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Chamber Music (19th Century) - GIULIANI, M. / CARULLI, F. / KUFFNER, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / KRAHMER, E. (Cafe Vienna) (Petri, Hannibal)

Chamber Music (19th Century) - GIULIANI, M. / CARULLI, F. / KUFFNER, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / KRAHMER, E. (Cafe Vienna) (Petri, Hannibal)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2009


Lars Hannibal


Michala Petri



Egedal Church, Kokkedal, Denmark

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Total Time - 62:04
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Chamber Music (19th Century) - GIULIANI, M. / CARULLI, F. / KUFFNER, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / KRAHMER, E. (Cafe Vienna) (Petri, Hannibal)

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Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 52

1 I. Andante sostenuto 4:10
 Michala Petri Soloist
2 II. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto 4:59
 Michala Petri Soloist
3 III. Rondo Militaire 8:04
 Michala Petri Soloist



Fantaisie sur un Air National Anglais, Op. 102

 Michala Petri Soloist



Potpourri sur des Airs Nationaux Francais, Op. 226

 Lars Hannibal Soloist



Mandolin Sonatina in C minor, WoO 43a (arr. for recorder and guitar)

 Michala Petri Soloist

Mandolin Sonatina in C major, WoO 44a (arr. for recorder and guitar)

 Lars Hannibal Soloist



Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 32

 Lars Hannibal Soloist



Potpourrie on Themes of Beethoven and Rossini

 Michala Petri Soloist



Variations on an Austrian Folk Tune Gestern Abend war Vetter Mikkel da

 Michala Petri Soloist

OUR Recordings wishes to congratulate recorder virtuoso Michala Petri on her 40th year as  performing artists. Together with long-time duo partner, guitarist Lars Hannibal, Michala performs a program of rare and enchanting 19th century works for Recorder – evoking the convivial charm of a Viennese coffee house ca. 1800.
Four hundred years before Starbuck’s served their first Frappuccino®, an enterprising soldier from the Polish-Habsburg army by the name of Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki, opened the first coffee house in Vienna. As with all truly significant historic events, the momentous launch of “Coffee Culture” is shrouded in myth and legend. Whatever the truth may be, the craze for coffee quickly spread throughout central Europe and along with it, a unique “coffee house” culture began to flourish. Even in the dark days before “Free WiFi”, the unhurried, congenial atmosphere of the coffee house became a magnate for literati, artists, poets and musician – it was quite simply as the place to see and be seen. For this program, Michala and Lars have become the imaginary “house band” in order to recreate the experience of a enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon kaffeklatsch in Vienna at the dawn of the 19th century. So fix yourself a cup of your favorite bean, invite a friend to join you, put on this disc and let the enchantment begin!
                  Performance *****          Recording *****
"Michala Petri has done great things for the recorder, helping to bring it back centre-stage after its 19th-century eclipse by the flute and clarinet, and here she takes the process on further. However, "Café Vienna" is a misleading modish title for her collarboration with Lars Hannibal; what she have done is to bring a chamber-music genre out of the shadow, and also to extend-through new arrangements- the extremely narrow repertoire for their unusual instrumenttal combination, with Beethoven`s unassuming little pieces in their collection being actually the least interesting. Far more noteworthy are the gravely spacious Fantasise sur un air national Anglais-“ God save the King", that is by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841), the intricate Introduction, Theme and Variations by Ernest Krähmer (1795-1837), and the "Variations on an Austrian Folk tune" by Carl Scheindienst. Some of the works were written for violin and guitar or mandolin, and some for a rare Hungarian instrument called the csakan." 
Michael Church - BBC Music magzine - March 2010

".. I love the transcription and performance of two little-known pieces that Beethoven wrote for mandolin and fortepiano. The C-minor Sonatina, WoO 43a, is simple and lovely; and the C-major Sonatina, WoO 44a, might be the most light-hearted piece Beethoven ever wrote. These pieces sound completely natural on the soprano recorder and the guitar... I have been a devotee of Michala Petri since I first heard her play back in the 1970s. She is the wind-player’s wind player. I have discussed her brilliant musicianship and impeccable technique with principal wind players in several major American orchestras, who hold her playing in the highest regard. I think what she does on the recorder is simply remarkable, and she continues to amaze me with her brilliant transcriptions. I hope that one day she will make them available to other recorder players, particularly since there is a dearth of original material for the soprano recorder."
Elaine Fine - American Record Guide - March/April 2010

 "...Attractive melody abounds on this charming and amiable disc!"

William Yeoman - Gramophone magazine - March 2010

"...Nothing on this disc is of any great musical consequence but everything is full of charm. For the most part the players simply present the music for what it is, without affectation or obvious showmanship but with considerable style, panache and, especially as far as the recorder is concerned, virtuosity. Taken in excess it might seem like an excessively sweet cup of coffee, but taken in judicious quantities it provides rare delight. The recording is clear and the booklet full and interesting - just the way to present unfamiliar material. 
John Sheppard  - - January 2010

"All who have been to Vienna will recognise the importance of the coffee-house in the social ambience of the city, perhaps not as significant now as it once was yet still a vibrant part of its culture. ‘Café Vienna’ is an imaginative reconstruction of a typical café concert. As Joshua Cheek observes in the most interesting CD booklet, in this particular programme “recorder and guitar have formed the imaginary ‘house band’ in order to recreate the experience of enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon Kaffeeklatsch in Vienna c.1800.” While Schubert is not represented there is almost certainly some music here that Schubert would have heard. All are arrangements of compositions originally written for other instrumental combinations. The most substantial work is Mauro Giuliani’s three-movement Gran Duetto Concertante op.52 for violin or flute and guitar. As Giuliani (1781-1829) was the official concert artist for the celebrations of the Congress of Vienna (1814-15) that marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars, this piece, with its final Rondo Militaire, may have been performed frequently at the time. The Fantaisie sur un Air National Anglais op.102 by the guitar virtuoso Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841), originally for violin and guitar, takes the form of a slow introduction followed by the British national anthem as the theme for a set of variations. The material is more or less equally distributed between recorder and guitar and each has an opportunity to shine. In the Fantaisie sur des Airs Nationaux Francais op.226 by Joseph Küffner (1776-1856), the French national anthem has pride of place. In 1795, two years before Schubert was born, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote six pieces for mandolin with keyboard accompaniment. Only four of these have survived, including the Sonatina in C minor WoO 43a and the Sonatina in C major WoO 44a. The three final items – the Introduction, Theme and Variations op.32 by the wind-instrument virtuoso Ernest Krähmer (1795-1837), the Potpourri on Themes of Beethoven and Rossini by the violin virtuoso Josef Mayseder (1789-1863) and the Variations on an Austrian Folk Tune by Carl Scheindienst (c.1800) - were written for the csakan, a folk instrument with the same range as the alto recorder. The Danish duo of Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal give sparkling performances of all the pieces and admirably recreate the atmosphere of an early 19th-century Viennese coffee concert."
The Schubertian 66 - January 2010

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