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From Leipzig to Versailles: CD Premiere Concert by the Custos Consort

Location: MESZL Ötpacsirta Salon, Ötpacsirta Street 4, 8th District, Budapest

December 4, 2023 (Monday) at 6 PM

Custos Consort Régizene Együttes
J. S. Bach: Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038
Marais: Passacaille in D minor
Telemann: Trio Sonata in B minor, TWV 42:h4
Marais: Suite in D minor (excerpts)
Leclair: Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 2 No. 8
Featuring the Custos Consort Early Music Ensemble:
• Fruzsina Márkus-Zalatnay (baroque flute)
• Sándor Szászvárosi (viola da gamba, artistic director)
• Júlia Regős (viola da gamba)
• Zoltán Tegyei (harpsichord)
The Custos Consort Early Music Ensemble has recorded a CD titled 'From Leipzig to Versailles,' showcasing the captivating musical heritage of Baroque Germany and France, drawing from the repertoire of the concert of the same name. The CD will be available for purchase after the concert, and the artists will be on hand to sign it.
Two Powers
The map of Baroque Europe was defined by clear borders. Consequently, in addition to political and military rivalries, audible and visible differences in the arts arose due to linguistic, cultural, and rhetorical distinctions. Nevertheless, in many cases, artists perceived borders as a connecting link and a wellspring of possibilities. This is evident in the cultural imprint of other countries found in their works. For instance, the first movement of Bach's Trio Sonata, currently performed, exhibits a French influence, as does the unmistakable Italian influence in the Trio Sonatas of Telemann and Leclair.
The Royal Court of Versailles
The royal court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, played a significant role in shaping the arts and music of the period. It is from this almost inexhaustible source that the Custos Consort presents J.M. Leclair's Sonata for three instruments and the Trio Sonata in D minor by Marin Marais, one of the most famous composers of the court. Marais concludes the Trio Sonata, akin to an opera, with a graduated chaconne.
Music of Germany: Bach and Telemann
Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann stand out as two of the most renowned composers of German Baroque music. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Telemann was widely recognized as the star composer of his time. With astute business acumen, he managed a sheet music shop, served as a music director, and maintained a close friendship with Johann Sebastian Bach, even becoming the godfather to Bach's most promising son, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. It is now evident that attempting to compare the genius of these two composers is futile.
While Telemann rightfully holds his place in German music history as an authentic Baroque composer, Bach is a master who not only defined an era but also brought it to a close. It's clear now that the notion that the Leipzig city authorities were compelled to 'make do' with Johann Sebastian Bach, instead of Telemann, who declined the position of music director in Leipzig, is inaccurate.
Since its inception, the Custos Consort Early Music Ensemble has aimed to present early music in an authentic, contemporary manner that also caters to the needs of today. The audience can experience the ensemble in concerts featuring a variety of instruments, ranging from very small chamber productions to chamber orchestra lineups. Instruments that are often overlooked, such as the viola da gamba, recorder, lutes, and even medieval harps and percussion instruments, add vibrant colors to their performances. The ensemble's repertoire spans from the early Renaissance through the Baroque period to classical works for baritone and chamber orchestra. His programmes give priority to music for the viola da gamba family, mature French Baroque compositions, and sacred and secular music of the Middle Ages. In 2009, the ensemble won the Grand Prize of the Kőszeg Chamber Orchestra Festival. Its members are regular guests of many prestigious national and international ensembles. They have recorded CDs with Hungaroton and other record labels, and several appreciative reviews of their concerts and recordings have been published.
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Photo: The Artists

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