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Schmelzer: Sacro-profanus / Fortin, Ensemble Masques

Schmelzer / Ensemble Masques / Fortin
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 334   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



With this first project for Zig-Zag Territories, the musicians of the Canadian ensemble Masques under the direction of the harpsichordist Olivier Fortin demonstrate their passion for the music of the Austrian Baroque composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Like most of his contemporaries (Biber, Walther, Sances), Schmelzer gives music a dual purpose: 'Music is a pleasure for the saints and for men; it is an act of devotion, but also a symbol of human virtue.' His collection Sacro-profanus concentus musicus is a masterly illustration of this credo. Ensemble Masques - formed of a core of six instrumentalists specialising in Baroque music - offers us sonatas for five and six
Read more instruments from this collection, alternating with character pieces like Die Fechtschule (an evocation of battle), Die Polnische Sackpfeiffe, and the famous Lamento sopra il morte Ferdinandi III. This varied programme highlights the diversity and the Italian inspiration of Schmelzer's music.
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata a 5 per camera al giorno delle correggie by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1676; Austria 
2. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata(s) by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
3. Polonische Sackpfeiffen in G major by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
4. Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1657; Austria 
5. Die Fechtschule by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 

Sound Samples

Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 4 a 6
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonatina No. 3 a 6
Al giorno delle Correggie
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 6 a 6
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 7 a 5
Balletto a 4, "Die Fechtschule"
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 5 a 6
Polnische Sackpfeiffen
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 9 a 5
Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata No. 8 a 5
Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III

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