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Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – The Paris Album (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – The Paris Album (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:58 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

Ensemble Diderot continues to explore the development and dissemination of the trio sonata in baroque Europe with this exciting new release. Entirely dedicated to works from the era after Lully’s death, this album celebrates the newly found freedom at the time when composers started to combine French style with transalpine ardour. Johannes Pramsohler and his musicians bring their usual precision, passion and energy to this programme packed with new discoveries.

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Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – The London Album (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – The London Album (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:55 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

Five years after their celebrated Dresden Album, Johannes Pramsohler and his colleagues of Ensemble Diderot continue their journey exploring the trio sonata in baroque Europe with a programme dedicated to works from Purcell’s London. Through a combination of well-known works and world premieres they show how English composers used the new Italian form as a vehicle for their creative output and how easily foreign composers picked up the English idiom to create chamber music that could hardly be more profound and expressive.

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Johannes Pramsohler, Gulrim Choi, Philippe Grisvard – Hellendaal: “Cambridge” Sonatas (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Johannes Pramsohler, Gulrim Choi, Philippe Grisvard – Hellendaal: “Cambridge” Sonatas (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:08:03 minutes | 834 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

Pieter Hellendaal was one of the star violinists who – like Geminiani and Veracini – appeared as a soloist during the intermissions of Handel’s operas in London. Exploring Hellendaal’s sonata manuscript in Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, Johannes Pramsohler brings to light a composer firmly rooted in the Corellian tradition, yet reminiscent of his teacher Tartini in his melodic invention and of Locatelli in his stunningly virtuosic cadenzas.

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Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – Sonatas For Three Violins (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – Sonatas For Three Violins (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:19:44 minutes | 915 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

The music recorded here encompasses a period of around a hundred years. The earliest works come from the time around 1600, which is considered one of the most profound watersheds in musical history. The new expressiveness unleashed above all by Monteverdi’s music was at the same time also potent in the increasingly independent instrumental music. This development is directly connected with the emancipation of the violin and its marvelous cantabile and virtuoso possibilities. When the composers started to make the individual sections of the ricercar into independent contrasting movements, and accordingly separated them from each other also in terms of tempo, the transition to a cyclical manner of formation, that is to say, to a stringing together of independent movements, was initiated and a meaningful musical organization adopted as a maxim.

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Johannes Pramsohler & Philippe Grisvard – Handel: Violin Sonata in D, HWV 371 (EP) (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johannes Pramsohler & Philippe Grisvard – Handel: Violin Sonata in D, HWV 371 (EP) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 11:48 minutes | 259 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Audax Records

The Violin sonata in D major (HWV 371) was composed (c. 1749-50) by George Frideric Handel, for violin and keyboard (harpsichord). Other catalogues of Handel’s music have referred to the work as HG xxvii,47; and HHA iv/4,28. This sonata represents Handel’s last piece of chamber music. The piece was not published by Walsh. The designation Opus 1 No.13 was first made in the Chrysander edition. A typical performance of the work takes about twelve minutes.

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Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – Echoes of the Grand Canal (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Ensemble Diderot & Johannes Pramsohler – Echoes of the Grand Canal (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:18:01 minutes | 846 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

“Illuminated by the golden glow of the sun, the cloud on high radiates in splendor, reddens.” The text of Hasse’s motet reads like a description of a cloud as painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the greatest decorative painter of eighteenth-century Europe. Ensemble Diderot and mezzo-soprano Diana Haller offer a fascinating soundscape to accompany the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the death of the Venetian master. Two world premiere recordings give yet again proof of the adventurous spirit that reigns over Johannes Pramsohler and his crack team of musicians.

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Johannes Pramsohler, Nahuel Di Pierro – German Cantatas with Solo Violin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johannes Pramsohler, Nahuel Di Pierro – German Cantatas with Solo Violin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:24:02 minutes | 1,58 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax

Continuing their research into the vast hinterland of German cantatas from the early baroque period, Johannes Pramsohler and the musicians of his excellent Diderot Ensemble here dive into the austere and strange music of Biber, but also the less-well-known works of Johann Christoph Bach, great uncle of Johann Sebastian and musicians like Pachelbel, Bruhns and Eberlin. Johannes Pramsohler brings a particular fire and mystical sensuality to this new album (heavenly and earthly delights never being so far apart), and intense celestial flights to his violin playing. A range of international singers have left behind opera and dived with staggering ease into a completely different repertoire. The architects of this success, the supply and airy voice of the Canadian mezzo Andrea Hill, the perfectly gloomy timbre of Spanish tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado and the dark colours of the Argentine bass Nahuel di Pierro, sound the depths of this music driven by a great piety.  –  François Hudry

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Johannes Pramsohler & Philippe Grisvard – French Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Johannes Pramsohler & Philippe Grisvard – French Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:55:48 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax

Sonatas for violin and obligato harpsichord by Guillemain, Mondonville, Corrette, Duphly, Marchand, Balbastre and Clément. Powerful, elegant, and refined – In 1740, with the op. 4 of Jean-Joseph Cassan a de Mondonville, a new genre appeared on the scene in France, a genre that was to fundamentally overturn the relationship to the harpsichord – until then a continuo instrument when it was not playing alone: the Pieces de clavecin en sonates avec accompagnement de violon.

Contrary to what the title might suggest, the two instruments engage in a dialogue as equals. Unknowingly, Mondonville imitated the Sei Suonate Cembalo certato e Violino solo that Bach had composed ten years earlier. Moreover, he introduced a thoroughly Italian flavour – certainly an echo of the concertos by Corelli and Vivadli that at the time were often heard at the Concert Spirituel. The following decade then experienced a veritable rage for this form: Corrette, Guillemain, Balbastre, and others put their visions of the theme on paper – each in a very personal manner.

The “Dream Team” (Early Music Review), made up of the two indefatigable researchers Philippe Grisvard and Johannes Pramsohler, has rediscovered this neglected part of the violin-harpsichord repertoire and now presents a captivating selection of the genre’s best works in world premiere recordings on an opulent double album.

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