Look Back #1: Fasch
If you’ve followed Tempesta for a while, you’re certainly familiar with the name Johann Friedrich Fasch. Richard and Gwyn travelled to Dresden to examine manuscripts held in the Saxon State Library, many of which had been damaged by flooding caused by bombing during World War II. That foray into the vaults became a years-long project, with Tempesta giving numerous works their first performances in over 200 years, and recording many of them for release on the Chandos label. On Revival and Rediscovery, Tempesta plays the US premiere of another orchestral work of wonder by “The Fantastic Herr Fasch”—the Concerto for Orchestra in D, FWV L: D2.
Tempesta plays Fasch, October, 2012
Look Back # 2: Kusser
Tempesta gave the US premiere of one suite, Ouverture IV from Kusser’s Apollon enjoué in 2014, and now it’s time for another (No. 2).
Read our blog from that time to look back at the interesting program in which we first explored Apollon enjoué, and prepare for more.
Look Back # 3: Rameau
The Suite from Rameau’s Pygmalion was a favorite on the Great Books program in 2013. Tempesta brings it back for a fresh hearing on Revival and Rediscovery. You can read Audio Books, from our blog, and check out video from the 2013 performance:
Tempesta plays Rameau, May, 2013
Look Back #4: Janitsch
Tempesta’s relationship with Janitsch is similar to that with Fasch, but it’s been more of a slow burn. This season, we’ve finally carved out time to record some favorite works by Janitsch for release by Chandos. We’ve been waiting for years for the right moment to do that, since Gwyn and Richard had hands-on time with recovered Janitsch pieces in the Berlin Sing-Akademie archive, a vast collection that was considered lost after World War II, but rediscovered in 2001. There’s much more to the story—find out more in Bringing Back Janitsch and Music In Exile.