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JOHANN FRIEDRICH REICHARDT  

(1752 - 1814)

The son of a distinguished lutenist, Johann Friedrich Reichardt was born in Königsberg and won an early reputation as a violinist and keyboard player, while also demonstrating ability as a lutenist. His training as a composer lacked consistency, but by the age of 23 he had succeeded in securing an appointment as Kapellmeister at the Berlin opera; this was under the patronage of Frederick the Great, whose successor, Friedrich Wilhelm II, he also served, losing favour for a time through his avowed republicanism after the French Revolution. Prolific as a composer, he nevertheless is remembered now more for his various writings, records of his travels throughout Europe and of the musical life that he encountered. He associated with leading writers of the time, although eventually aroused the hostility of Goethe and Schiller.

Stage Works

Reichardt won his position at Potsdam with a conservative opera, Le feste galanti, in the style of Graun favoured by Frederick the Great. His later operas reflected the influence of Gluck and explored the use of German and the newly developing genre of melodrama. He also wrote Singspiel and incidental music, including a notable interpretation of Macbeth.

Vocal and Choral Music

A prolific composer of songs, Reichardt left some 1,500 Lieder, settings of verse by some 125 poets which were an influence on Schubert. His choral music includes a number of cantatas, psalm settings and motets.

Instrumental Music

Reichardt ’s composition of instrumental music reached its height in the 1770s and 1780s. His harpsichord concertos include works dedicated to C.P.E. Bach, who had earlier worked in Berlin, and to his first wife, Juliane Benda, daughter of the Berlin court musician Franz Benda. He also wrote violin concertos, symphonies and overtures. His chamber music includes a variety of trios and quartets, and for the harpsichord and then the piano he wrote a number of sonatas.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
150 SCHONSTEN VOLKSLIEDER (DIE) Capriccio
C7106
Choral - Secular, Vocal, Choral - Secular
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SONGS (Bavarian Radio Chorus) Oehms Classics
OC535
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Berliner Singakademie - REICHARDT, J.F. / ZELTER, C.F. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix Capriccio
C10149
Choral - Secular
Choral Music (100 Masterpieces) Capriccio
C49565
Choral - Secular
Christmas Choral Concert: Regensburg Cathedral Choir - LUTZEL, J.H. / PACHELBEL, J. / HANDL, J. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / BRAHMS, J. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10838
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Vocal
CHRISTMAS VOCAL MUSIC - REICHARDT, J.F. / BACH, J.S. / NEUNER, K. / ADAM, A. / GUMPELZHAIMER, A. / BRAHMS, J. / HANDEL, G.F. (Kowalski) Capriccio
C10834
Vocal
GERMAN FOLK SONGS - ZOLLNER, C.F. / REICHARDT, J.F. / BRAHMS, J. / SCHUBERT, F. / ZUCCALMAGLIO, A.W.F. von / KUHLAU, F. Capriccio
C49303
Choral - Secular, Vocal
MUSIC FOR GLASS HARMONICA Naxos
8.555295
Chamber Music
MUSIC FOR GLASS HARMONICA (Hoffmann, Ulrich, Hucke, Nippes) Allegretto
ACD-8174
Chamber Music
REICHARDT, J.F.: Lieder der Liebe und der Einsamkeit (Fischer-Dieskau, M. Graf) Orfeo
C245921A
Vocal
SILCHER, F.: Ich ging einmal spazieren / SCHUMANN, R.: Es wollt ein Jagerlein jagen / 5 Gesange aus H. Laubes Jagdbrevier (Arman) Capriccio
C67023
Choral - Secular
SINGER PUR: Best of Oehms Classics
OC1869
Vocal Ensemble
SINGER PUR: German Folksongs Oehms Classics
OC560
Vocal Ensemble
SONGS OF THE CLASSICAL AGE Cedille
CDR90000-049
Vocal
Vocal Recital (Baritone): Bästlein, Ulf - LOEWE, C. / BACH, C.P.E. / SCHULZ, J.A.P. / REICHARDT, J.F. (Seid menschlich, froh und gut) Gramola Records
Gramola99118
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich - ZELTER, C.F. / REICHARDT, J.F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / SCHUBERT, F. / SCHUMANN, R. (Goethe-Lieder) Orfeo
C389951B
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Kowalski, Jochen - / MARTINI, J.-P.-É. / PEREZ-FREIRE, O. / EULENBURG, P. Capriccio
C10324
Vocal
WOLF, E.W.: Symphonies in E Minor / G Major / DESTOUCHES, F.S. von: Symphony in D Major (Weimar Staatskapelle, Gulke) Capriccio
C71128
Orchestral
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