Jan­itsch: Sonatas, etc

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Tem­pesta di Mare CHANDOS ★★★★★

Though less well known now than con­tem­po­raries such as Graun and Benda, Jo­hann Got­tlieb Jan­itsch was also part of the group of mu­si­cians at the heart of Fred­er­ick the Great’s court orches­tra in the 18th cen­tury. Jan­itsch played the dou­ble bass, but he was also a pro­lific com­poser. Though only a frac­tion of his mu­sic sur­vives, it in­cludes more than 70 sonatas and 30 sin­fo­nias. Much of that ma­te­rial was thought to have been de­stroyed in Ber­lin dur­ing the sec­ond world war, but it resur­faced in Kiev in 1999 and was sub­se­quently re­turned to Ger­many.

The Philadel­phia-based baroque ensem­ble Tem­pesta di Mare in­cludes a sub­stan­tial over­ture and four sonatas in their Jan­itsch se­lec­tion. They are tidy per­for­mances of fairly un­re­mark­able pieces, though the sonatas da chiesa and sonatas di cam­era in­di­cate Jan­itsch was writ­ing for highly com­pe­tent in­stru­men­tal­ists. In their time they were much ad­mired, and re­main a bit more than his­tor­i­cal cu­rios. AC

Im­mac­u­late pre­ci­sion … Ric­cardo Chailly and the Lucerne Fes­ti­val Orches­tra; be­low,

Laura van der Hei­j­den

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