Duo1702+ – Coffee Edition

Duo1702+Coffee Edition
Louise Hjorth Hansen, recorder Katrine I. Kristiansen, organ
Gateway DUO170201. 58’56

Baroque music in the name of coffee – induced by Covid-19” is the sub-text of this recording from Duo1702 and friends. Made in response to the Covid crisis, the two Danish members of Duo1702, Louise Hjorth Hansen, recorder, and Katrine Kristiansen, organ, are joined by five of their musical friends to perform music by Bach, Finger, Telemann, Morten Ræhs, Purcell, and Vivaldi. Their intention is to recreate the atmosphere of the Zimmermann Kaffeehaus in Leipzig where Bach and his sons made music to the accompanyment of coffee drinking.

Appropriately, they start with Ei! Wie schmeckt der Kaffee süße, the aria from Bach’s Coffee Cantata (Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211) where the young Lieschen sings a love song to coffee in defiance of her father, who is trying to get her to stop her coffee habit. Gottfried Finger’s Trio Sonata features Justin Bland playing trumpet, the sound working surpringly well with the recorder and chamber organ.

God gets a look in in the form of Telemann’s church cantata Wandelt in der liebe, nicely sung by mezzo Kristin Mulders. It is one of his collection of Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst which he states are suitable for both church and domestic use. It is followed by the only piece performed by the two members of Duo1702 alone, a delightful Sonata by Morten Ræhs (1702-1766) a Jutland-born flautist and composer I wasn’t familiar with. He spent time in England, where he would have met many of the leading musicians of the day.

The recording is completed with Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and Telemann, with Jane Gower, bassoon, joining for the first and Tinne Albrectsen, violin for the second. The choice of music and the balance of the programme is well-judged, and the performances are excellent, particularly from the Duo1702 duo of Louise Hjorth Hansen and Katrine I. Kristiansen.

Duo1702 hope that you will “enjoy this CD while drinking coffee” – which I certainly did. It is available for download or streaming here or as a CD.