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An Evening in the Palace of Reason

Florlegium's artistic director Ashley Solomon joins Hannah French to profile the life and music of fellow Baroque flautist and patron of the arts, Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Florlegium's artistic director Ashley Solomon joins Hannah French to profile the life and music of their fellow Baroque flautist and great 18th Century patron of the arts, Frederick the Great of Prussia. Ahead of Florilegium's forthcoming concert at Wigmore Hall, which uses James R. Gaines' novel "A night in the palace of reason" as its inspiration, Ashley will be choosing some of his favourite pieces connected with Emperor Frederick, by composers like CPE Bach and JJ Quantz.

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Music Played

  • Friedrich der Große

    Concerto No.3 in C major; 2nd movt

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Ensemble: Kammerakademie Potsdam. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Johann Joachim Quantz

    Trio Sonata in E minor; movt. III

    Ensemble: Florilegium. Director: Ashley Solomon.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Johann Gottlieb Graun

    Overture in D minor; mvt. I

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • František Benda

    Sonata for violin and continuo in E major; mvt. I

    Performer: Bojan Čičić. Ensemble: Florilegium.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Concerto in A minor

    Performer: Konrad Hünteler. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
    • ERATO.
  • Friedrich der Große

    Sonata No.190 in C minor; Recitative

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Musical Offering; Ricercar a 6

    Ensemble: Florilegium. Director: Ashley Solomon.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Musical Offering; Trio Sonata

    Ensemble: Florilegium. Director: Ashley Solomon.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Trio Sonata in C major

    Ensemble: Florilegium. Director: Ashley Solomon.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.

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