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Music, News: New Album

16th September 2013

After his recording debut with violin concertos from Dresden Johannes Pramsohler releases his second CD and takes on a new challenge: launching his own label, Audax Records, where he aims to give forgotten and neglected masterworks a befitting place. With a thoroughly researched musicological programme of violin sonatas by Corelli, Telemann, Leclair, Handel and Albicastro, Johannes commemorates Arcangelo Corelli's death and pays hommage to one of the key figures in music history. Corelli published his violin…

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Johannes' CD Pisendel – Violin concertos from Dresden has been recommended and hailed as 'exceptional' in the October issue of the Spanish music magazine 'Scherzo'. Read the full review from Scherzo (in Spanish) here…

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Music: BR-Klassik Review

11th November 2012

Neben Vivaldi und Torelli war er der größte Star-Geiger der Zeit und ein Komponist von Rang dazu: Johann Georg Pisendel. Virtuose Violinkonzerte von ihm und von Komponisten seines Dresdner Umfelds haben der Johannes Pramsohler und die International Baroque Players aufgenommen - eine Debüt-CD, die zugleich eine Reihe von Weltersteinspielungen präsentiert. Unter August dem Starken erblühte die Residenzstadt Dresden in allen Künsten zum "Elbflorenz". Auch in der Musik. Die Dresdner Hofkapelle war ein wahres…

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It’s no longer unusual that student musicians devote themselves to HIP performance after they finish their conservatory training; but it is slightly unusual that a whole ensemble grows out of a sharedstudent experience. Yet that is precisely what this debut recording celebrates – the International Baroque Players was born out of one year’s intake into the European Baroque Ochestra scheme and the Brittens-Pears Baroque Orchestra, and without any big name conductor at the helm, they have hopefully now made the…

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18th century Dresden must have been a dazzling place, both visually and aurally. Under Augustus the Strong and his successors, all the arts were used for Electoral display. So one might marvel at the Electoral art collection, the architecture of the Zwinger, the Meissen china, the treasures in the Grünes Gewölbe, the operatic performances, the music at court and in the Royal chapel. The orchestra, the Dresden Hofkapelle, was one of the largest and finest in Europe, with first class musicians in all sections, so…

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Der Violinvirtuose Johann Georg Pisendel unterhielt Kontakte zu zahlreichen bedeutenden Musikern seiner Zeit: Er ließ sich am Ansbacher Hof unter der Anleitung von Giuseppe Torelli ausbilden und besuchte 1709 erstmals Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar. Ende 1711 wurde Pisendel dann zum „Premier violon“ am Hof des Sächsischen Kurfürsten in Dresden ernannt. In dieser Funktion reiste er 1716/17 nach Venedig und lernte dort Antonio Vivaldi kennen. Später weilten Georg Friedrich Händel und Johann Friedrich Fasch…

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