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Christoph Schaffrath: Sonatas Pour Viole / Balestracci, Et Al

Schaffrath / Balestracci
Release Date: 12/31/2007 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 50401  
Composer:  Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Martin ZellerGuido BalestracciMassimiliano RaschiettiAmandine Beyer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of the works performed here reflect the three-movement design favoured by the Berlin School, whether in the fast-slow-fast pattern, or, as in the quartet, beginning with the slow movement. The two solo sonatas performed here are actually trios, the upper two voices of which are shared equally between the viol and the keyboard. The quartet is the production of a musical moment in which the viol could still participate as an equal in company with the violin and the cello, the latter with parts largely independent of the bass line of the keyboard continuo. Although in the French musical world the viol and violoncello were deemed rivals to the bitter end, there was a fleeting attempt in the German world to maintain a collaboration. All of the works performed here reflect the three-movement design favoured by the Berlin School, whether in the fast-slow-fast pattern, or, as in the quartet, beginning with the slow movement. The two solo sonatas performed here are actually trios, the upper two voices of which are shared equally between the viol and the keyboard. The quartet is the production of a musical moment in which the viol could still participate as an equal in company with the violin and the cello, the latter with parts largely independent of the bass line of the keyboard continuo. Although in the French musical world the viol and violoncello were deemed rivals to the bitter end, there was a fleeting attempt in the German world to maintain a collaboration. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Duet for 2 Violas da Gamba in D minor by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Martin Zeller (Cello), Guido Balestracci (Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba in A major by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Guido Balestracci (Viola Da Gamba), Martin Zeller (Cello), Massimiliano Raschietti (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
3.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in B flat major by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Guido Balestracci (Viola Da Gamba), Martin Zeller (Cello), Massimiliano Raschietti (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in A major by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Massimiliano Raschietti (Harpsichord), Martin Zeller (Cello), Guido Balestracci (Viola Da Gamba),
Amandine Beyer (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 

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