Baroque Edition, The Artistry of Erik Bosgraaf

Baroque Edition, The Artistry of Erik Bosgraaf
Composer Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, George Frideric Handel, Jacob Van Eyck, Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Erik Bosgraaf recorders
Francesco Corti harpsichord
Izhar Elias baroque guitar
Ensemble Cordevento
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 96440
EAN code 5028421964409
Release October 2021

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“That man can do anything!” exclaimed the late, legendary recorder player and conductor Frans Brüggen when asked by Tijdschrift Oude Muziek about his young colleague Erik Bosgraaf. “He had an upcoming concert of the music of Van Eyck at the Amsterdam Amstel church and sent me an invitation. His playing was superb, so inspired and technically impeccable.” It was Brüggen’s birthday, but that didn’t stop him attending. When soon afterwards Brüggen conducted Bach’s Actus tragicus (Cantata BWV106) in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, he invited Bosgraaf to play the first recorder part.

Erik Bosgraaf’s quick rise to fame is directly attributable to his debut on Brilliant Classics: a three-disc box devoted to Jacob van Eyck’s (1589/90–1657) “Der Fluyten Lust-hof” (The Recorder’s Garden of Delight). Released in 2007 on the 350th anniversary of the Utrecht composer’s death, the recording was made at the request of the Van Eyck scholar Thiemo Wind who said he had never before come across a recorder player with so much understanding of this virtuoso solo repertoire and such a capacity for playing it: the sprezzatura, the casual ease and spontaneity this music, originating in improvisation, demands. The set was a worldwide hit, even winning over some diehard recorder haters. Erik Bosgraaf was clearly one of the instruments greatest players.

This 5-disc set offers a sample of Erik Bosgraaf’s achievements in the field of baroque music, beginning with Van Eyck and embracing his milestone recordings of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann.

Jacob van Eyck – “Der Fluyten Lust-hof” (selection). The blind Utrecht municipal carillonneur played his recorder on summer evenings in the Janskerkhof for people strolling in the park. He must have been a brilliant virtuoso, judging by the two volumes of “Der Fluyten Lust-hof”, which comprise mostly variation sets on popular tunes of the period and psalm melodies using a technique akin to diminution called simply breecken in Dutch, or “breaking”, the notes of a theme are broken into groups of smaller value, with increasing virtuosity as a result.

J.S. Bach – “Solo Concertos”. We know that most of Bach’s harpsichord concertos are adaptations of his own solo concertos for a melody instrument. These concertos are Bosgraaf’s transcriptions for his instrument: “my answer to the question: what would Bach have done had he composed concertos for the recorder?”

Handel – “The Recorder Sonatas”. This is the first (2008) of three duo collaborations with harpsichordist Francesco Corti. Handel was truly a man of the stage (some of the recorder sonatas movements are also found in his operas) and these two musicians bring the drama of this music home.

Vivaldi – “Recorder Concertos”. Erik Bosgraaf: “Recorder players are fortunate that Vivaldi, the Red Priest of Venice, composed a body of concertos for their instrument that, while perhaps less well known, can easily view with his famous “Four Seasons”. This is fantastic music!”

Telemann – “The Recorder Sonatas”. In his own day Telemann was the most popular composer in Germany, his fame far exceeding that of Johann Sebastian Bach. His popularity is perfectly understandable, as he composed for both amateurs and professionals and had a feeling for entertainment, for music that everybody could understand, however untutored their ears. Another facet of his genius was facility on a large number of instruments, among them the recorder, and it’s that familiarity with the practice and the physical material that present-day players still experience. Telemann is one of Bosgraaf’s favourite composers: “If Bach is a master chef, then Telemann is a master chef’s cook book. Bach serves ready-to-eat dishes, Telemann offers the ingredients for you to work with. You will get nowhere without imagination!”

Other information:
· Recordings date from 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015
· Trilingual booklet in English, Dutch and German contains a profile of the artist and notes about each of the five programmes
· “That man can do anything!” exclaimed Frans Brüggen, after hearing a concert by Erik Bosgraaf in 2007. The eminent recorder player and conductor’s encouragement was the starting point of an international career and rise to fame of the young recorder virtuoso.
· Erik Bosgraaf is one of the most remarkable recorder players of today. Equally at home in early as well as contemporary music he extends the limits of his instrument, achieving an extreme range of expression and unheard-of effects. He travels the world, giving his unorthodox concerts combining the old and the new, in his own inimitable way. He worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Melbourne SO, The Hague Residentie Orchestra, as a soloist and even as conductor.
· This 5-CD set, “The Artistry of Erik Bosgraaf” brings together the most successful recordings made for the Brilliant Classics label, featuring his iconic “Der Fluyten-Lusthof” by Jacob van Eyck, Bach Recorder Concertos, Vivaldi Recorder Concertos, Handel Recorder Sonatas and Telemann Recorder Sonatas, recordings which were met with outstanding critical acclaim in the international press.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Jacob Van Eyck: Preludium of Voorspel, NVE 1
  2. Jacob Van Eyck: Phantasia, NVE 90
  3. Jacob Van Eyck: Lavolette, NVE 133
  4. Jacob Van Eyck: Een Schots Lietjen, NVE 60
  5. Jacob Van Eyck: Comagain, NVE 33
  6. Jacob Van Eyck: Silvester in de Morgenstont, NVE 92
  7. Jacob Van Eyck: Lanterlu, NVE 30
  8. Jacob Van Eyck: Pavaen lachrymæ, NVE 8
  9. Jacob Van Eyck: Rosemont, NVE 11
  10. Jacob Van Eyck: 1. Balet, of Vluchste Nimphje van de Jaght, NVE 116
  11. Jacob Van Eyck: Amarilli mia bella, NVE 68, Modo 4
  12. Jacob Van Eyck: Engels Nachtegaeltje, NVE 28 & 115
  13. Jacob Van Eyck: Doen Daphne d’over schoone Maeght, NVE 3
  14. Jacob Van Eyck: Si vous me voules guerir, NVE 24
  15. Jacob Van Eyck: Psalm 118, NVE 4
  16. Jacob Van Eyck: Courante Mars, NVE 46 & 57
  17. Jacob Van Eyck: Fantasia & Echo, NVE 16
  18. Jacob Van Eyck: Wat zal men op den Avond doen, NVE 52
  19. Jacob Van Eyck: Præludium, NVE 89
  20. Jacob Van Eyck: Fantasia, NVE 145
  21. Jacob Van Eyck: Gabrielle maditelle, NVE 71
  22. Jacob Van Eyck: Sarabande, NVE 10
  23. Jacob Van Eyck: Boffons, NVE 108
  24. Jacob Van Eyck: Repicavan, NVE 54
  25. Jacob Van Eyck: Bocxvoetje, NVE 144

Disk 2

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in G Major, BWV deest: I. Allegro
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in G Major, BWV deest: II. Adagio
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in G Major, BWV deest: III. Presto
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in B-Flat Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in B-Flat Major, BWV 1055: II. Larghetto
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in B-Flat Major, BWV 1055: III. Allegro ma non tanto
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Major, BWV 1053: I. Allegro
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Major, BWV 1053: II. Siciliano
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Major, BWV 1053: III. Allegro
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: I. Allegro
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: II. Adagio
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1059: III. Presto
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

Disk 3

  1. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365: I. Larghetto
  2. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365: II. Allegro
  3. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365: III. Larghetto
  4. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365: IV. A tempo di gavotte
  5. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365: V. Allegro
  6. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: I. Largo
  7. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: II. Vivace
  8. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: III. Furioso
  9. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: IV. Adagio
  10. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: V. Alla breve
  11. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: VI. Andante
  12. Georg Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367a: VII. A tempo di menuet
  13. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360: I. Larghetto
  14. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360: II. Andante
  15. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360: III. Adagio
  16. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360: IV. Presto
  17. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 377: I. Allegro
  18. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 377: II. Adagio
  19. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in B-Flat Major, HWV 377: III. Allegro
  20. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362: I. Larghetto
  21. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362: II. Allegro
  22. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362: III. Adagio
  23. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362: IV. Allegro
  24. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in D Major, HWV 369: I. Grave
  25. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in D Major, HWV 369: II. Allegro
  26. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in D Major, HWV 369: III. Alla Siciliana
  27. Georg Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in D Major, HWV 369: IV. Allegro
  28. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, HWV 358: I. Allegro
  29. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, HWV 358: II. Adagio
  30. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, HWV 358: III. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 444: I. Allegro non molto
  2. Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 444: II. Largo
  3. Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 444: III. Allegro molto
  4. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: I. Largo
  5. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: II. Presto – Largo – Andante – Presto
  6. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: III. Largo
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 439: IV. Allegro
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 98: I. Allegro
  9. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 98: II. Largo
  10. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 98: III. Presto
  11. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 105: I. Allegro
  12. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 105: II. Largo
  13. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor, RV 105: III. Allegro molto
  14. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 442: I. Allegro non molto
  15. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 442: II. Largo cantabile
  16. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F Major, RV 442: III. Allegro
  17. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Minor, RV 441: I. Allegro non molto
  18. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Minor, RV 441: II. Largo
  19. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Minor, RV 441: III. Allegro
  20. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Major, RV 443: I. Allegro
  21. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Major, RV 443: II. Largo
  22. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C Major, RV 443: III. Allegro molto

Disk 5

  1. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in A Minor, TWV 41:a4: I. Andante
  2. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in A Minor, TWV 41:a4: II. Allegro
  3. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in A Minor, TWV 41:a4: III. Andante
  4. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in A Minor, TWV 41:a4: IV. Presto
  5. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in C Minor, TWV 41:c2: I. Largo
  6. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in C Minor, TWV 41:c2: II. Allegro
  7. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in C Minor, TWV 41:c2: III. Dolce
  8. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonatina in C Minor, TWV 41:c2: IV. Vivace
  9. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1: I. Triste
  10. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1: II. Allegro
  11. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1: III. Andante
  12. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1: IV. Vivace
  13. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C2: I. Cantabile
  14. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C2: II. Allegro
  15. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C2: III. Grave
  16. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C2: IV. Vivace
  17. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B3: I. Largo
  18. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B3: II. Allegro
  19. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B3: III. Largo
  20. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:B3: IV. Vivace
  21. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, TWV 41:F2: I. Vivace
  22. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, TWV 41:F2: II. Largo
  23. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Major, TWV 41:F2: III. Allegro
  24. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in D Minor, TWV 41:d4: I. Affettuoso
  25. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in D Minor, TWV 41:d4: II. Presto
  26. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in D Minor, TWV 41:d4: III. Grave
  27. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in D Minor, TWV 41:d4: IV. Allegro
  28. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f2: I. Adagio
  29. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f2: II. Allegro
  30. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f2: III. Adagio
  31. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f2: IV. Gigue
  32. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C5: I. Adagio-Allegro-Adagio-Allegro
  33. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C5: II. Larghetto
  34. Georg Frideric Handel: Sonata in C Major, TWV 41:C5: III. Vivace