Johannes Pramsohler on the life and music of Pieter Hellendaal

The violinist discusses the music of the 18th century Dutch-born composer

The violinist Johannes Pramsohler has recorded an album of sonatas by Pieter Hellendaal who studied in Italy and moved to England in the middle of the 18th century and worked as violinist, composer and teacher, spending the last couple of decades of his life in Cambridge. Pramsohler and his musical partners Gulrim Choï and Philippe Grisvard have recorded six of Hellendaal's 'Cambridge Sonatas' for Audax, an album released on March 6.

Johannes Pramsohler talked to Gramophone's James Jolly about the composer and his music, and how he came across this interesting figure in 18th-century musical England.

Pramsohler's earlier album of violin concertos by Antonio Montanari, made with his Ensemble Diderot, also for Audax, was an Editor's Choice in February 2016, and his subsequent 'London Album' was warmly welcomed in our pages last August.

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