Tue 19 h
Church of Peace Sanssouci
church concerts

Tuesday's academy

Friedrich’s Court Musicians Dare Doing More Democracy


Johann Gottlieb Janitsch
Quartet (»Quadro«) G major
Sonata da camera »Echo« D major

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Trio sonata »Sanguineus and Melancholicus« C minor

Georg Anton Benda
Harpsichord Concert in F minor

Johann Gottlieb Graun
Trio in F major

Johann Gottlieb or C.H. Graun (?)
Oboe concert G minor


Georg Kallweit
violin, concertmaster
Dörte Wetzel violin
Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer viola
Katharina Litschig violoncello
Harald Winkler double bass
Christoph Huntgeburth traverse flute
Xenia Löffler oboe
Raphael Alpermann harpsichord

Even when based in Rheinsberg Palace before the prince’s coronation, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, one of Friedrich II’s very first court musicians, would regularly put on concerts for an audience from the city. Later in Berlin he continued the tradition of these »Friday Academies«, which meant non-noble music lovers could enjoy the most recent compositions by the pros and sometimes talented amateurs would partake the performances. These friendship-based musical gatherings led to a new concert culture beyond the courts. A hand-picked chamber ensemble from Akademie für Alte Musik, a top international orchestra for historically informed performances, presents musical rarities by Janitsch and colleagues.