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JF Fasch: Overture Symphonies-FWV K:D1

Magazine article Gramophone

JF Fasch: Overture Symphonies-FWV K:D1

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JF Fasch

Overture Symphonies--FWV K:D1; FWV K:D2; FWV K:F4; FWV K:G5; FWV K:G21

Les Amis de Philippe / Ludger Remy

CPO (F) CP0777 952-2 (75' * DDD)

Like his more famous contemporary Telemann, Johann Friedrich Fasch was always alert to the latest musical trends. When the Italian sinfonia became fashionable north of the Alps, he responded with his own hybrid genre incorporating the traditional French Baroque overture within the sinfonia's three-movement plan. The upshot was a series of eight 'Overture Symphonies', scored for strings with an assorted array of wind and brass, five of which are included here.

Fasch was renowned for his wind- and brass-writing, and you can hear why in the panoplies of horns and trumpets, expertly manipulated, in the two D major overtures, and the quartet of horns, plus oboes and bassoons, in the second of the G major works. Telemann, much admired by Fasch, is the obvious reference point in music on the cusp of the Baroque and the galant (counterpoint is at a premium), though for all his musical savoirfaire, Fasch lacks Telemann's gift for a catchy tune and a piquant harmonic twist. …

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