Johann Christoph Graupner: Partitas for Harpsichord

Johann Christoph Graupner: Partitas for Harpsichord

by Naoko Akutagawa
     
 

Johann Sebastian Bach was the Leipzig city council's third choice to become cantor at the Thomaskirche, hired only after being turned down by Telemann first and then Johann Christoph Graupner. Despite the fame of this event, Graupner's music (and there is a lot of it in German libraries) remains little known, even to scholars. This disc ofSee more details below

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Johann Sebastian Bach was the Leipzig city council's third choice to become cantor at the Thomaskirche, hired only after being turned down by Telemann first and then Johann Christoph Graupner. Despite the fame of this event, Graupner's music (and there is a lot of it in German libraries) remains little known, even to scholars. This disc of keyboard music is thus welcome, and indeed it reveals some music with the imposing, monumental tone of Bach's own. The program consists of a group of partitas for harpsichord that are close to Bach's partitas in spirit, plus a "Chaconne in A major" that was originally part of one of the partitas that has been detached by the performer, Japanese-German harpsichordist Naoko Akutagawa, and her annotator and mentor Glen Wilson. The reason given for separating the "Chaconne" out -- that it makes for an outsized partita -- is not particularly convincing, and despite the stress laid on this work in the booklet and in Naxos' publicity, it's hard to see why Akutagawa and Wilson are so excited about it. They promote the "Chaconne" as one of a family of giant chaconnes that would also include the "Chaconne" in Bach's sonata for unaccompanied violin in D minor. But the work, which has a lot of aimless passagework and unconvincing tempo shifts, isn't in that class. More convincing are the individual partita movements, with glittering ornamentation overlaid on the basic dance rhythms; Graupner was apparenlty quite a harpsichordist. Akutagawa's performances are crisp and confident in the more difficult passages and appropriately majestic in tone. The sound, with Wilson also serving as producer, is unusually good among Naxos recordings; it is resonant yet clear. Recommended for anybody who has ever wondered about Graupner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313045976
catalogNumber:
8570459
Rank:
169375

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Tracks

  1. Partita in A major, GWV 149  - Christoph Graupner  - Naoko Akutagawa  - Antonio Bossi
  2. Partita in C minor, GWV 150  - Christoph Graupner  - Naoko Akutagawa  - Antonio Bossi
  3. Chaconne in A major  - Christoph Graupner  - Naoko Akutagawa  - Antonio Bossi
  4. L'Hiver (The Winter) Organ Partita No. 1 in F minor  - Christoph Graupner  - Naoko Akutagawa  - Antonio Bossi

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