Johann Graf's life dates are almost identical to those of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Rudolstadt court Kapellmeister was one of the most esteemed violinists of his time. Violinist Anne Schumann, violist Klaus Voigt, and harpsichordist Sebastian Knebel are now releasing a CD on GENUIN featuring his violin sonatas, which, although significant in music history, have rarely been performed. The works include passionate and virtuosic music in the Italian style, to which Klaus Voigt, in particular, gives a striking coloration: He supports the swinging and clear violin playing of Anne Schumann with the viola da spalla, a kind of small cello held with a strap in front of the belly.
"Die dezent und spielfreudig begleitende Continuo-Gruppe mischt sich klanglich bestens mit der Barock-Violine von Anne Schumann. Eine Rarität also mit Barockmusik vom Feinsten, exzellent interpretiert und komplettiert durch ein informatives Beiheft." Rezension of December 2021.
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"Those who have a special interest in baroque violin repertoire should investigate this disc. I am sure that they will greatly enjoy both the music and the performances." Review by Johan van Veen from June 2021
"Die CD mit Grafs barocken Perlen ist bemerkenswert." Review by Jens-Uwe Sommerschuh from 24th June 2021