(~1724 – after 1760)
Concerto in A major for Viola da Gamba, two Violins, Viola, and Basso
Editor: Thomas Fritzsch and Günter von Zadow, publication date: 2017-04, reconstruction and figures: Wolfgang Kostujak, source: D-OSa Dep 115b Akz. 2000/002 Nr. 529.6
|G298||Raetzel, Concerto in A major, VdG+2V+Va+Bc, full score, 5 parts, 60 p., ISMN 979-0-50174-298-1||21.80 €|
Anton Raetzel was Kapellmeister to the Duke of Hollstein around 1750. He wrote several solo concertos for various instruments, which have unfortunately not survived. We are therefore all the more pleased to have found one by Raetzel among the four viola da gamba concertos in the Ledenburg Collection. Only the concertos by Telemann, J. G. Graun, Pfeiffer, and Tartini were known until now, and we are aware of several others that have not been preserved. The concerto by Raetzel in radiant A major is therefore a welcome addition to the repertoire. It is attractive, yet shorter and easier to play than, for example, the viola da gamba concertos by Graun.
The Ledenburg Collection in Osnabrück was discovered only in 2015. For the most part, it is made up of viola da gamba music of the early Classical era. Of particular importance in this collection, however, is a print from 1735 that contains the twelve Fantasias for viola da gamba solo by Georg Philipp Telemann, which were previously thought to have been lost.