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Johann Caspar Ferdinand FISCHER (c1670-1746)
Musical Parnassus, Volume 2.
Muscalischer Parnassus - Terpsichore (Suite No. 7); Polymnia (Suite No. 8); Uranie (Suite No. 9). Musicalisches Blumen-Büschlein, Op. 2: Suite No. 2 in F; Suite No. 8 in G.
Luc Beauséjour (harpsichord).
Naxos 8.554446 [DDD] [60'19]

C.P.E. Bach stated that Fischer was one of the few composers who had influenced his father's music. Praise indeed, although quotes like that can send one's expectations rocketing over and beyond the music's actual substance.

It would appear Luc Beauséjour believes in the status Fischer's music without reservation, however. He is always compelling and sensitive to the music's every mood and is capable of applying the requisite rigour when warranted.

The Musicalischer Parnassus was published in Augsburg in 1738 and consists of nine Dance Suites. Fischer brought the French style to German keyboard music with great panache. Beauséjour enjoys the nimbler moments and makes effective use of the lute stop in the second Menuet of Suite No. 7 and again in Suite No. 9. He brings the same authority to the generally less inspired Suites from the Musicalisches Blumen-Buchlein, Op. 2 (1698), which despite his advocacy make for less interesting listening. The ninth movement of the Second Suite (entitled Canaries) exemplifies a general trend, however: the ornaments are on the slack side and require that extra bit of life.

All in all, interesting if not indispensable. The harpsichord is recorded at a high level.


Colin Clarke



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