Palschau, Johan-Gottfried, J.A.P. Schulz: Concertos and solo works for harpsichord (Da Capo Audio CD)

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Concertos and solo works for harpsichord
Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord

Johan-Gottfried W. Palschau, composer
J.A.P. Schulz, composer

Concerto Copenhagen

The two composers J.G.W. Palschau (c. 1741-1815) and J.A.P. Schulz (1747-1800) started their musical careers as child prodigies. They were both influenced by the great J.S. Bach and each transformed his own musical vision into original works, unfortunately mainly forgotten by posterity. This release features the only two harpsichord concertos (from 1771) that Palschau ever composed, and Schulz’ solo pieces Six diverses pièces pour le Clavecin ou le Piano Forte (from 1778). The works were composed in a period of transition for instrumental music with inspiration from both Bach and Mozart.

P2 Prize - DMA Classical 2007
Orchestral Release of the Year

The band is spirited and the ensemble is excellent ... Here's a persuasive demonstration of how to make the harpsichord expressive!
(Early Music Review)

Expertly played by Lars Ulrik Mortensen (...) The recorded sound is exemplary and catches the harpsichord with a warm glow but never leaves smudges
(Musicweb International)

Mortensen ruller sig ud med uimodståeligt drive og en herligt fantaserende diktion ... Orkestret er lysvågent swingende med skarp og fjedrende artikulation og lækker, kviksølvagtig nuancering.

Hos Mortensen & Co. får musikken farve i kinderne ... Liflig lyd til den nysgerrige musiklytter.
(Berlingske Tidende)

Kan virkelig anbefales.

What a virtuoso showoff extravaganza!
(* * * * * Audiophile Audition)

J.G.W. Palschau
Recorded in Garrison Church, Copenhagen, on 2-4 March 2007
Recording producer: Thilo Reinhard
Sound engineer: Morten Mogensen
Editing: Thilo Reinhard

J.A.P. Schulz
Recorded in Garrison Church, Copenhagen, on 13 and 15 March 2007
Recording producer: Morten Mogensen
Sound engineer: Morten Mogensen

Mastering: Thilo Reinhard / Ad Lyd
Executive producer: Peter Stevnhoved
Production coordinator: Marie Büchert
Assistant: Sven Madsen

Cover photograph: Elizabeth Livermore
Graphic design: Denise Burt,

Dacapo acknowledges, with gratitude, the financial support of Sonning-Fonden, Léonie Sonnings Musikfond and Etatsraad Georg Bestle og Hustrus Mindelegat.


Contents and Reviews

Track listing
Johann Gottfried Wilhelm Palschau
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in C Major (1771)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai

Harpsichord Concerto No. 2 in D Major (1771)
4. Allegro gravitato
5. Adagio
6. Allegro assai

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
Six diverses pièces pour le Clavecin ou le Piano Forte, Op. 1
7. I Preludio. Allegro comodo
8. II Andante sostenuto
9. III Allegro maestoso
10. IV Andante
11. V Allegretto
12. VI Larghetto con variazioni