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Biber: Missa Alleluja / Letzbor, Ars Antiqua Austra, St. Florianer Sangerknaben


Release Date: 01/20/2017 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24325  
Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Gunar LetzborHubert HoffmannGerd KendaErich Traxler
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua AustriaSt. Florian Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Several masses with large orchestration attest to the outstanding compositional skills of the Salzburg master Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) in coping with large ensembles. As usual in Salzburg, Biber expects polychoral performances. The church music at the Salzburg cathedral drew its orientation from the performance practice in Venice. The Missa Alleluia was probably composed after 1690 and certainly before 1698, because a manuscript was made in Kremsmunster that year. The original score and sheets from Salzburg are lost. Excellent copies have been preserved at the Upper Austrian abbey at Kremsmunster: they serve as a basis for the present recording. Biber has fully exploited the possibilities of Baroque Instrumentation in the Read more Missa Alleluia: a chorus with 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bass voices grants him a large number of combinations of voices and thus constant change of timbre. The strings choir also has six parts, with both violins often conducted virtuosically. A chorus with 3 trumpets and 2 cornetti is even surpassed in tonal mass by the chorus composed of 2 clarini, 4 trumpets, and timpani. This large number of trumpets emphasizes the cheerful character of the work and is very luxurious by Austrian standards. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa alleluja by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria,  St. Florian Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1698; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Nisi Dominus by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Gunar Letzbor (Violin), Hubert Hoffmann (Theorbo), Gerd Kenda (Bass),
Erich Traxler (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo "La Pastorella" by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Gunar Letzbor (Violin), Hubert Hoffmann (Theorbo), Gerd Kenda (Bass),
Erich Traxler (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
4.
Hic est panis by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Erich Traxler (Organ), Gerd Kenda (Bass), Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1680; Austria 

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