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The Musical Treasures of Leufsta Bruk II

In the 18th century, Leufsta Bruk – some 140 kilometres northwest of Stockholm – was the centre of a major industry producing iron both for Swedish needs and for export. It was a little principality in the middle of the forest governed by the descendants of Louis De Geer, the Belgian financier who had developed the ironworks. Highly cultured and musical, the family gathered together a remarkable collection of musical scores, a collection which mirrors the development of music and music publishing on the Continent, as well as the musical activities at a flourishing Swedish manor of the period. Presenting a sample from the Leufsta collection, this disc contains music by international stars – Tartini and Handel – as well as less familiar names, such as the London-based German composer Gottfried Keller and the Swedish composers Johan Helmich Roman and Hinrich Philip Johnsen. Concertos, keyboard solos, sonatas and duets bear testament to the entertainments – often with the active participation of members of the De Geer family themselves – that enlivened the evenings at Leufsta in the mid-18th century. The programme closes with music that has a special connection to the church of Leufsta Bruk and its famous organ from 1728: excerpts from Johnsen’s Church Music, composed for the Easter Day service of 1757. Bringing these musical treasures to life is the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, whose many recordings on BIS have created a following around the world. Released in 1985 their version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with soloist Nils-Erik Sparf, is still considered one of the classic recordings of this work. More recently the forerunner of the present disc (Musical Treasures of Leufsta Bruk I, BIS-CD-1526) was described as a ‘superbly performed … unique collection of pieces demonstrating an eclectic and aristocratic taste of the early 18th century’ by the reviewer on the website MusicWeb International.
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  Composer: Tartini, Giuseppe
  Violin Concerto No.2 in E minor, D55 14:28
01 I. Allegro 06:36 $ 1.39 USD
02 II. Largo 02:59 $ 0.63 USD
03 III. Allegro 04:53 $ 1.03 USD
  Composer: Keller, Gottfried
  Sonata No.1 in D minor for 2 flutes and b.c. 04:24
04 I. Adagio 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
05 II. Allegro 01:29 $ 0.31 USD
06 III. Vivace 00:29 $ 0.10 USD
07 IV. Presto 01:06 $ 0.23 USD
  Composer: Anonymous
  Sonata in C minor for cello and harpsichord 11:49
08 I. Adagio – Presto 02:05 $ 0.44 USD
09 II. Aria con sua variatione. Moderato 06:48 $ 1.43 USD
10 III. Menuet 01:11 $ 0.25 USD
11 IV. Gigue 01:45 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
12 Duet from the opera ‘Ottone’ (A’ teneri affetti) for 2
German flutes and b.c.
04:19 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Tartini, Giuseppe
  Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, D15 16:35
13 I. Allegro 08:03 $ 1.69 USD
14 II. Cantabile 02:19 $ 0.49 USD
15 III. [Allegro] 06:13 $ 1.31 USD
  Composer: Roman, Johan Helmich
  Flute Sonata No.4 in G major (BeRi 204) 19:10
16 I. Largo 03:20 $ 0.70 USD
17 II. Allegro 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
18 III. Larghetto 02:19 $ 0.49 USD
19 IV. Vivace 01:00 $ 0.21 USD
20 V. Allegro 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
21 VI. Non presto 00:48 $ 0.17 USD
22 Allegro moderato 06:13 $ 1.31 USD
  Composer: Johnsen, Hinrich Philip
  from Kyrko-Musique på Påsk-Dagen 1757(Church Music for Easter Day 1757) 04:18
23 Grave – Allegro 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
24 ‘Till Utgång’ (‘Extroit’) 01:15 $ 0.26 USD
  Album total 77:22
Handel (Händel), Georg Friedrich
Johnsen, Hinrich Philip
Keller, Gottfried
Roman, Johan Helmich
Tartini, Giuseppe
Flauto traverso/recorderOllén, Bjorg (Björg)
Torssander, Olle
Harpsichord / organGafvert (Gäfvert), Bjorn (Björn)
CelloYamahiro Brinkmann, Mime
EnsembleDrottningholm Baroque Ensemble
ViolinSparf, Nils-Erik

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