Georg Philipp Telemann

Fantaisies Pour La Basse De Violle

Carl Friedrich Abel


Event Info

A guest artist recital by renowned viola di gamba specialist Thomas Fritzsch, with harpsichordist Mark Kroll. 

About the Artist:

Thomas Fritzsch , who was born in Zwickau and grew up in the midst of a lively tradition of Saxon church and house music, received his first violoncellist concert at the conservatory of his hometown. After studying violoncello and viola da gamba at the Leipziger Musikhochschule and his first orchestral studies in Chemnitz and Leipzig, he began his professional career as a specialist for the music of the 17th and 18th century, and today he is one of the world-renowned gambists. His intensive, successful examination of the historical subject took place in a variety of radio and television productions, an extensive discography (awards, among others, the prize of the German record critics 3/2003) as well as the publishing house Alter Musik (Breitkopf & Härtel Wiesbaden) and the author of musicological writings (among others Johann Gottlieb Janitsch - biography and work list).

Two decades ago, the artist entered the musical career of the violinist (baroque and classical instruments, violincello piccolo, Basse de Violon). For example, Simon Standage recorded first recordings of early-romantic chamber music on the original instruments. Conductors such as Gewandhauskapellmeister Riccardo Chailly, Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller, Hermann Max, Gewandhaus organist Michael Beauty, Peter Schreier and Helmuth Rilling pledged him to concerts and recordings. As a viola da gamba-soloist, he plays with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the MDR-Sinfonieorchester, the Thomanerchor Leipzig, the Dresden Kreuzchor, the Kleine Konzert and the English top-class Collegium Musicum 90. An extensive concert activity in the European countries, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the USA, which Thomas Fritzsch collaborated with artists such as Shalev Ad-El, Rolf-Dieter Arens, Nancy Argenta, Howard Arman, Michael Chance, Wilbert Hazelzet, Harry van der Kamp, Mark Kroll, Barthold Kuijken, Zvi Meneller, Klaus Mertens, Guy de Mey, Nicholas Parle, Marcel Ponseele, Ludger Rémy, Susanne Rydén, Barbara Schlick, Michael Schneider, and Norman Shetler, Simon Standage, Anton Steck, John Toll, Jan De Winne and Carolyn Watkinson (1992-1994 in Brno, 1993/94 in Dresden, 2001/02 Academy for Early Music Oberlausitz, 1994 Worcester / MA), and in conducting seminars and interpretative courses. In 1996 the members of "Accademia Daniel", one of the most successful Israeli musicians founded Baroque ensemble,

Again and again, Thomas Fritzsch succeeds in surprising discoveries in seemingly known terrain, most recently with the first recording of the Sperontes song collection Singende Muse at the Pleiße (Leipzig, 1736, with the participation of JS Bach) and with a production to the Bachschen Hofkapelle in the Weimar Castle. In 2007, Mozart's symphonies Jupiter and G minor KV 550 as well as the overtures to the Magic Flute and Figaro's wedding will be published in the transcription for pianoforte, flute, violin and violoncello by Johann Nepomuk Hummel on instruments of the 19th century (DS).

Thomas Fritzsch plays a viola da gamba by Johann Casper Göbler, Breslau 1784, and violincellos by Köllmer, Crawinkel before 1700, and Ignaz Andreas Wild, Brno 1809.


Mark Kroll’s distinguished career as a performer, scholar and educator spans a period of more than fifty years. He has appeared in concert worldwide as a harpsichordist and fortepianist, and recently returned from China, where taught and gave recitals in Beijing and Shanghai. He has made numerous recordings of repertoire from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries, and is currently recording the complete pièces de clavecin of François Couperin for Centaur Records.

As a scholar, Mr. Kroll has published the books Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe; Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician and His World; Playing the Harpsichord Expressively; and The Beethoven Violin Sonatas; chapters and articles on a variety of subjects; and editions of the music of Geminiani, Hummel, Scarlatti, Avison and Junker.

As an educator, Mark Kroll has given master classes and taught courses throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and served for twenty-five years as Professor of Harpsichord and Chair of the Department of Historical Performance at Boston University.