Krebs: Complete Harpsichord Music

Krebs: Complete Harpsichord Music
Composer Johann Ludwig Krebs
Artist Michele Benuzzi harpsichord
Format 6 CD
Cat. number 95723
EAN code 5028421957234
Release September 2021

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The most comprehensive single-volume collection of keyboard music by one of Bach’s most talented pupils, recorded by an Italian early-music specialist with a distinguished catalogue of 17th-century repertoire.
The son of a Weimar-based organist, Johann Krebs (1713-1780) entered the Thomasschule in Leipzig under the tutelage of Capellmeister Bach at the age of 12 in 1726. There he remained for the best part of a decade, and a glowing testimonial from Bach commended his talents on the clavier, violin and lute, as well as in composition. Krebs never attained the Leipzig post which his instrumental talents deserved, but he served as an organist in several churches south of Leipzig through the course of a long and distinguished professional life which reached fruition as organist at the court of Prince Friedrich of Gotha-Altenburg from 1755 onwards.

The inveterate traveller and commentator Charles Burney reported that ‘M. Krebs of Altenburg, scholar of Sebastian Bach, has been much admired for his full and masterly manner of playing the organ.’ The style of Krebs’s own music reflects the transitional period in which he lived. The hand of the master lightly guides the cosmopolitan elegance of the three partitas on CD1 of this collection. Krebs compiled a Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice) of his own in 1744, from which Michele Benuzzi performs a C major suite and, six lively Italianate sonatas.
A volume of six suites from 1746 shows the influence of the galant style which was coming into fashion at the time, embodied by the output of Bach’s most accomplished son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. Several more suites here are sophisticated examples of Krebs’s mastery in the ‘French and Italian taste’ as well as demonstrating the fluency of his keyboard writing and the craftsmanship of his counterpoint.

This important collection joins several other albums of little-known keyboard music from the period, recorded for Brilliant Classics by Michele Benuzzi. A student of Ottavio Dantone, he has performed the complete sonatas of Scarlatti and given recitals at major festivals in Europe and Asia.

Praise for Michele Benuzzi on Brilliant Classics
‘Michele Benuzzi covers himself in glory with this release. He is the ideal interpreter to bring this music to light: highly sensitive to the gesture and emotion of the music, yet capable of carrying the musical narrative forward in telling fashion.’ Fanfare (Hässler, 94293)

‘Benuzzi’s style is perfectly matched to Nichelmann’s… The style is never labored, but always concentrated and careful.’ Fanfare (Nichelmann, 94809)

‘Michele Benuzzi’s playing is didactic and powerful, quite virile and forceful.' Fanfare (Gallés, 95228)

- Johann Ludwig Krebs was born in Buttelstedt, a small town in Thuringia and was sent to study organ, lute and violin in Leipzig. He spent nine years from 1726 to 1735 studying at the Thomasschule where Johann Sebastian Bach was Kantor. Krebs was considered one of his best students and he was Bach's assistant at the Thomaskirche, playing the harpsichord at the Collegium Musicum under the direction of his Master. Krebs left Leipzig in 1737 to take a position as organist of the Marienkirche in Zwickau. In 1755 he accepted a position as organist at the court of Duke Friedrich of Gotha-Sachsen-Altenberg in Altenburg where he remained until his death in 1780.
- This newly recorded 6-CD set contains the complete music for harpsichord by Krebs. Such was the power and influence of Bach that it is inevitable that Krebs’ style is strongly inspired by his master. Bach once remarked about his highly esteemed pupil: “Er ist der einzige Krebs in meinem Bache” (he is the only crab in my brook). The harpsichord works include Partitas, Suites, Sonatinas and Preludes.
- The instruments used on this recording are a harpsichord by Detmar Hungerberg (2014) after Michael Mietke and a Silbermann Piano by Andrea Restelli (1996) after Gottfried Silbermann 1749.
- Michele Benuzzi is one of the foremost and most enterprising keyboard players of the moment. His earlier recordings for Brilliant Classics, with works by Hässler, Gallés, Nichelmann and Benda, received excellent reviews, Fanfare gave an ‘absolute highest recommendation’ to Benuzzi’s Hässler album. ‘He is the ideal interpreter to bring this music to light: highly sensitive to the gesture and emotion of the music, yet capable of carrying the musical narrative forward in telling fashion.”

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: I. Preludio
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: II. Fuga
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: III. Allemande
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: IV. Corranta
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: V. Sarabande
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: VI. Bourlesca
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: VII. Menuet I
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: VIII. Menuet II
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: IX. Menuet III
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita II in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 823: X. Gigue
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: I. Fantasia
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: II. Fuga
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: III. Allemande
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: IV. Courante
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: V. Sarabande
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: VI. Bourrée
  17. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: VII. Pastorelle
  18. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: VIII. Menuett
  19. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita IV in A Minor, Krebs-WV 825: IX. Gigue

Disk 2

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: I. Präludium
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: II. Fuga
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: III. Allemande
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: IV. Courante
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: V. Sarabande
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: VI. Gavotte
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: VII. Polonoise
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: VIII. Scherzo
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: IX. Menuet
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Partita VI in E-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 827: X. Gigue
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum I in C Major
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum II in D Minor
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum III in E Minor
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum IV in F Major
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum V in G Major
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeambulum VI in A Minor

Disk 3

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: I. Prelude
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: II. Fugue a 3
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: III. Allemande
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: IV. Courante
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: V. Sarabande
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: VI. Gavotte
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: VII. Menuet I
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: VIII. Menuet II
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: IX. Scherzo
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: X. Polonoise
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: XI. Cantable
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in C Major: XII. Gigue
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina prima in A Minor: I. Allegro
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina prima in A Minor: II. Siciliana
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina prima in A Minor: III. Allegro assai
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina seconda in D Major: I. Allegro
  17. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina seconda in D Major: II. Andante
  18. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina seconda in D Major: III. Vivace
  19. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina terza in C Minor: I. Allegro un poco andante
  20. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina terza in C Minor: II. Largo
  21. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina terza in C Minor: III. Allegramente
  22. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quarta in B Major: I. Vivace
  23. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quarta in B Major: II. Adagio
  24. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quarta in B Major: III. Vivace
  25. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quinta in E Major: I. Un poco allegro
  26. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quinta in E Major: II. Andante
  27. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina quinta in E Major: III. Allegretto
  28. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina sesta in F Major: I. Allegro non troppo
  29. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina sesta in F Major: II. Larghetto
  30. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonatina sesta in F Major: III. Tempo di minuetto

Disk 4

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: I. Prelude
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: II. Allemande
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: III. Courante
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: IV. Sarabande
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: V. Menuet
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: VI. Burlesca
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: VII. Rigaudon
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite I in D Major: VIII. Gigue
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: I. Allemande
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: II. Courante
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: III. Sarabande
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: IV. Passepied
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: V. Air
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: VI. Menuet
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite II in B Minor: VII. Gigue
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: I. Fantasia
  17. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: II. Allemande
  18. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: III. Courante
  19. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: IV. Sarabande
  20. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: V. Harlequinade
  21. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: VI. Polonoise
  22. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: VII. Gavotte
  23. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: VIII. Menuet alternat
  24. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: IX. Menuet II
  25. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite III in E-Flat Major: X. Gigue
  26. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: I. Allemande
  27. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: II. Courante
  28. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: III. Sarabande
  29. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: IV. Bourrée I
  30. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: V. Bourrée II
  31. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: VI. Polonaise
  32. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite IV in C Major: VII. Capriccio

Disk 5

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: I. Prelude
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: II. Allemande
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: III. Courante
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: IV. Sarabande
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: V. Menuet I
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: VI. Menuet II
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite V in F Major: VII. Gigue
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: I. Allemande
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: II. Courante
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: III. Sarabande
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: IV. Rondeaux
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: V. Menuet alternat
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: VI. Trio
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite VI in C Minor: VII. Gigue
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: I. Prelude
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: II. Fuga
  17. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: III. Allemanda
  18. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: IV. Courrante
  19. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: V. Sarabande
  20. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: VI. Bourrée I
  21. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: VII. Bourrée II
  22. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: VIII. Menuet I
  23. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: IX. Menuet II
  24. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: X. Gavotte
  25. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: XI. Polonoise
  26. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: XII. Aria un poco vivace
  27. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: XIII. Gigue
  28. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Suite in A Minor: XIV. Tempo di menuet – Trio

Disk 6

  1. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: I. Ouverture
  2. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: II. Lentement
  3. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: III. Vivement
  4. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: IV. Paisan
  5. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: V. Menuett I
  6. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: VI. Menuett II en Trio
  7. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: VII. Gavotte
  8. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: VIII. Air avec doubles
  9. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: IX. Passepied I
  10. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: X. Passepied II
  11. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Ouverture in G Minor: XI. Rigaudon
  12. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Concerto in G Major, Krebs-WV 821: I. Allegro
  13. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Concerto in G Major, Krebs-WV 821: II. Andante
  14. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Concerto in G Major, Krebs-WV 821: III. Vivace
  15. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonata in A Minor: I. Fantasia – Allegro
  16. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonata in A Minor: II. Allegretto
  17. Johann Ludwig Krebs: Sonata in A Minor: III. Allegro assai