JOHANN PFEIFFER (1697-1761): Overtures in G for 2 Flutes, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo and in G for 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo, Concertos in B Flat for Lute and Strings and in D for Violin, Strings and Continuo, Trio Sonata in D for Oboe, Violin and Continuo.
Catalogue Number: 06M027
Reference: ACC 24218
Description: Pfeiffer was Kapellmeister at Bayreuth where Frederick the Great's sister was married to the Prince of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and his popularity is attested by the fact that what scores of his survive come from copies in such musical centers as Dresden and Darmstadt and appeared in Breitkopf's catalogue. His originality can be glimpsed in the five-movement overture with oboes, which has such odd movements as Cantabile alla siciliana and Allabreve - fuge, which don't automatically come to mind in this genre. The two-flute overture has only three movements, with a lovely Pastorale in the middle while the concertos exploit every aspect of the instruments (Pfeiffer was a violinist but the lute concerto is, if anything, even more perfectly tailored for the soloist). Batzdorfer Hofkapelle.