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Trumpet Music By Biber And Schmelzer / Pickett


Release Date: 10/12/2007 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 425834   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Heinrich SchmelzerHeinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Stephen KeavyAndrew ManzeJulia HodgsonRichard Boothby,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A disc of music by the two most talented composers of seventeenth-century Austria and Bohemia is welcome and doubly so when the performances are as lively as these. Philip Pickett and his New London Consort have chosen a varied programme of pieces by Austrian Schmelzer and Bohemian Biber and while I would not advise anyone to listen uninterrupted to the entire disc, taken in sensible doses it should afford pleasure. Schmelzer was born in the 1620s, eventually attaining a position of the highest importance at the Vienna court. Biber was born in 1644 and in 1670 entered the service of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg, with whom he remained until his death in 1704. The programme assembled here is culled from various collections and Read more publications and reflects an assortment of stylistic influences and range of colours and sonorities.

Much of the Schmelzer repertory was unfamiliar to me. It includes a charming Serenade in honour of the Emperor Leopold I, his employer and an eight-part Sonata, the most elaborate in a collection published in 1662 under the title Sacro-Profanus Concentus Musicus. Both pieces include parts for trumpets, violins, viols and continuo in which thematic ideas are engagingly exchanged. I found the Balletto di centauri, ninfe e salvatici engaging, too; it consists of four arias so-called—the term is used widely but loosely in this repertory and does not denote a specific type of piece—with clearly defined dance rhythms. But my attention wandered a little in a seven-part Sonata for as many recorders with continuo.

With Biber comes a greater degree of invention and fantasy to which he was able to give full rein in his 15 Mystery Sonatas for violin and continuo. There is nothing here, perhaps, which reaches a comparable musical level but Biber, nevertheless skilfully and unfailingly holds our attention with a deft deployment of varied instrumental groups and their contrasting colours. Among the pieces are a resonant seven-part Sonata for six trumpets and timpani, a more delicately wrought Sonata pro tabula and the fine nine-part Sonata Sancti Polycarpi. Performances throughout are stylish, technically polished and effectively recorded. Enjoyable.'

-- Nicholas Anderson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata con arie in C major "Kaiserlichen Serenada" by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Stephen Keavy (Trumpet), Andrew Manze (Violin), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), William Hunt (Violone),
Stephen Henderson (Timpani), David Roblou (Organ), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet),
David Staff (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1672; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Sonata à 7 flauti by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo), William Lyons (Recorder),
Penny Pay (Recorder), David Roblou (Organ), Elizabeth Stanbridge (Recorder),
Tom Finucane (Archlute), Catherine Latham (Recorder), Anneke Boeke (Recorder),
Philip Pickett (Recorder)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Balletto di spiritelli by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba), Anneke Boeke (Recorder),
Catherine Latham (Recorder), William Hunt (Violone), Andrew Manze (Violin),
David Roblou (Harpsichord), Penny Pay (Curtal), Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin),
Elizabeth Stanbridge (Recorder)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Sonata no 1 for 2 Violins, 2 Trumpets, 3 Viola da Gambas and Basso Continuo by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Violone), Michael Laird (Trumpet), David Blackadder (Trumpet),
Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), William Hunt (Alto Viola da gamba), Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo),
David Roblou (Organ), Elizabeth Liddle (Bass Viola da gamba), Tom Finucane (Archlute),
Andrew Manze (Violin), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1661; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Balletto di centauri, ninfe e salvatici by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin), Kenneth Hamilton (Sackbut), David Purser (Sackbut),
David Staff (Cornett), Stephen Saunders (Sackbut), Catherine Latham (Recorder),
Penny Pay (Curtal), Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), William Hunt (Violone), David Roblou (Organ),
Timothy Roberts (Harpsichord), Tom Finucane (Archlute), Jeremy West (Cornett),
Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo), Elizabeth Stanbridge (Recorder), Anneke Boeke (Recorder)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Sonata à 7 for 6 Trumpets, Timpani and Organ by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Anthony Pleeth (Cello), Peter McCarthy (Double Bass), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet),
Stephen Keavy (Trumpet), David Staff (Trumpet), Michael Laird (Trumpet),
David Blackadder (Trumpet), David Roblou (Organ), Malcolm Smith (Trumpet),
Stephen Henderson (Timpani)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1668; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Sonata pro tabula by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Catherine Latham (Recorder), Elizabeth Stanbridge (Recorder), Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin),
Andrew Manze (Violin), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba),
David Roblou (Organ), William Hunt (Violone), Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo),
Tom Finucane (Archlute), Anneke Boeke (Recorder), William Lyons (Recorder),
Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Sonata à 5 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Michael Laird (Trumpet), Anthony Pleeth (Cello), Andrew Manze (Violin),
Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), Peter McCarthy (Double Bass), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet),
David Roblou (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Sonata à 3 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Peter McCarthy (Double Bass), Andrew Manze (Violin), Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin),
Anthony Pleeth (Cello), Timothy Roberts (Harpsichord), David Roblou (Organ),
Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo), Tom Finucane (Archlute), Paul Nieman (Sackbut)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10.
Sonata à 6 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba), Tom Finucane (Archlute), Michael Laird (Trumpet),
Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba), David Roblou (Organ),
William Hunt (Violone), Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo), Timothy Roberts (Harpsichord),
Andrew Manze (Violin)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11.
Sonata no 1 in D major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Paula Chateauneuf (Theorbo), Tom Finucane (Archlute),
Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin), Stephen Keavy (Trumpet), Andrew Manze (Violin),
William Hunt (Alto Viola da gamba), David Roblou (Organ), Julia Hodgson (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Elizabeth Liddle (Bass Viola da gamba), Richard Boothby (Violone)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for 8 Trumpets and Timpani "Sancti Polycarpi" by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Anthony Pleeth (Cello), Stephen Henderson (Timpani), Peter McCarthy (Double Bass),
David Roblou (Organ), David Blackadder (Trumpet), David Staff (Trumpet),
Malcolm Smith (Trumpet), Stephen Keavy (Trumpet), Paul Nieman (Trumpet),
David Purser (Trumpet), Michael Laird (Trumpet), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata con arie zu der kaiserlichen Serenada (1672)
Sonata à 7
Ballo di spiritelli
Sonata I à 8 (Sacro-Profanus Concentus Musicus 1662)
Balletto di centauri, ninfe e salvatici (1674)
Sonata à 7(1668)
Sonata pro tabula
Sonata VII à 5 (Sonatae Tam Aris quam Aulis Servientes)
Sonata à 3
Sonata à 6
Sonata I à 8 (Sonatae Tam aris quam Aulis Servientes)
Sonata ("Sancti Polycarpi")

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