Johann Jakob Walther: Hortulus Chelicus
By Sean Yung-Hsiang Wang; Matthew Dirst; Barrett Sills. By Johann Jakob Walther. Classical. Listening CDs (4 discs). Published by Centaur (NX.CRC3493-3494-3495-3496).
Item Number: NX.CRC3493-3494-3495-3496
Little is known about the life of German violinist and composer Johann Jakob Walther. It is said that he was a violinist in the orchestra of Cosimo III from 1670 to 1674, and afterwards was concertmaster at the court of Dresden. Forty of Walther's compositions are extant, and are contained in two volumes: Scherzi da Violino solo con il basso continuo, published in 1676, and Hortulus chelicus, published in 1688. This release features his Hortulus Chelicus, which scholars believe was composed between 1650 and 1688. In this collection, Walther wrote at a new, higher technical playing level for the violin. The musicians featured on this recording perform on period instruments- Baroque violin, harpsichord, and Baroque cello.
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