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The year 2012 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Frederick the Great, whose political and military glory has often relegated his musical talent to the status of a mere hobby. But Frederick II was not only the key personality of Berlin musical life for the whole of the 18th century as is shown by the works of the composers presented on this CD, all of whom worked at his court at some point in their careers but also an excellent flautist who left posterity a number of fine flute sonatas from his own pen. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012. Formed in East Berlin in 1982, Akamus can pride itself on an outstanding reputation and an exceptional career: it has been a welcome guest in all thegreat musical institutions of Europe, Asia and North and South America. In 2011, the ensemble took in its stride operatic productions in nine European countries, an extended tour of the USA and its first tour to China. The group gives around one hundred concerts a year, with varied forces, under the direction of its different Konzertmeisters: Midori Seiler, Stephan Mai, Bernhard Forck, Georg Kallweit; or guest conductors such as Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss and Hans-Christoph Rademann. The Akademie s collaboration with René Jacobs, which started almost 25 years ago, has turned into a genuine artistic partnership. The productions resulting from their work together have been enthusiastically acclaimed both on stage and on record: their recording of 'Die Zauberflöte' was distinguished with an Editor s Choice in Gramophone and BBC Music Choice. More recently 'Agrippina' has been shortlisted for a BBC Music Award in April 2012. Since 1994, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has recorded exclusively for harmonia mundi.
Zum Friedrich-Geburtstag geht es nicht ohne: Die Akademie stellt neben Friedrichs Flötensonate 'pour Potsdam' auch das einzigartig avancierte Cembalokonzert von Christoph Nichelmann vor. (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 25.03.2012)