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Biber: Violin Sonatas / Andrew Manze, Romanesca


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2907344   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Andrew ManzeNigel NorthJohn Toll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Anyone who cares about Biber's extraordinary instrumental music (and to hear it is to love it) probably owns this set already. It has received raves from practically everyone, garnered prestigious international awards, and it established Andrew Manze as perhaps the most exciting Baroque violin virtuoso out there today. Its reissue, with a slightly different version of the original "road kill" cover, offers anyone who missed it the first time around an opportunity to enjoy a remarkable musical experience.

The performances are astounding in all respects, from Manze's supreme virtuosity and idiomatic freedom to the superbly conceived supporting roles of Nigel North on lute and
Read more theorbo and John Toll on harpsichord and organ. In addition to the sonatas, you also get a fabulous take on the hilarious Sonata Representativa as well as Manze's intense view of the amazing Passacaglia for solo violin, the greatest work of its kind before Bach's Chaconne in D minor. Perfectly balanced, warm, luminous sonics make this one of the finest recordings of all time. Even if you hate Baroque music, hate violin music--or even hate music--you should own this.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonatas (8) for Violin and Basso Continuo by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin), Nigel North (Theorbo), Nigel North (Lute),
John Toll (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1681; Bohemia 
2. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major "Representatio avium" by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Nigel North (Theorbo), John Toll (Harpsichord), Andrew Manze (Violin),
Nigel North (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1669; Nuremberg, Germany 
3. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo "La Pastorella" by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Nigel North (Theorbo), John Toll (Harpsichord),
Andrew Manze (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Romanesca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
4. Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
5. Passacaglia for Violin solo in C minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1676; Salzburg, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Sonata no 1: II. Variatio/Finale
Violin Sonata "La Pastorella"

Customer Reviews

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 Wow June 21, 2012 By Steven Howes (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "If you love virtuoso playing and composing this is it! Sonata #2 stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. The Representatio avium were also some of the most interesting tracks I'd heard in a long time. totally loved it, still do love it." Report Abuse
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