cd the court of bayreuth


COMPOSER: Adam Falckenhagen (1697-1754), Joachim Bernhard Hagen (1720-1787), Christian Gottlieb Scheidler (1752-1815)

RELEASE DATE: April 2010

FORMAT: 1 CD Jewelcase

CAT. NUMBER: 94026

EAN CODE: 5028421940267

13C BAROQUE LUTE: Miguel Serdoura



about this release

Frederick the Great's court in Potsdam was a recreation in Germany of Versailles -Frederick loved all things French. He also imported the baroque lute, an instrument that had been created in France. Frederick was a gifted flautist, and employed Johann Joseph Quantz as his court composer and teacher. Meanwhile, Princess Wilhelmina, Frederick's sister, was a gifted lutenist and pupil of the great Silvius Weiss. She and she and her husband the Margrave of Bayreuth, established a small scale Versailles of their own in the small north Bavarian town. They built a delightful opera house in the town that still exists.

Wilhelmina employed both Adam Falckenhagen(1697-1754) and Joachim Bernhard Hagen (1720-87), the latter being the pupil of the former. Hagen was employed at Bayreuth primarily as a violinist after studies with Geminiani, however his many lute concertos and sonatas were composed for Bayreuth. Not until the 1870s and the arrival of Richard Wagner would this normally sleepy town return to being one of the centers of musical life in Germany.

The third composer on this CD is Christian Gottlieb Scheidler (1752-1815), one of the last great German lutenists. Although not connected with Bayreuth, his work 12 Variations on a theme by Mozart represents the last known work written for the lute, and therefore is an apposite choice to end this program of German classical lute music.

further information

  • New recording from 2009
  • Fascinating and little known repertoire from one of Germany's 18th century cultural powerhouses
  • Scholarly booklet notes
  • The second Brilliant Classics recording featuring Miguel Serdoura


Joachim Bernhard Hagen (1720-1787)

Sonata in F Minor: I. Largo - 04:38
Sonata in F Minor: II. Allegro - 03:14
Sonata in F Minor: III. Gustoso - 04:11

Adam Falckenhagen (1697-1754)

Sonata in G Minor: I. Largo - 05:47
Sonata in G Minor: II. Allegro un poco - 02:31
Sonata in G Minor: III. A tempo giusto - 06:35

Christian Gottlieb Scheidler (1752-1815)

Variations in F on a theme from Mozart’s Don Giovanni: Allegro - 08:57

Adam Falckenhagen (1697-1754)

Sonata in E-Flat: I. Largo - 04:50
Sonata in E-Flat: II. Allegro un poco - 05:18
Sonata in E-Flat: III. Vivace - 02:13

Joachim Bernhard Hagen (1720-1787)

Sonata in B-Flat: I. Andante - 04:53
Sonata in B-Flat: II. Allegro ma non troppo - 05:01
Sonata in B-Flat: III. Allegretto - 03:57


Total timing: 62'05