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Leipzig Shortlist—December 3 & 4

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Fasch recording Volume II now available

PHILADELPHIA, PA: The Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players continue Tempesta di Mare’s tenth anniversary season on December 3 and 4 with Leipzig Shortlist: Telemann, Fasch, Graupner or Bach? in Center City and Chestnut Hill. Bach, Telemann, Fasch and Graupner were all finalists for the same job in Leipzig. The post – famously – went to Bach, the search committee’s bottom choice. In Leipzig Shortlist landmark baroque works and modern premieres make compelling cases in support of all four of these composers.

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Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players, Gwyn Roberts, flute and recorder, Emlyn Ngai and Karina Fox, violin, Daniela Giulia Pierson, viola, Eve Miller, cello, Anne Peterson, bass, Richard Stone, lute, and Adam Pearl, harpsichord perform works by the three musicians who the search committee in Leipzig  invited to apply for the Thomaskirche job: Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Johann Christoph Graupner, and the harpsichord concerto in f-minor of one Johann Sebastian Bach, who won the job, and was, famously, the committee’s bottom choice.

The works on this concert not only display four distinct musical personalities, but also a level of craft that make compelling arguments in favor of hiring any of these composers.

Works on the program are:

  • Fasch’s Recorder Concerto, FWV L:F-deest* (Gwyn Roberts, recorder), heard here in its US premiere, is a recent rediscovery. It was identified in a manuscript collection not in Germany but at the New York Public Library.
  • Fasch’s Lute Concerto in D Minor FWV L:d1* (Richard Stone, lute), possibly the finest surviving lute concerto from the German High Baroque and written for the great lutenist at the court of Dresden, Silvius Leopold Weiss.
  • Graupner’s Entrata per musica di tavola, GWV 453 (suite of banquet music) will receive its modern world premiere performance on these concerts.
  • Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056   (Adam Pearl, harpsichord)—stands in contrast to the rest of Bach’s keyboard concerti on account of its compact form.
  • and Telemann’s “Paris” Quartet XII in E Minor, TWV 43:e4

* Part of our live-in-concert, modern premiere recording for Chandos to be released in 2012.

FASCH Orchestral Works, Vol. 2: now available on Chandos Records (CHAN 0783)

Chandos Records just released Tempesta di Mare’s second all-premieres CD of orchestral music by Bach-contemporary Johann Friedrich Fasch, the group’s fifth release on the prestigious British label. The music was recorded live-in-concert on Tempesta di Mare’s 2010-2011 concert series in Philadelphia and includes:

  • Concerto for Orchestra in D, FWV L:D5,
  • Overture in A Minor, FWV K:a1,
  • Sinfonia in G Minor, FWV M:g1,
  • Concerto for Orchestra in G, FWV L:G13.

The performance editions for three of the works on this CD were curated and edited from manuscripts by Tempesta di Mare’s Artistic Directors, and all are published by Prima la musica!.


Tempesta di Mare will complete its live-in-concert recording project for Chandos Records of orchestral works by Bach-contemporary Johann Friedrich Fasch during the 2011–2012 season. We recorded the Overture in D, FWV K:D2 and the Concerto in F, “Konzertsatz”, FWV L:F3 this past October. In December we will record Fasch’s Lute and Recorder concertos with soloists Richard Stone and Gwyn Roberts, respectively.  The final selection will be recorded on this series in March. Together these works will comprise its sixth Chandos disc and also the third and final in a series dedicated to this extraordinary composer’s work. It will be released in Fall 2012.

Tempesta di Mare’s first CD of works by Fasch was released in 2008.

Hailed as “Sensational” (Die Volksstimme, Magdeburg), Tempesta di Mare’s performance of Fasch works at the International Fasch Festival in Zerbst, Germany this spring were the first by a non-European ensemble in the festival’s 38-year history. Fasch (1688-1758) is now acknowledged as having one of the most distinctive musical voices of the German High Baroque, alongside Bach, Handel, Telemann and Zelenka. “These works are all significant, new contributions to the concert and recorded repertoire that represent the breadth of Fasch’s orchestral œuvre,” comments artistic co-director Gwyn Roberts. She adds that recording these pieces live “inspires us to our most exciting playing and makes our audiences an integral part of the project.”

The recording project has been made possible in part by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, by The William Penn Foundation. the Musical Fund Society, and by the Beneficia Foundation.

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