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Ex Vienna: Anonymus Habsburg Violin Music

Anonymous
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The violinist Gunar Letzbor is an established specialist in performing Austrian baroque music; in particular, he has especially intensively grappled with works of Biber, Muffat and Schmelzer, to name three examples. In so doing, he is constantly searching for a specifically Austrian baroque string sound. Manuscript XIV 726 of the Minoritenkonvent in Vienna is one of the most important sources of Austrian baroque music. From the over hundred sonatas contained in it, Gunar Letzbor has compiled the series 'ex Vienna' consisting of three programmes which shed light on various aspects of Austrian violin music. In the first part of the series, Anonymus, Gunar Letzbor has recorded violin works handed down to the present day in this Viennese Read more manuscript, in which the names of the composers are not specified. The selected pieces reveal a broad expressive spectrum, ranging from profound sadness to lively buoyancy, also containing echoes of baroque dance music. What all the works share is their high technical standard: playing in high registers, unusual bowing, polyphonic passages, onomatopoeia and runs played at breakneck speed bear witness to the high standard of violin playing north of the Alps - whoever wrote these works must have been an outstanding violinist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata No. 73 in A minor by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Toccata No. 94 for violin & continuo in A minor by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Sonata No. 87 for violin & continuo by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Sonata No. 74 for violin & continuo in F major by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Musicalisch Urwerck No. 68 for violin & continuo in A minor by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Sonata No. 4 for violin & continuo in D major by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Sonata No. 77 for violin & continuo in A major by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Das Post-Horn No. 69, for violin & continuo in B major by 726, Anonymous, W. M. M.
Performer:  Gunar [Baroque Violin] Letzbor (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesa 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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