Duo Ahlert & Schwab have dedicated themselves, through their choice of instruments, to one of the smallest repertoires to be found in the classical music pantheon, that for guitar and mandolin. On this Naxos' effort, Daniel Ahlert plays the mandolin, and Birgit Schwab takes Baroque guitar and archlute parts in works of Sylvius Leopold Weiss and Giovanni Hoffmann. Being German, they identify Giovanni Hoffmann under the wholly inauthentic name of "Johann Hoffmann," which can lead to some confusion.
I guess I don't need to introduce this legendary Indian Mandolin Player called 'U. Shrinivas' who had single handily rose the fame to Mandolin Instrument among the Indian Classical instruments. IMO, Mandolin never would have got so much attention among the Indian music followers without the efforts of this great musician. Sadly, this great musician passed away on 19th September 2014, just at the age of 45 due to the complications arose in his liver transplantation.
'Galant pleasures' seems an apt description for this release, which presents a charming selection of works written for the mandolin in 18th-century Paris. Indeed, it was around this time that a number of plucked instruments came into vogue, and the mandolin in particular found great success among the nobility and middle classes, taking part in an atmosphere of intellect and refinement that prompted a new artistic direction in music of the period, revolutionising audiences' tastes and sensibilities along the way.