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World Premieres with the Koelner Akademie

Music of Mattheson and Fischer with the Koelner Akademie, Byzantine chant with John Michael Boyer, and Paul O’Dette performs lute pieces by Marco dall’Aquila.

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Michael Willens

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Michael Willens, director of Die Koelner Akademie.

The German period instrument orchestra known as the Koelner Akademie has been recording world-premieres since its inception. Led by American conductor Michael Alexander Willens, the Akademie has been a champion of famous and little-known composers whose music remains continues to remain relevant.

One composer they’ve tackled is Johann Mattheson, whose German baroque compositions were thought to have been lost after World War II, but resurfaced sometime in the late-1990s. Among the newly-found bounty was a large collection of oratorios, which included the powerful and moving Der liebereiche und geduldige David, “A Patient and Loving David,” after Biblical story about one of King David’s challenges.

Johann Mattheson: Sonata – Vivace to Aria “Heldenkönig, deine schmerzen”
Die Koelner Akademie/Michael Willens — Der liebereiche und geduldige David (CPO, 2009)
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Byzantine Chant

The Harmonia studios was visited by a special guest. Greek-American singer John Michael Boyer came by to chat about Byzantine chant. Boyer is a principal singer in the vocal ensemble Capella Romana and Protopsaltis, or “First Cantor,” of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. Of the many aspects of Byzantine chant, he covered what is known as the “received tradition.”

Christian Orthodox: Festal Trisagion - "As many of you as have been baptized"
Capella Romana/Alexander Lingas — Music of Byzantium: Byzantine Music 1261-1557 (Capella Romana , 2004)
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Fischer and Stamitz Concertos

For volume seven in the Koelner Akademie’s Forgotten Treasures series, the orchestra recorded select oboe concertos by Johann Christian Fischer and Carl Stamitz. The soloist, performing on a copy of a classical oboe, was the ensemble’s principal oboist, Michael Nieseman. And while the concertos have been previously heard in concert, they are recorded here for the first time.

Johann Christian Fischer: Oboe Concerto #1 in C major, II. Andante and III. Rondeau
Die Koelner Akademie/Michael Willens — Forgotten Treasures, vol. 7: Virtuoso Oboe Concertos (Ars Produktion , 2008)
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Featured Release

Our featured recording is a 2010 Harmonia Mundi release of music by Italian lutenist and composer Marco dall’Aquila. His works are performed by lute virtuoso Paul O’Dette, whose program draws from a wide selection dall’Aquila’s works, including ricercars, dances, and setting of popular tunes.

Paul O’Dette will be familiar to many Harmonia listeners as the preeminent American lutenist and one of the world’s foremost lute virtuosos. His recording of Marco dall’Aquila’s music continues his ongoing effort to introduce to as wide an audience as possible lute masterpieces from the Renaissance.

Marco dall’Aquila: La Battaglia, Ricercar [26], Saltarello “La Traditora,” no. 3, Pioverin, and “Il est bel et bon”
Paul O’Dette, lute — Marco dall’Aquila: Pieces for Lute (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Johann Mattheson: Sonata – Vivace to Aria “Heldenkönig, deine schmerzen”
Die Koelner Akademie/Michael Willens — Der liebereiche und geduldige David (CPO, 2009)
Buy from Amazon »
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Christian Orthodox: Festal Trisagion - "As many of you as have been baptized"
Capella Romana/Alexander Lingas — Music of Byzantium: Byzantine Music 1261-1557 (Capella Romana , 2004)
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Johann Christian Fischer: Oboe Concerto #1 in C major, II. Andante and III. Rondeau
Die Koelner Akademie/Michael Willens — Forgotten Treasures, vol. 7: Virtuoso Oboe Concertos (Ars Produktion , 2008)
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Marco dall’Aquila: La Battaglia, Ricercar [26], Saltarello “La Traditora,” no. 3, Pioverin, and “Il est bel et bon”
Paul O’Dette, lute — Marco dall’Aquila: Pieces for Lute (Harmonia Mundi , 2010)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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