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Published on Feb 10, 2019
Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) - Duetto in G-Major, A3:5A from the Maltzan Collection Vivace Siciliano Tempo di Minuet
Often labelled as ‘the last gambist‘ and a 3rd-generation viol performer, Carl Friederich Abel was son of Christian Ferdinand Abel, viol performer in court ensembles led by Johann Sebastian Bach. After studies in Leipzig and a post to Johann Adolf Hasse’s court orchestra in Dresden, Abel joined the London court of Queen Charlotte where he befriended Bach’s son, Johann Christian with whom he established the Bach-Abel Concerts. ViolMedium is performing the Duetto in G-Major, A3:5A from the first edition first edition edited by Sonia Wronkowska, Edition Güntersberg (www.guentersberg.de) from sources owned by Count Joachim Carl Maltzan (1733-1817) held by the Library of the Adam Mickiewicz, University in Poznań, Poland, discovered alongside twenty-seven sonatas by Abel and two previously unknown sonatas by Johann Christian Bach and Andreas Lidl.
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