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  Harpsichord Gems Vol. 3: Fischer Musicalisches Blumen-Büschlein - Martynova
  J.C.F. Fischer: Musicalisches Blumen-Büschlein

Olga Martynova (harpsichord)
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by miguelito54 December 5, 2007 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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This seems to be the only complete recording of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer's 1st book of harpsichord pieces - the second, titled "Parnasse Musical" was recorded in its entirety by Luc Beauséjour, Walter Geist, and Mitzi Myerson, but only two or three suites from the first showed up on recordings by Siegbert Rampe, Beauséjour, or William Christie, who was the first to re-introduce this beautiful music with a 1979 recording for Hamonia Mundi France.
Olga Martynova's playing concept on the Praeludium from # 6 and the Suite # 8 (which consists only of a Prélude and a long Chaconne) - the pieces Christie chose, which is still a must have for its sheer expressive beauty - is strikingly similar to Christie's - and her interpretation on the other pieces is not too breathtaking, in my opinion. On the surface, her playing seems to take place at the same basic tempo for the smallest musical notes most of the time, there is not very much variation in tempo, and I miss a more disctinctive approach to various dance characters - the other harpsichordists I mentioned are clearly better here. She is best at the metrically free preludes ore the heavily ornamented chaconnes, but is not too good at keeping a distinctive rhythmic character or tempo associated with a Menuet or Gavotte or whatever rhythmic model the movements are based on - her rubato approach to time is responsible for this.
The sound of William Dowd's French style harpsichord is captured naturally and beautifully, although the brightness of the metal strings is heard best at higher volume levels.
With new complete recordings of his works for harpsichord and organ, the orchestral suites, and just recently some vocal works we finally can get a more complete picture of this master, who was an important figure in introducing French music to Germany, and is considered the most important keyboard master between Froberger and Bach. An overview and discussion of all existing recordings of Fischer's music (in German language) can be found at

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Review by fibonacci January 27, 2007 (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
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I didn't think it would be possible to improve on the previous two volumes of Harpsichord Gems, but it has been done.

The tone of the William Dowd harpsichord is gorgeous and the recording quality is incredible. It might have been an unusually freezing cold February outside when it was committed to tape, but you wouldn't suspect anything from the performance.

Olga is on top form - a true virtuoso.

There are many highlights on the disc, but for me perhaps the best is Suite No.2 in F major, and in particular the lovely chords of the opening Praeludium.

Recording is ambient, with a fair bit going on in the rear speakers. I've listened to it on two different set-ups, both quadraphonic and 5.1 - it sounds lovely through both.

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Review by JJ June 8, 2007 (5 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Aujourd'hui encore, nous ne connaissons que peu de choses sur la vie et l'œuvre du compositeur Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746). Admiré par Jean-Sébastien Bach, son importance "repose essentiellement sur le rôle d'intermédiaire qu'il joua entre le monde musical allemand et l'influence française à laquelle ses œuvres sont de toute évidence redevables", nous rappelle Michel Roubinet. Fischer est l'auteur notamment d'un recueil de suites pour orchestre "Le Journal de Printemps", de deux volumes de musique pour orgue "Ariadne Musica" et "Blumen Strauss", de musique sacrée "Vesperae seu Psalmi vespertini" et "Lytaniae Lauretanae" ainsi que des pièces pour Clavecin enregistrées ici et portant le doux titre "Musikalische Blumen-Büschlein" (Bouquet de fleurs musicales) dont la composition date de 1698. Il s'agit de huit suites se partageant de façon égale les modes majeur et mineur. La dernière étant une chaconne. Dans une prise de son somptueuse, le jeu délicat et inspiré de la jeune claveciniste Olga Martynova nous montre un compositeur à la fois chantant, volubile et méditatif, sachant donner aux sentiments traversant ses suites, le juste poids. Et l'on comprend alors Bach, qui confiait à son fils Carl-Philipp Emanuel que Fischer faisait partie de ses compositeurs préférés. Un remarquable Super Audio CD pour une découverte majeure.

Jean-Jacques Millo

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Works: 8  

Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 1 in D minor
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 2 in F major
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 3 in A minor
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 4 in A minor
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 5 in E minor
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 6 in D major
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 7 in G minor
Johann Christian Fischer - Suite No. 8 in G major