who were able to compete with many a princely court orchestra. The ensemble enjoyed its heyday during the 17th century under such leading musicians as William Brade and Johann Schop. During the 18th century, Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach called on the services of Hamburg's civic instrumentalist for their performances, before the ensemble fell victim to effiency measures in the 19th century.
Since we re-established the ensemble in 1991 we have built up an extensive and remarkable repertoire with devotion and enthusiasm in more than fourteen years of working together. For us, the music of our predecessors, with its close dependance on rhetoric and articulation rich in nuances, is so eloquent that it is closer to human speech than any other form of music. With its clear structures and varied rhythms, borrowed from centuries-old dances, the music of the 16th to 18th centuries developed its own "swing". The adventure of re-descovering unknown early music, lying dormant in Europe's libraries, is also tempting and the "resuscitation" of these treasures is our exciting objective. We present audiences with these works at concerts, on recordings for radio broadcast and CD release and in publications for international publishing houses.
The Hamburger Ratsmusik has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Handel Festival in Göttingen and Halle, the International Bach-Fest Leipzig, the Baroque Festival at Bad Arolsen and many others. The ensemble has also gained a nationwide reputation through first recordings for the Christophorus, Thorofon and NCA labels, as well as broadcasts for the NDR, MDR, Radio Bremen, WDR, SWR and HR broadcasting companies. 2006 the Hamburger Ratsmusik was awarded the Echo Klassik, the most important German music award. The international press praises the "subtlety" and the "excellent knowledge of baroque style" of the ensemble's interpretations - and the Hamburger Ratsmusik itself as a "leading ensemble for early music".
t the age of eight, when asked what she wanted to be Simone Eckert answered: "gamba player". Ignoring the warning that she should get a "proper job" she lives and works as a freelance musician in Hamburg. She studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensiswith H. Mueller and J. Savall. She finished her studies in 1990 with a diploma in early music. In 1991 she founded the ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik. She has taught, since 1992 at the Hamburger Konservatorium and holds seminars on the viola da gamba in both Germany and England. Apart from the repertoire of the renaissance, baroque and early classics she also concentrates on modern music for the viol. A large number of works have been dedicated to her and performed by her for the first time. She performs as a soloist, ensemble leader and lecturer in Germany, other European countries an Japan.
ublishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording outstanding performances and concerts for posterity. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital HD. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.
The concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery supply the ideal conditions for our aspirations. It is, above all, the atmosphere of the romantic, candle-lit arches, the magic of the monastery in its unadulterated sublime presence and tranquillity that impresses itself upon the performers and audience of these concerts. Renowned soloists and ensembles from the international arena repeatedly welcome the opportunity to appear here - enjoying the unparalleled acoustic and architectural beauty of this World Heritage Site, providing exquisite performances of secular and sacred music, documented by us in our Maulbronn Monastery Edition.
Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt