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Berlin Harpsichord Concertos. Recording Premiere – CD Review, the 6th of June 2024

Christoph Nichelmann- Concerto in D minor; Ernst Wilhelm Wolf - Concerto in B flat major (Philippe Grisvard- harpsichord, Ensemble "Diderot" conducted by Johannes Pramsohler).

The ensemble "Diderot" led by Johannes Pramsohler released a new album on the 17th of May at Audax Records in Paris. This time, the renowned ensemble proposes a collaboration with Philippe Grisvard, one of the best European harpsichordists, a specialist in the interpretation of ancient music on historical instruments. He studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and has played with famous orchestras such as the Berlin Academy of Early Music and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, collaborated with conductors Rene Jacobs and Sir Simon Rattle and is principal harpsichordist of the "Diderot" ensemble.

Continuing the work of the ensemble in rediscovering the compositional and interpretative style of the Berlin Baroque school, the album features works by lesser-known musicians from the court of King Frederick II, now released as a world premiere on disc. Christoph Nichelmann, Carl Heinrich Graun, Christoph Schaffrath and Ernst Wilhelm Wolf are the names of these 18thcentury composers who contributed significantly to the development of the harpsichord and orchestral repertoire. Soloist Philippe Grisvard says of these works: "Together with my colleagues in the Diderot ensemble, I wanted to present a programme that avoids the usual and well-known paths. But an attentive listener will notice the influence of the Bach family of composers in these scores."

The instrumental ensemble "Diderot" of Paris is appreciated in the world of baroque music lovers for its innovative projects, its exploration of lesser-known repertoire and its world premiere recordings. Releasing albums of outstanding quality, the band has won the Diapason d'Or, Preis der deutschenSchallplattenkritik, Gramophone Editor's Choice and International Classical Music Award. The ensemble has worked as an ensemble in residence at Royaumont and Aldeburgh, and currently holds the same position at the Euregio Cultural Centre in Toblach and is supported by the French Ministry of Culture.

Larisa Clempuș