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Vienna 1700 / Duftschmid, Armonico Tributo


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999919   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Joseph FuxHeinrich Ignaz BiberJohann Heinrich SchmelzerJohann Kaspar Kerll,   ... 
Performer:  Wilfried ZelinkaBernd FröhlichPascal BertinBarbara Fink,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo AustriaDomkantorei GrazGrazer Choralschola
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A grim detail of Der Triumph des Todes (the Triumph of Death) by the late-Renaissance master Pieter Brueghel was chosen as cover art for this program of music composed more than a century later because it alludes to the plagues and other catastrophes that would have such a considerable influence on Viennese composers during the 1700s. Nearly all of the works offered are less than hopeful sacred settings, and the few secular ones such as the Battalias by Biber and Kerll, Biber's Pauernkirchfahrt, and Schmelzer's Polnische Sackpfeiffen are laced with programmatic references to war and other disconcerting events. However, if death was to be the overriding subject, these composers apparently were determined to experiment, if not have as much Read more fun as possible undermining its dark consequences.


The majority of the program is devoted to Austria's most important composer of the period, Johann Joseph Fux. Among his four sacred settings, the 1704 Te Deum (which receives its premiere recording here) is the longest, largest, and most spectacular of the lot. This magnificent, highly-charged, rapidly evolving piece is on par with any similar setting of its day. Fux's grand Magnificat also is a stunner with alternating solo and tutti passages that are periodically endowed with highly inventive clusters of choral polyphony.

The instrumental selections are generally well played, though given the greater recorded competition for these pieces, they impress somewhat less. In the famous second-movement Allegro of Biber's Battalia, where eight different melodies are played simultaneously to allude to a group of drunken musketeers, this performance by Armonico Tributo sounds almost polite when compared to Concentus Musicus Wien's convincingly inebriated collapse (Teldec) or Il Giardano Armonico's exquisite dissonant antics (also on Teldec). Biber's Pauernkirchfahrt and Schmelzer's Polische Sackpfeiffen suffer from a similar lack of abandon, especially in comparison to the imaginatively fierce, passionate renderings of the Musica Antiqua Koln (Archiv).

CPO's sound is excellent, with life-like clarity and convincing instrumental and choral balances. In sum, while in a handful of instances other renditions are more evocative, Armonico Tributo delivers consistently respectable performances, and this fine compilation loaded with premiere recordings and rarities surely will be of interest to fans of the period. Recommended.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Te Deum, K 271 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
2. Stabat mater, K 268 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto), Barbara Fink (Soprano),
Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
3. Litaniae Sancta Maria, K 121 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto), Barbara Fink (Soprano),
Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
4. Magnificat, K 98 by Johann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano), Wilfried Zelinka (Bass),
Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
5. Sonata for Strings and Basso Continuo in B flat major "Die Bauernkirchfahrt" by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
6. Gegrüsst seist Du by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
7. Polonische Sackpfeiffen in G major by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
8. Battaglia by Johann Kaspar Kerll
Performer:  Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
9. O Du lieber Augustin by Anonymous
Performer:  Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano), Barbara Fink (Soprano), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Wilfried Zelinka (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
10. Salve Regina misericordiae by Anonymous
Performer:  Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Medieval 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
11. Ave Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Wilfried Zelinka (Bass), Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Barbara Fink (Soprano), Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Medieval 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 
12. Magnificat by Anonymous
Performer:  Mieke Van der Sluis (Soprano), Barbara Fink (Soprano), Pascal Bertin (Alto),
Bernd Fröhlich (Tenor), Wilfried Zelinka (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorenz Duftschmid
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Tributo Austria,  Domkantorei Graz,  Grazer Choralschola
Period: Medieval 
Notes: 06/18/2002 - 06/21/2002 

Sound Samples

Oh, du lieber Augustin
Battalia
Te Deum, K. 271: Te Deum
Te Deum, K. 271: Pleni sunt Coeli
Te Deum, K. 271: Te ergo: Adagio
Te Deum, K. 271: In te Domine: Un poco allegro
Antiphon Salve Regina
Stabat Mater, K. 268: Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater, K. 268: Eia Mater
Stabat Mater, K. 268: Virgo Virginum praeclara
Stabat Mater, K. 268: Quando corpus morietur
Sonata a 6, "Die Pauernkirchfahrt": I. Adagio - Presto
Sonata a 6, "Die Pauernkirchfahrt": II. Die Pauern Kirchfahrt
Sonata a 6, "Die Pauernkirchfahrt": III. Adagio
Sonata a 6, "Die Pauernkirchfahrt": IV. Aria: Andante
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": I. Allegro
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": II. Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": III. Der Mars
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": IV. Presto
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": V. Aria: Andante
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": VI. Die Schlacht
Battalia, "Sonata di Marche": VII. Lamento Verwundten Musquetirer
Gegrusst seist Du
Polnische Sackpfeiffen
Ave Maria
Litaniae Sancta Maria, K. 121: Kyrie eleison
Litaniae Sancta Maria, K. 121: Virgo prudentissima
Litaniae Sancta Maria, K. 121: Regina Angelorum
Litaniae Sancta Maria, K. 121: Sub tuum praesidium
Litaniae Sancta Maria, K. 121: Domina nostra
Magnificat
Magnificat, K. 98: Magnificat
Magnificat, K. 98: Quia respexit
Magnificat, K. 98: Et misericordia ejus
Magnificat, K. 98: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat, K. 98: Sicut locutus est
Magnificat, K. 98: Amen

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