Christoph Graupner: Orchestral Suites

Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Petra Aminoff, flute
Tindaro Capuano, chalumeau
Asko Heiskanen, chalumeau
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin
Krzysztof Stencel, baroque horn
Jani Sunnarborg, bassoon



Booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish.


October 2013

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1220-2


Track listing

CD 76:29
Christoph Graupner (1683-1760)
Suite for transverse flute, viola d’amore, chalumeau, strings and cembalo in F major, GWV 450 20:49
1 I Ouverture 6:16
2 II Air en Gavotte 2:12
3 III Hornepipe 2:28
4 IV Air en Sarabande 3:27
5 V Air en Polonese 1:27
6 VI Air en Menuet 4:53
Suite for viola d’amore, bassoon, strings and cembalo in G major, GWV 458 25:18
7 I Ouverture 5:17
8 II Air 1:50
9 III Tempo di Sarabande 5:10
10 IV Tempo di Bourrée I/II 2:54
11 V Air: Largo 5:25
12 VI Menuet I/II 4:42
Suite for transverse flute, viola d’amore, two chalumeaus, baroque horn, strings and cembalo in F major, GWV 451 29:53
13 I Ouverture 6:50
14 II Air 4:57
15 III Sarabande 3:41
16 IV Menuet I/IV 7:25
17 V Marche 1:34
18 VI Chaconne 5:26

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Press review

The performances by the Finnish Baroque Orchestra are exemplary.

Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone, February 2014

Complete description

Music historians of our time invariably describe the early 18th century as the era of Johann Sebastian Bach. But if one were to have asked German musicians living at the time, they might well have described it as the era of Georg Philipp Telemann. The distinguished music encyclopedia published by Johann Gottfried Walther - J.S. Bach's cousin, as it happens - in 1732 devotes four times more space to the fashionable maestro of Hamburg than to the humble Thomaskantor.

Graupner's total surviving output comprises some 2,000 separate works, including ten operas, a hundred symphonies, a thousand cantatas, 85 orchestral suites and 44 concertos. A significant part of his orchestral output consists of concertos and suites with diverse, sometimes very curious instruments in the solo ensembles.

Among the rarer solo instruments he favoured were the flûte d'amour, a flute pitched a third lower than the normal transverse flute, and the viola d'amore, an instrument roughly the same size and shape as a viola but with resonating free strings in addition to the (usually) seven strings played with the bow. Combining the traverso and hunting horn in the same concerto, or the viola d'amore and the chalumeau, was extremely exceptional for the period.

What is significant in Graupner's music is his exceptional command of melody and harmony, which do not really resemble those of any of his contemporaries.

A second volume featuring Graupner's chamber music will be released in autumn 2014.