What this project is about

concerto\würzburg is a fine ensemble for chamber music who have specialised on the repertoire of unknown composers. Over the past years they «rediscovered» several of Mozart’s Franconian contemporaries in a series of concerts, and this has formed the wish to record at least a small part of this beautiful repertoire (more on the music later) and make it available to other music lovers, too. Firstly because already significant effort has been invested, for example in locating the manuscripts, secondly because most of these works have never been recorded before.

Why should you back this project?

A distinguished CD project with largely unknown composers is unfortunately no self-seller. We could already win the Hänssler publishing company for the production of CD and booklet, likewise Bavarian Radio will cover the actual recording, and also the City of Würzburg has pledged a part of the production costs.

Nevertheless costs of approximately EUR 7’000 remain without which this CD project cannot be realized.

If you have a fancy for classical music but don’t want to hear only Mozart and Beethoven you can help a small ensemble record some lovely off-repertoire here. And we also put together a list of attractive rewards!

Composers from Würzburg?

In the shadow of the great Mozart lived a multitude of lesser composers whose existence was typically closely connected by the local ruler’s interest in music. Even though the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg weren’t whole-hearted music patrons, there were several composers in Mozart’s time whose life is connected with Würzburg.
This project is about them.

Picture 90ad0aaa fc84 4f1b b7d3 32869dcb142ePicture 247538f0 494c 47fa a3e0 4a28d79c6bf9Picture e8fcc2e1 5a78 43e6 b317 f6d428dc71ffPicture b8903b13 f16f 47f3 8975 e409f2936056

The Music

The widely traveled Abbé Vogler, who was born in Würzburg and later worked in Mannheim and Darmstadt, Georg Anton Kreusser of Heidingsfeld (nowadays a suburb of Würzburg), leader of the orchestra of the Elector of Mainz for many years, or his teacher Johann Martin Schmitt, violinist in the Würzburg court orchestra, today are forgotten to all but a few cognoscenti.

They composed enticing chamber music which has been slumbering in the archives for the past 250 years. Music where the scores cannot simply be ordered on the internet, of which few if any recordings exist.

But listen! Here is an excerpt from a demo recording with concerto\würzburg from 2008 (mp3 320 kbps):
Abbé Vogler, Flute Quartet No. 5 in A major, No. 3: Rondo

The Ensemble

concerto\würzburg are Verena Fischer (traverso flute), Franz Peter Fischer (violin I), Zsuzsanna Czentnár (violin II), Corina Golomoz (viola), and Dmitri Dichtiar (cello). Founded in 2007, they specialize on bringing unknown chamber music of the classical era back to life on period instruments.

Picture 90409852 6f09 494c 999a eb4c8d330124Picture ff20bb51 b3e2 4bd5 bc42 ef435fe8f770Picture 2f9626f8 0913 4a3f 8a6c d9739b702512Picture 44e9a57c c2b2 41de 9f0b 2da1122146ecPicture 04ef3907 9e1c 4f82 8c2f cbb312a4b38e