Musica Alta Ripa offers a special look at Franz Xaver Richter, a composer who stood in the shadow of Johann Stamitz for many years. Changing instrumentations with a double guarantee: diversion and new discoveries.
Creativity, openness to new musical horizons, and zest: such were the personal traits that earned Bohemians the reputation of being the Mediterraneans of Central Europe and enabled them to occupy top positions throughout the European musical world of the eighteenth century. The Mannheim Court occupied the center of this musical universe, and it was there that Franz Xaver Richter, along with Johann Stamitz, rose to prominence and paved the way for Viennese classicism.
As a whole Franz Xaver Richter's chamber works still have something of the late baroque about them, but the two wind concertos recorded here show him pressing forward to a clearer overall melodic design. Cantabile linearity gains increasing ground over against virtuosity merely for virtuosity's sake. The Sinfonia à 4, Sonata op. 4/6, and Trio in G minor offer a well-rounded portrait of a musician whose life came in the midst of one the most revolutionary develop ments in music history, on the trajectory from the young Bach to the late Mozart.
Musica Alta Ripa
Musica Alta Ripa, a ensemble from Hanover ("Alta Ripa" = Latin for "Hanover" or "High Bank"), has rocketed to fame in the field of early music. Experts in the field immediately recognized the ensemble's now trademark expressive depth and force and technical perfection. French music journalists awarded the ensemble the Diapason d'Or recording prize for its exploration of new artistic frontiers in its recording of the Leclair Trio Sonata op. 4 (MDG L 3428).