German composer Johann David Heinichen was born near Weissenfels on 17 April 1683 into a musical family, and followed his father into attending the Thomasschule in Leipzig.
Whilst practising law, Heinichen wrote operas, and in 1709 gave up his legal career to concentrate on music. The following year he published a major treatise on the figured bass, and then spent seven years in Italy, achieving success with his operas.
He taught music to royalty, and was appointed to various positions.
After his death on 16 July 1729 his music was neglected until the late twentieth century.
Ensemble. Charm and Elegance - Mike Wheeler is impressed by German baroque music from Sinfonia Viva
CD Spotlight. Sorrowful Magnificence - Gerald Fenech is impressed by Johann David Heinichen's Passion Oratorios. '... engrossing performances that are as gripping as they are reverential.'
CD Spotlight. Truly Riveting Stuff - Gerald Fenech explores a harmonia mundi disc depicting folly in various forms. 'This music is without doubt Stephanie d'Oustrac's territory, and she once again rises to the occasion with some superlative singing full of heartfelt passion, feverish emotion and dramatic intensity.'