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Conducted by Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen- Pilch, in this recording the Finnish Baroque Orchestra champion the orchestral suites of Christoph Graupner. Graupner, a contemporary of J. S. Bach and Telemann, who spent most of his long career as court composer at Darmstadt, where he produced a great body of work, including some 85 orchestral suites. The three suites presented on this disc abound with instrumental variety: the sonorities of the chalumeau intertwine with the viola d’amore and the transverse flute with the baroque horn, realised by the lively playing of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Listeners may be grateful for the opportunity to explore an unknown corner of the musical life of 18th-century Germany. They may also be grateful that J. S. Bach took up the post of Thomaskantor in Leipzig in 1722 after Graupner had turned it down for a salary increase in Darmstadt, where he remained for the next four decades.

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