Bertouch: Trio Sonatas
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Georg von Bertouch: Trio Sonatas and pieces from The Music Book of Jacob Mestmacher

Catalogue Number: TOCC0006
EAN: 5060113440068
Release Date: 6 February 2005
Duration: 65:50

Trio Sonatas
and pieces from
The Music Book of Jacob Mestmacher

Bergen Barokk

Georg von Bertouch (1668–1743) was a man of action, quite literally: he took part in no fewer than 22 battles, and ended his career as commandant of Akershus Castle, which still overlooks the harbour in Oslo – the portrait on the cover of this CD was photographed in the office of the present-day commandant. But Bertouch, a German-born Norwegian, was also one of the leading composers of the day, corresponding with Bach and other prominent musicians. His music reveals a knowledge of Corelli and other contemporary developments, but retains a fresh, almost innocent, spontaneity with an infectious appeal. Here it is interspersed with dances and airs used in domestic music-making in Baroque Bergen.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-3 Sonata No. 8 in G major (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Peter Spissky, violin
Bjarte Eike, violin
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
7:01
1 I. Vivace 1:35 play
2 II. Adagio 1:44 play
3 III. Andante 3:42 play
4-5,9,14-15,26 Pieces from the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
14:11
4 March (No. 106) 1:35 play
5 Aria (No. 248, with variations by Bergen Barokk) 2:40 play
6-8 Sonata No. 15 in F minor (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Peter Spissky, violin
Bjarte Eike, violin
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
6:11
6 I. Canona Allegro 1:48 play
7 II. Adagio 1:53 play
8 III. Andante 2:30 play
4-5,9,14-15,26 Pieces from the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
14:11
9 Paspie de la Compertanje (No. 75) 2:13 play
10-13 Sonata No. 11 in F major (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Peter Spissky, violin
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
7:22
10 I. Vivace 1:28 play
11 II. Allegro 2:09 play
12 III. Adagio 1:47 play
13 IV. Allegro 1:58 play
4-5,9,14-15,26 Pieces from the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
14:11
14 Menuetto (No. 13) 2:00 play
15 Gavotte Alternativement (No. 53) 3:17 play
16-19 Sonata No. 21 in B flat minor (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
7:32
16 I. Andante 2:01 play
17 II. Vivace 2:13 play
18 III. Adagio 1:35 play
19 IV. [Allegro] 1:43 play
20-21 Sonata No. 17 in E flat major (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
5:31
20 I. Largo 1:56 play
21 II. Andante 3:35 play
22-25 Sonata No. 12 in D minor (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Peter Spissky, violin
Bjarte Eike, violin
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
8:56
22 I. Andante 2:19 play
23 II. Adagio 2:50 play
24 III. Allegro 1:19 play
25 IV. Allegro 2:28 play
4-5,9,14-15,26 Pieces from the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
14:11
26 Allegro et Trio (No. 166) 2:26 play
27-30 Sonata No. 14 in G minor (1738)

Georg von Bertouch, composer
Bergen Barokk, ensemble
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, viola da gamba
Frode Thorsen, recorder
Kjersti Sellevåg, traverso
Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

(first recording)
9:06
27 I. Largo 2:48 play
28 II. Andante 3:30 play
29 III. Adagio 1:20 play
30 IV. Vivace 1:28 play

Artists

Georg von Bertouch

Georg von Bertouch, composer

Bergen Barokk, recording Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst Volume 3, TOCC0074

Bergen Barokk, ensemble
[credit: Jørn Pedersen]

Peter Spissky

Peter Spissky, violin
[credit: Markus Lindgren]

Bjarte Eike

Bjarte Eike, violin
[credit: Gorm Valentin]

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, cello, viola da gamba

Frode Thorsen

Frode Thorsen, recorder

Kjersti Sellevåg, traverso

Hans-Knut-Sveen

Hans Knut Sveen, harpsichord

Reviews

Review

Patric Standford Music & Vision 19th January 2008

These delightful trio sonatas by Georg von Bertouch (1668-1743), interspersed with pieces from “The Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher”, tumble blinking into the light courtesy of Toccata Classics […]. Italianate in design, these sonatas compare favourably with Bach’s (with whom Bertouch was a regular correspondent), thought without Bach’s extensive motivic development. One would never have guessed that Bertouch, a gifted violinist, conductor and composer, was actually a career soldier, having fought in 22 battles before ending his days as commandant of Akershus Castle in Christiania (now Oslo ). […]

Bergen Barokk provides extra colour by varying the instrumentation in accordance with the principles of the day; the ensemble mixes and matches violins, recorders, transverse flute, cello, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, often to beautiful effect […]. The performances overall are first-rate […]. Given that Bertouch will be totally unfamiliar to all but a few listeners, the extensive booklet notes provide essential historical and musicological information. A welcome release from an important independent label.

William Yeoman Classical Source

Bertouch’s sonatas are charming and, often, cleverly wrought. Bergen Barokk plays them persuasively, ringing the instrumental changes from a pair of violins, recorder, transverse flute, and obbligato gamba and harpsichord.

Bertouch was the son of a Norwegian family, but German-born. His approach is thoroughly European. Many movements are Corellian in style, though his German training is reflected in some effective canons – the imitation between the parts flows easily and is cleverly hidden, even if contrived within a limited harmonic vocabulary. There are surprises: a poignantly chromatic Adagio; an infectiously jolly 6/8 vivace.

[…] In all, a welcome and revealing collection of first recordings.

BBC Music Magazine

[…] this collection, beautifully played by Bergen Barokk, and with a spendidly clear recorded sound, […] allows us to discover a little-known repertoire and fill another historical gap in our ever-expanding knowledge of the music of this period.

International Record Review

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