Der Musikalische Gartens second recording A Visit to the Blue House: Trio Sonatas continues their exploration of the collection of 18th century Basel merchant Lucas Sarasin. Building on the strengths of their debut with the uncommon scordatura tuning, the depth of Lucas Sarasins music collection is further revealed with these trio sonatas that showcase the breadth of composers working in southwestern Germany and northern Italy, the two centers of instrumental chamber music of the day. The Blue House of the title references Sarasins home which doubled as a salon and performance space and this recording allows us indeed a visit to eavesdrop during a fertile time of transition that bridged the Baroque and Classical eras.
Release date: 23rd Oct 2015
The ensemble Der musikalische Garten creates a “fine garden filled with fresh and natural playing”, according to a review on the Bavarian Radio website. Just like there are different paths and unusual flowers to be discovered in any garden, so it is with the four musicians of the ensemble – Karoline Echeverri Klemm, Germán Echeverri Chamorro, Annekatrin Beller and Daniela Niedhammer – and their quest for new and unfamiliar musical directions.
In addition to his comprehensive musical instrument collection, Lucas Sarasin (1730-1802) also maintained a substantial music library. A detailed inventory, which survives today, lists all the musical scores that were in Sarasin’s possession and meticulously categorizes then by genre, providing us with a unique insight into the music performed at the Blue House (home of Sarasin).