Molter: Orchestral Music & Cantatas (Full Album)
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Artist:Camerata Bachiensis, Julia Kirchner (soprano)
Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765) was a younger contemporary of J.S. Bach. The two composers were born in small Thuringian towns half a day’s ride away from each other, and then travelled farther afield to make their names in major cities: Bach, south to Leipzig, Molter north to Karlsruhe.
The quantity of Molter’s extant music as well as its relative simplicity preclude more detailed comparison with the Kapellmeister of Leipzig, but he deserves to be known for a great deal more than the odd trumpet concerto which has made his name as part of the repertoires of (for example) Maurice Andre, Ludwig Guttler and John Wallace. This album valuably redresses that balance of neglect with historically informed studio recordings of vocal and chamber music which reveal a surprisingly cosmopolitan, vivacious and inventive personality in music. Most of these works are either hitherto unrecorded or long unavailable in any other version. Thus the album is essential listening for Baroque aficionados.
Johann Melchior Molter was born in 1696 in Thüringen, where his musical talent was quickly recognised. He served in the orchestra at the court of Karlsruhe. Later he broadened his horizon by going to Italy, where he encountered Albinoni, Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti. He imbued their melodious gifts, studied their instrumental skills and went home to Karlsruhe, where he spent the rest of his life as court composer.
Molter’s works are festive and ceremonial, a happy mix of German counterpoint, Italian brilliance and French grandeur.
This new recording presents an attractive variety of orchestral works and cantatas: a Symphony, an Overture, a Flute Concerto and Oboe Sonata, combined with two Italian secular cantatas, dealing with the vicissitudes of love.
Performed on period instruments by the Camerata Bachiensis, soprano Julia Kirchner and Roberto De Franceschi, playing the oboe and traverso.
Excellent liner notes in both English and German.
00:00:00 Sinfonia in D Major, MWV 7.24: I. —
00:01:57 Sinfonia in D Major, MWV 7.24: II. Andante
00:06:08 Sinfonia in D Major, MWV 7.24: III. —
00:09:44 Cantata in G Major, MWV 2.26: I. Aria “In petto ho un certo affanno”
00:16:43 Cantata in G Major, MWV 2.26: II. Recitativo “Ardo tacita amante”
00:17:56 Cantata in G Major, MWV 2.26: III. Aria “L’adorar beltà che piace”
00:23:54 Concerto in A Major, MWV 6.13: I. —
00:28:01 Concerto in A Major, MWV 6.13: II. Adagio
00:32:06 Concerto in A Major, MWV 6.13: III. —
00:35:05 Sonata à quadro in F Major, MWV 9.20: I. Allegro
00:37:10 Sonata à quadro in F Major, MWV 9.20: II. Largo
00:40:15 Sonata à quadro in F Major, MWV 9.20: III. Allegro
00:42:11 Overture in B-Flat Major, MWV 3.7: I. Overture
00:46:44 Overture in B-Flat Major, MWV 3.7: II. Paisan. Viste
00:48:22 Overture in B-Flat Major, MWV 3.7: III. Passecaille
00:51:13 Overture in B-Flat Major, MWV 3.7: IV. Menuet
00:52:30 Cantata in E-Flat Major, MWV 2.25: I. Aria “Care erbette amiche piante”
01:00:16 Cantata in E-Flat Major, MWV 2.25: II. Recitativo “Dilettissimo tirso”
01:01:05 Cantata in E-Flat Major, MWV 2.25: III. Aria “Colle ninfe e coi pastori”