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Concentus Musico-Instrumentalis 1 [Import]

Johann Joseph Fux , Armonico Tributo Austria , Lorenz Duftschmid Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lorenz Duftschmid
  • Orchestra: Armonico Tributo Austria
  • Composer: Johann Joseph Fux
  • Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arcana Records
  • ASIN: B00000JKGO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Serenada in C major, K352: Fanfare ex C
2. Serenada in C major, K352: Marche
3. Serenada in C major, K352: Gique
4. Serenada in C major, K352: Menuet
5. Serenada in C major, K352: Aria
6. Serenada in C major, K352: Intrada
7. Serenada in C major, K352: Rigadon
8. Serenada in C major, K352: Ciacona
9. Serenada in C major, K352: Guique
10. Serenada in C major, K352: Menuet
11. Serenada in C major, K352: Final
12. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: (Grave) - Allegro - (Grave)
13. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Menuet
14. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Aria
15. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Fuga
16. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Lentement
17. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Gique
18. Overture for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola & continuo in D minor, E.109: Aria
19. Overture in G minor, K355: (Grave) - Allegro - Grave
20. Overture in G minor, K355: Rigadon - Trio Bouré
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance! September 17, 1999
The music of Fux is definitely something that has needed to be rerecorded for the last thirty years and finally here it is in a lively and most inspired performance by Armonico Tributo Austria under the expert direction of Lorenz Duftschmid. Fux is primarily remembered as a theoretician because of his Gradus ad Parnassum but little if any of his music has ever been recorded and that's been a terrible oversight until now. The pieces performed on this recording present a composer whose talent is at the very least comparable to that of his more illustrious contemporaries such as J.S. Bach, Handel, and Jean Baptiste Lully. As well written as the seranada and the two overtures are, the surprise saved for the end is the "Turcaria". This is a suite of pieces arranged as a psuedo-ballet. The orchestration and the firey almost bombastic interpretation certainly predicts the "alla Turca" of Mozart and Beethoven. I certainly look forward with great anticipation to a volume two of Fux performed by this wonderful orchestra! - Norbert Fronczak
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of this recording September 28, 2007
Johann Joseph Fux was a contemporary of Bach, but his compositions owe more to the lyrical, Austrian-Italian musical tradition of Biber, Muffat, and Schmelzer than to the contrapuntal complexities of his North German colleagues. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that he was the author of the most revered counterpoint textbook (Gradus ad Parnassum, Vienna, 1725) in the history of Western music. Written in Latin in the form of a Socratic dialog, the book offered such a thorough and systematic course of self-study in the musical language of "Golden Age" composers such as Palestrina, and was so immediately successful, that it completely obliterated Fux's reputation as a composer. In some ways this unfortunate turn of events was understandable, for his music is as simple, tuneful, and pleasing as his textbook is austere and intimidating. An encounter with Fux the composer must have come as a shock to his latter-day scholarly admirers, a musical revelation equivalent to the scene from The Wizard of Oz in which Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the Wizard as a clever, grandfatherly old charlatan. The four suites on this recording--one a compilation of Fux's exotic "Turkish" music from various sources--are simply delightful. They follow the typical Baroque pattern of an introductory Overture (or Fanfare, in one case), followed by a selection of characteristic arias and dances. Even better, this beautifully planned and vibrantly performed disc promises to be the first in a series. It's high time we got to know the ingratiating "other side" of this fascinating, indeed legendary, musical figure.

--David Hurwitz
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Johann Joseph Fux (1660 - 1741): Concentus Musico-Instrumentalis I: Serenada K. 352; Overture E. 109; Overture K. 355; Turcaria. Performed by: Armonico Tributo Austria [Gunar Letzbor, Chiharu Abe, Ilja Karol, Wolfhard Schuster, Brigitte Täubl, Barbara Erdner and Sigurd Imsen, violins; Peter Aigner and Eva Posvanecz, viola; Lorenz Duftschmid, viola da gamba; Juris Teichmanis, violoncello; Walther Rumer, violone; Andreas Lackner and Herbert Walser, baroque trumpets; Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi, baroque oboes; Alberto Grazzi, bassoon; Michael Oman, recorder; Eduardo Eguez, tiorbo; Norbert Zeilberger, harpsichord; Charl Fischer, percussion; Gerald Endstrasser, carillon], dir. Lorenz Duftschmid. Recorded in the "Kaisersaal" (Imperial Hall) of the Benedictine Monastery at Kremsmünster, Austria, in September 1997. Published in 1998 as Arcana A 58. Total playing time: 61'50".

Lorenz Duftschmid here enables us to re-discover the instrumental music of Johann Joseph Fux (his name rhymes with "looks"), a composer who, if not completely forgotten, is normally associated with sacred music (and, of course, with his treatise "Gradus ad Parnassum", but I think the other reviewers have said enough about that.) Fux was, for many years, Kapellmeister at the Imperial Court in Vienna. This CD presents a collection of festal suites, which Lorenz Duftschmid has put together from Fux's "Concentus Musico-Instrumentalis" and from other sources. "Festal" not only because the music was composed for festive occasions, but because the fanfares with their kettle drums and trumpets and the suites with their superb winds remind one of other baroque music composed for royal occasions - such as Handel's "Water Musick" or Johann Helmich Roman's "Drottningsholm-Musiken".
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