Johann Joachim Quantz was one of the 18th century's most prolific composers, yet most of
his music remains unpublished. A pioneer of the 'mixed taste' combining French, German
and Italian elements, and an important figure during the transition from Baroque to
Classical styles, Quantz wrote an impressive body of work for the flute-playing Frederick
the Great at whose court he served for more than three decades. These six Flute Sonatas
rank among his very best, exemplifying his exquisite taste and masterful technique.
Flutist Verena Fischer's complete Quantz sonata cycle began this year, with Sonatas Nos. 272-277. The numbering is confusing: original pieces are mixed up with those actually composed by Frederick the Great, but at least 204 authentic works by Quantz survive. With approximately five sonatas per disc, and the projected release of one disc per year, the complete cycle should be finished by 2050. It will be interesting to see if the artists (not to mention the record industry) survive the entire process, or if Sharon Bezaly on BIS beats them to it. -- Classics Today, David Hurwitz, January 2010