Johann Christoph PEPUSCH, Concertos and Overtures for London Johann Christoph Pepusch, Concertos and Overtures for London

Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667-1752) was probably something of a child prodigy and Ernst Ludwig Gerber records that he received an appointment as harpsichordist to the Prussian Court at Berlin by the age of 14. Regardless of this and other successes in the theatre, Pepusch was most highly esteemed in his own lifetime as a composer of concertos. Georg Philipp Telemann considered him as one of the best six German composers. As with Handel, later Germans and Britons both claimed Pepusch as their own. Pepusch is best remembered today for his contribution to The Beggar’s Opera (1728), for which he composed a fine overture. Apart from that overture, none of his other pieces had received commercial recordings until today. It is our hope that this CD goes some distance to remind audiences why Pepusch was once so highly regarded across Europe as a fine composer of inventive and dramatic concertos.

Taking its name from the poet Ned Ward's description of the musicians who played at one of the world's fi rst series of public concerts, THE HARMONIOUS SOCIETY OF TICKLE-FIDDLE GENTLEMEN was founded in 2006 by Robert Rawson, David Wright and Ben Sansom to explore the neglected repertoire of public concert life in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Described on BBC Radio 3 as 'purveyors of exhilarating and uplifting music', the ensemble also maintains a broader interest in early eighteenth-century music for public concerts from across Europe.

Tassilo Erhardt , violin
Kinga Gáborjáni, cello
Mark Baigent, oboe
Sally Holman, bassoon
Crispian Steele-Perkins, trumpet

Ben Sansom, Felicity Broome-Skelton, Eleanor Harrison, violins
Alexandria Lawrence, Dan Shilladay, Joanne Miller, violas
David Wright, harpsichord
Belinda Paul, oboe
Robert Rawson, double bass & direction

Overture to The Beggar's Opera in B flat major 1. [Adagio] – Allegro
Concerto á 5 for oboe, strings and basso continuo in G minor 2. Adagio
  3. Allegro
  4. Adagio  
  5. Allegro  
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A major 6. Allegro
  7. Adagio
  8. Allegro  
Concerto Grosso á 6 for trumpet, strings and basso continuo in D major 9. Largo
  10. Allegro
  11. Grave  
  12. Marche  
  13. Menuet  
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A minor 14. Allegro
  15. [Adagio]
  16. Allegro  
Concerto Grosso for violin, strings and basso continuo in B fl at major 17. Vivace
  18. Adagio
  19. Allegro  
  20. Adagio  
  21. Allegro  
Concerto á 6 for cello, bassoon, strings and basso continuo in F major 22. Allegro
  23. Adagio
  24. Presto  
  25. Allegro  
Overture to Venus and Adonis in F major 26. Allegro – Adagio – Allegro