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Spirit of Adventure and Discovery

Nicolas Altstaedt directs the Academy of Ancient Music from the cello in music by Haydn, Boccherini and CPE Bach.

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs one of Haydn’s masterpieces, his Cello Concerto in C major. Lost for nearly 200 years before resurfacing in the 1960s, today it is one of the most celebrated works for the cello. Stretching the form of the baroque concerto to its limits, it perfectly combines 18th-century elegance with the adventurous, questioning spirit of the Enlightenment.

The same spirit of adventure and experimentation continues throughout a programme directed from the cello by Altstaedt, including early symphonic works by Haydn (the 'Father of the Symphony'); an overture by the Austrian singer, pianist and composer Marianna Martines; and a cello concerto by CPE Bach, who demands that the heroic soloist engages in battle with music that reflects the highly individual, forward-looking voice of its composer.

Recorded at Milton Court, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Marianna Martines: Overture in C major
CPE Bach: Cello Concerto in A major, Wq 172, H439
Haydn: ‘Andante Cantabile’ from Symphony No 13

Interval music

Haydn: Symphony No 14
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C

Nicolas Altstaedt (director/cello)
Academy of Ancient Music

Photo credit - Marco Borggreve.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Marianna Martines

    Sinfonia in C Major (Ouverture)

    Director: Nicolas Altstaedt. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Cello Concerto in A major, H439

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 13 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Mit Weinen hebt sich's an

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Director: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SOLI DEO GLORIA.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Concerto di Viole. Ensemble: Basel Consort.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 14

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Cello Concerto No 1

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No 1 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trio in C major, H15 No 7

    Performer: Susan Tomes. Performer: Anthony Marwood. Performer: Richard Lester. Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
    • Haydn: Piano Trios, Vol.1: The Florestan Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 60 in C major, H XVI 50

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.

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