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ROMAN, J.H.: 12 Flute Sonatas (V. Fischer)

Composer(s):Roman, Johan Helmich
Artist(s) Brandt, Klaus-Dieter, baroque cello • Fischer, Verena, flute • Berben, Leon, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570492-93
Label Naxos
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Foremost among Swedish Baroque composers, Johan Helmich Roman travelled to England (1716-21) then to France, Italy, Austria and Germany (1735-37), gaining valuable firsthand knowledge of European music. At home in Stockholm he conducted the court orchestra, introduced Handel’s music, and was active in developing public concert life. His rich output includes these twelve charming and highly accomplished Flute Sonatas, the first such published in Sweden, whose galant character combines the baroque and emerging pre-classical styles.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

Though now almost totally forgotten, Johan Helmich Roman, was the father figure from which all of Swedish music was to evolve. Born in 1694, the son of a court musician, it was with royal financial support that the young man was to spend many years touring around Europe as a student and observer of the latest music. On his return to Sweden he was to create and conduct a symphony orchestra of international quality, but his life was to change with the death of the Queen, his main supporter, and later years were spent in obscurity. Fortunately his ideas were continued after his death, and many of his compositions were preserved in manuscript at the Music Library of Sweden. Only his collection of Twelve Flute Sonatas was published during his lifetime, Roman intending

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