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Mensa Sonora - Biber And His Contemporaries / Masques


Release Date: 03/21/2006 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29909   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz BiberGeorg MuffatJohann Heinrich SchmelzerJohann Michael Nicolai,   ... 
Performer:  Chloe MeyersElin SöderströmMélisande CorriveauSophie Gent,   ... 
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This fine collection of Baroque music for strings invites an observation that's often made but rarely so aptly as here: "If you like this sort of thing, you'll love this recording." Beginning with Biber's five-part G major Sonata VIII (from his collection "tam aris quam aulis servientes")--an ideal opening selection--we hear this tightly-knit, stylistically savvy period-instrument ensemble at its best, impressive with its sharp-edged articulation, well-judged balances, and vibrant sound. The program is nicely varied, ranging from Biber's Passacaglia for solo violin--played with luxurious phrasing and gorgeous tone by Sophie Gent--to Johann Nicolai's rich-textured three-part gamba sonata and the abovementioned five-part Biber sonata. Read more Compositionally speaking, there are no great masterpieces here, but the real point is that we're offered first-rate, entertaining, Grade-A Baroque music--repertoire we don't often hear--that's expertly performed and recorded in an appropriately dry acoustic that maximizes the period-instrument timbres. My only complaint is that, as with many other Analekta releases, the liner booklet is needlessly difficult to read (reverse type, extremely small type-sizes, etc.). Otherwise, this is a superb production that rates a high recommendation where it counts most--music, performance, and sound.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 8 in G major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Chloe Meyers (Violin), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba),
Sophie Gent (Violin), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
2. Armonico tributo: Sonata no 2 in G minor by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba), Olivier Fortin (Organ),
Sophie Gent (Violin), Chloe Meyers (Violin), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Germany 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
3. Mensa Sonora: Sonata no 3 in A minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba),
Chloe Meyers (Violin), Sophie Gent (Violin), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
4. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 7 à 5 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Olivier Fortin (Organ), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba),
Chloe Meyers (Violin), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba), Sophie Gent (Violin)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
5. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 9 in B flat major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba), Chloe Meyers (Violin),
Sophie Gent (Violin), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
6. Mensa Sonora: Sonata no 6 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Chloe Meyers (Violin), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba),
Sophie Gent (Violin), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
7. Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Sophie Gent (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
8. Sonata a tre viol de gamba in E minor: Adagio by Johann Michael Nicolai
Performer:  Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; Germany 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
9. Sonata a tre viol de gamba in E minor: Allegro - Adagio by Johann Michael Nicolai
Performer:  Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; Germany 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
10. Sonata a tre viol de gamba in E minor: Ciaconi (Adagio) by Johann Michael Nicolai
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba), Elin Söderström (Viola da gamba), Mélisande Corriveau (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; Germany 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 
11. Sonatina for Viola da gamba and Basso Continuo by Augustinus Kertzinger
Performer:  Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord), Joshua Cheatham (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin-de-Mirabel Church, Québec (11/14/2005 - 11/17/2005) 

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