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Schmelzer: Sonatas, Balletti, Ciaconna / Lamon, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 11/02/1993 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 53963   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here’s another splendid CD from the excellent Tafelmusik.

Schmelzer’s music can hardly fail to inspire – whether it’s to make you want to dance; or make your jaw drop at the lightness of his touch in what really are profound or very human pieces such as the Lament on the death of Ferdinand III (tr 6); or smile at the cheeky woodwind embellishments in the chamber sonata ‘al giorno delle correggie’ (on the day of the lash) with its unexpectedly abrupt end.

Playing period instruments on what was a nominee for the 1994 ‘Best Classical Album, Small Ensemble’ Juno Award, the Toronto-based Baroque specialists, Tafelmusik, under their ever-energetic director, Jeanne Lamon, take you on a tasty and sprightly tour of some
Read more of Schmelzer’s most engaging music – mostly sonatas (Schmelzer played such a crucial role in developing the form in the Germany of the mid C17th) - and with the delightful Chaconne and French Ballet music for Nettuno e Flora festeggianti by Cesti.

In addition to music redolent of Monteverdi (especially in the ‘Zu der Kayserlichen’ sonata), Lully and Scheidt from the generation immediately preceding Schmelzer’s, you’ll hear music of great inventiveness, with an eternal spring and – nice in a relatively short ‘space’ – highly varied music.

It’s also repertoire in which Tafelmusik are very well at home and enjoy. Despite their immaculate ensemble playing, the contributions of each of their members are sparkling.

As with all these Arkiv CDs you are getting a record company-authorised CDR at a favourable price. The original liner-notes are included here.

If you’re looking for an introduction to this highly pleasing composer, who has such an original voice, this would be a good place to start. Several of the items included in the present reissue are unavailable elsewhere and likely to remain or become if not definitive, then eminently sought-after interpretations.

-- Mark Sealey, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata a 8 per chiesa e camera by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1679; Austria 
2.
Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 10 à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
3.
Ciaconna a 3 chori by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
4.
Sonata con tribus violinis by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1677; Austria 
5.
Sonata ad tabulam à 4 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
6.
Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1657; Austria 
7.
Sonata a 5 per camera al giorno delle correggie by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1676; Austria 
8.
Sonatae unarum fidium (6): no 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1664; Austria 
9.
Sonata a 5 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
10.
Balletti francesi by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1666; Austria 
11.
Sonata con arie in C major "Kaiserlichen Serenada" by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1672; Austria 

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