Music: Planet Hugill – Pisendel review

18th July 2012

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 that the group specialised in the con molti stromenti style where multifarious instruments came forward for solo moments, neither strictly a solo concerto nor a Corelli-style concerto gross….

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