Johann Joseph Fux und die Wiener HofkapelleJohann Joseph Fux und die Wiener Hofkapelle

Neue Hofkapelle Graz

Querstand, 2011

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Johann Joseph Fux was the composer who brought the heyday of the Austrian Baroque and who, as Hofkapellmeister to the Court of Vienna (he held this post from 1715 to his death in 1741), promoted the Habsburg imperial ideology. The Neue Hofkapelle Graz offers in this recording some works of his sacred, operatic and chamber music: the Ouverture K 356 for strings and continuo, the Symphony from the operas Il mese di Marzo consacrato a Marte (1709) and Pulcheria (performed for the first time at the Favorita in Vienna on June 21, 1708), a Sonata E 67 for three violins, a Symphony K 336 and two Sonatas (K 390 and 389) for church.

Thanks to the very shrewd choice of pieces and the variety of genres, the album reminds you of the strictly Catholic ideological basis elaborated by Fux in his religious music, while the operas (he wrote twenty-two of them between 1700 and 1731) were used to give prestige to the sovreigns during the celebrations of royal birthdays and namedays through mythological and ancient themes. From the point of view of opera, however, Fux was less active and influential than Antonio Caldara and Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, who were entrusted to compose this genre.

I can add specifically for this recording that it is beautifully played and proves to be lively and delicate, accentuating some sweetness which in my opinion distinguishes Fux from other Baroque composers.

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