Discovering Bodinus, 250 Years Later...a Modern Premier

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Discovering Bodinus, 250 years later…a modern premier

Marking the 250’s anniversary of the composer’s death in 2009, Marianne R. Pfau, Ph.D., professor, Music Department, released the first modern recording of 6 Oboe Sonatas by Sebastian Bodinus on the classical music label genuin in Leipzig. As part of the research in advance of the recording, Pfau prepared a score from the original print of 1710 which is held at the Staatsbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Schwerin, Germany.

Sebastian Bodinus (1700-1759): Musicalisches Divertissement, IV: Six Trio Sonatas for Two Hautbois and Basso Continuo. Performed by Toutes Suites, dir. Marianne R. Pfau. Leipzig: genuin, 2009.

Modern Premier Recording

The first critics’ voices are in:

"World Premier! The baroque oboist Marianne Pfau and her colleagues have not only dusted off the music, but with their brilliant and poignant style of playing, they deftly sweep through our loudspeakers, presenting the fresh and gallant music of Bodinus who died exactly 250th years ago." SÃ�±ddeutsche Zeitung (2009)

"This disc commemorates the 250th anniversary of Bodinus’ death and features 6 Trios for two oboes and Basso continuo. The members of Toutes Suites give brilliant and inspired performances …” Presto Classical (2009)

"These six Sonatas … are presented with equally beautiful sound. " Toccata (7/8 2009)

"As the director of the ensemble, Marianne Pfau, remarks in her excellent notes, the music aims to delight and surprise…Pfau and her fellow musicians give technically secure and expressively refined performances of pieces that are well worth getting to know… In short, this is a fascinating discovery of music hitherto rarely if ever recorded, and probably hardly ever played since the demise of its composer. " International Record Review (9/2009)  

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