Johann Jacob Froberger Méditation

Johann Jacob Froberger

  • Julien Wolfs harpsichord

Johann Jacob Froberger undoubtedly belongs to the greatest composers for the harpsichord, alongside the likes of Bach, Couperin and Scarlatti.

While working at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand III of Habsburg, the composer, sometimes referred to as the Chopin of the harpsichord, travelled extensively throughout Europe, thereby mastering the two dominant styles of the period: that of the Italian Toccata and Canzona and of the French dance suite. It is in the latter style that Froberger chose to depict numerous events of his life in musical works, many of which are featured on this recording. These include melancholic works, such as the Tombeau, commemorating the deaths of close ones, and the Meditation on my future death, as well as more adventurous pièces such as the Allemande on ferrying over the Rhine in great peril- an early masterpiece of programme music.

In both the French and the Italian styles, this recording bears witness to Froberger's great harpsichord repertoire as one of the richest, most sensitive and expressive of all times.


Recorded in October 2017 - SKU: FLO4016

 

Tracklist

  • 1. Toccata II, 3:32
  • 2. Canzon II, 04:44
  • 3. Meditation faite sur ma mort future, 04:36
  • 4. Gigue, 01:55
  • 5. Courante, 01:33
  • 6. Sarabande, 02:31
  • 7. Toccata IX, 02:08
  • 8. Affligée et Tombeau sur la mort, 08:02
  • 9. Fantasia VI, 03:42
  • 10. Capriccio X, 05:57
  • 11. Ricercar V, 03:27
  • 12. Allemande faite en passant le Rhin, 02:55
  • 13. Courante, 01:24
  • 14. Sarabande, 02:45
  • 15. Gigue, 01:25
  • 16. Lamento sopra la dolorosa, 06:21
  • 17. Gigue, 01:19
  • 18. Courante, 01:45
  • 19. Sarabande, 02:41
  • 20. Toccata X, 03:32
  • 21. Lamentation , 08:10