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Bolette Roed offers recordings of Graupner, Scheibe, Graun and Schickhardt recorder concertos viewed not through the typical ‘late baroque, north German’ prism, but from an oft- unconsidered vantage point: a consideration of the repertoire of the Danish court. The court of the music- loving King Frederik IV (1671–1730) was an immensely cosmopolitan cultural scene, both in terms of the repertoire (from Lully to Corelli) that found its way there and in terms of the numbers of foreign musicians touring or residing there. But Christiansborg Castle, which housed the royal music collection, burned down in 1794. Copenhagen itself suffered two major city fires and subsequent English bombardment, so little archival material remains that its place in musical history is somewhat undervalued. Roed aims to redress its underrepresentation with a carefully researched programme featuring putative reconstructions as well as the concertos. The playing by both the Danish soloist and the Polish string band is excellent.

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