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Gunar Letzbor © Daniil Rabovsky

Ars Antiqua Austria / Hoffman / Letzbor

Sunday 23 April 2023



Ars Antiqua Austria

Mira Letzbor, Violetta

Claire Pottinger-Schmidt, Viola da gamba

Ján Krigovský, Violone

Cornelia Demmer, Laute

Jakub Mitrík, Laute

Hubert Hoffmann, Laute

Mitglieder der Österreichischen Lautengesellschaft:

Richard Labschütz, Laute

Andreas Leopold Bock, Laute

Klaus Köb, Laute

Gunar Letzbor, Violine, Leitung


»Musica Cesarea«

Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner

Sonata A-Dur

Praelude – Fantaisie

Wenzel Ludwig Freiherr von Radolt

Concerto XII c-moll (1701))

Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner

Postludio – Fantaisie


Wenzel Ludwig Freiherr von Radolt

Concerto IX G-Dur (1701))

Concerto I d-moll (1701))


Die Beginnzeit wurde von 19:30 auf 18:30 Uhr vorverlegt.

Subscription series Ars Antiqua Austria

Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

»Amore et timore«

»Through love and fear« was the motto of the Roman-German king and later emperor Joseph I, to whom Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt dedicated 12 concerti for lute(s), strings and bass in 1701. Radolt's dedication almost certainly appealed to Joseph's gallant streak, which - as all of Vienna knew - was not exactly underdeveloped. The awkward title (»Die aller treieste, verschwigneste und nach so wohl fröhlichen als traurigen Humor sich richtende Freindin vergesellschafft sich mit anderen getreüen Fasalen unserer inersten Gemuets Regung«) comes across as discreetly as possible and at the same time reveals the »fear« that is most humbly commanded. Like an anticipation of Joseph's rivalry with Louis XIV, the fact that Radolt in these finely crafted chamber concerts predominantly uses the French style of writing, which was frowned upon in the imperial capital and residence at the time, comes to light. All in all, then, a dazzling example of the vitality of the Viennese lute concerto at the beginning of the 18th century, whose rediscovery is due to Gunar Letzbor and whose Ars Antiqua Austria also recorded a representative selection for the first time.

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