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Müthel – The Five Keyboard Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-2179 CD
Release date2015-04-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time127:06

“Marcin Swiatkiewicz ist ein brillanter Solist, und das ebenfalls polnische Ensemble ‘Arte dei Suonatori’ präsentiert sich in einem attraktiven, lebendigen und schillernden Klanggewand.” Pizzicato; “Ces pages sont remarquablement interpretés par Marcin Swiatkiewicz et l'ensemble Arte dei Suonatori.” Classica

Johann Forkel, the biographer of J.S. Bach, numbered Müthel among the most remarkable of Bach’s pupils. Another of the great chroniclers of 18th century music, Charles Burney, described Müthel's works as 'so full of novelty, taste, grace, and contrivance, that I should not hesitate to rank them among the greatest productions of the present age.’ Nevertheless, today Johann Gottfried Müthel (1728-88) is very far from being a household name – or indeed known at all. One reason for this may be that shortly after his encounter with Bach and an ensuing study tour during which he met other greats of German music – Hasse, C.P.E. Bach and Telemann – Müthel disappeared from the musical centre stage. In 1753 he moved to Riga, the capital of what was then the Province of Livonia, a part of the Russian Empire. There he worked as Kapellmeister at one of the aristocratic households of the city, before becoming organist of St Peter’s Church, a position he probably held until his death. In Müthel's five concertos for keyboard and strings we nevertheless meet a composer very much of his time: the ‘era between eras’ between the Baroque and Viennese Classicism. Although based on the pattern of J.S. Bach's keyboard concertos they are distinctly individual, displaying sophisticated rhythms and harmonic playfulness. Through the alternation of orchestral effects and chamber-music character Müthel achieves an unusual degree of variety, and also includes operatic ingredients, such as the recitativic episodes in the opening movement of Concerto No.5 or the dramatic Adagio middle movement of Concerto No.4. Presenting them on this set of two CDs, the young Polish harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz is also making his début on BIS. He is supported by his compatriots in the acclaimed period band Arte dei Suonatori, who clearly relish the often intricate and always eventful orchestral parts.
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Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Muthel, Johann Gottfried
  Keyboard Concerto No.1 in C minor 31:31
01 I. Andante 11:28 $ 2.75 USD
02 II. Adagio 11:13 $ 2.69 USD
03 III. Allegro ma non troppo 08:50 $ 2.12 USD
  Keyboard Concerto No.2 in D minor 22:18
04 I. Moderato 09:04 $ 2.18 USD
05 II. Adagio 07:58 $ 1.91 USD
06 III. Allegro di molto 05:16 $ 1.26 USD
Disc 2
  Composer: Muthel, Johann Gottfried
  Keyboard Concerto No.4 in D major 23:37
01 I. Moderato 07:03 $ 1.69 USD
02 II. Adagio 10:46 $ 2.58 USD
03 III. Allegro ma non troppo 05:48 $ 1.39 USD
  Keyboard Concerto No.3 in G major 22:42
04 I. Non troppo Allegro 08:52 $ 2.13 USD
05 II. Un poco Adagio 09:17 $ 2.23 USD
06 III. Vivace 04:33 $ 1.09 USD
  Keyboard Concerto No.5 in B flat major 24:17
07 I. Allegro – Adagio (Recitativo) – Poco Adagio –
Allegro… –
07:49 $ 1.88 USD
08 II. Poco Adagio 10:09 $ 2.44 USD
09 III. Allegro 06:19 $ 1.52 USD
  Album total 127:06
ComposerMuthel, Johann Gottfried
OrchestraArte dei Suonatori
HarpsichordSwiatkiewicz, Marcin

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