Viola Galante
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Franz Benda - William Flackton - Giorgio Antoniotto - Christlieb Siegmund Binder

Viola Galante

Pauline Sachse | Andreas Hecker

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533121
Catalog number: AVI 8553312
Releasedate: 03-11-17
- Various World Premiere recordings from the Baroque Period, played from manuscripts
- Pauline Sachse made her Solo Debut only in January 2017 with her album Schubert/Shostakovich – Swan songs (Schwanengesänge) – together with Lauma Skride
- There are almost no original score for Viola from the Baroque period, therefore exclusive for the Viola fans.

„….Original compositions for viola as a solo instrument were quite rare before 1775. There are several reasons for this, and they go back a long way. In ensembles, the viola, as the middle part, usually played a subordinate role. In court and municipal orchestras, the posts of violists were generally poorly filled in terms of both quality and of quantity – also because violists were poorly paid. The first author to highlight the viola’s pivotal role in harmony and voice-leading was Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), who pointed out in 1713 that everything would sound dissonant without the viola. Then, in 1738, Johann Philipp Eisel (1698-1763) described the viola as the “innards of music”. Further statements can be found – for instance, Johann Samuel Petri (1738-1808), in his Manual of Practical Music-Making (1782), exclaimed: “Another mistake! The viola is so mistreated! A beautiful instrument that achieves such great effect is generally put through torture by ignorant apprentices or stupid old men.” 

However, the fact that solo viola parts were generally entrusted to skillful violinists eventually led to the emergence of works written specifically for viola. 

With this recording exclusively featuring world premières (with the exception of Flackton) of original compositions for viola, we are thus able to provide a multi-faceted glimpse of late 18th-century repertoire for viola and keyboard – works that are mostly forgotten today. …..“ (Excerpt from the liner Notes)

The search for truthful expression, along with the endeavour to forge a poetic narrative of sound – these are the cornerstones of violist Pauline Sachse’s ongoing artistic pursuit. In 2013 she was appointed viola professor at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden.

At that point she left her previous solo position at Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and resigned as guest professor from the Berlin Hanns Eisler School of Music in order to devote herself fully to her new teaching duties while maintaining her activities as solo and chamber musician. Pauline Sachse is in high demand on the chamber music scene: she performs in recitals with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Vogt, Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Anna Prohaska, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Harriet Krijgh, Martin Fröst, Antje Weithaas, Benjamin Schmid, and Janine Jansen. She is regularly invited to appear at important festivals including Salzburg, Heidelberg, Spannungen, Moritzburg, Schwetzingen and

Born in Hamburg, Pauline Sachse was trained as a violist at the Hanns Eisler School of Music, at the Berlin University of the Arts, and at Yale University, under the tutelage of Jesse Levine, Wilfried Strehle and – for many years – Tabea Zimmermann, whose assistant she became at the Hanns Eisler School
of Music in 2007. She gained further significant insight from studies with the Alban Berg Quartet. In ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic, she worked with renowned conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, and Seiji Ozawa. Pauline Sachse combines a variety of artforms in her artistic and educational approach, including classical dance ever since her youth. Today she forms her thoughts not only in sound, but also sculpts them in words and in stone. She makes sculptures, performs interdisciplinary artistic experiments, and publishes articles in her ongoing quest for truthful expression. On the podium, Pauline Sachse’s instrumental partner is the Madame Butterfly viola made by Paolo Maggini in Brescia in 1610.

Andreas Hecker was born into a musically talented family: six of eight siblings became professional musicians, including the renowned cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker. Ever since earliest childhood, chamber music was part of their daily lives. Thus, apart from early music, Andreas Hecker continues to cultivate a true passion for chamber music, performing on a regular basis with members of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Dresden Philharmonie, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and with outstanding soloists such as Pauline Sachse.
Andreas Hecker received his first musical training from Dagmar Mewes at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Zwickau. He went on to study piano and music pedagogy at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden with Prof. Gunnar Nauck, harpsichord with Prof. Ludger Rémy, and chamber music with Prof. Peter Bruns. He concluded his studies with a post-graduate Concert Exam in piano under the tutelage of Peter Rösel. Hecker refined his craft by actively participating in masterclasses taught by outstanding musicians such as Amadeus Webersinke, Daniel Hope, Jacques Rouvier, Sebastian Knauer, and Andrew Ball. Andreas Hecker has won prizes at several national and international competitions, including the International Bach Competition in Würzburg (2006), the International Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria (2011), and the Gebrüder-Graun-Prize in Bad Liebenwerda (2007).

Several international music events have called on the services of Andreas Hecker as official piano accompanist: for instance, the Markneukirchen International Musical Instrument Competition, the Competition of the German Collection of Musical Instruments in Hamburg, the International Music
Academy Masterclasses in Meissen, the Saxon Electorate Masterclasses in Bad Elster, and since 2015 the Giuseppe Sinopoli Academy of the Dresden Staatskapelle. Since 2008, Andreas Hecker has worked as piano and harpsichord accompanist at his alma mater, the Dresden University of Music, where he was named professor in 2017.