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Schmelzer: Sonatas / Ensemble Aurora, Ensemble Labyrinto

Schmelzer / Enemble Aurora / Gatti / Pandolfo
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 80003   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Odile EdouardEunice BrandaoPaolo PandolfoSigrid Lee,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  AuroraLabyrinto
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHMELZER Sonatas Enrico Gatti (vn, cond); Ens Aurora; Paolo Pandolfo (vn, cond); Labyrinto GLOSSA 80003 (58:05)


This album was recorded in 1991 and originally released on Symphonia 9107. It’s been generally unavailable for some time, so its reappearance as part of the Glossa catalog is welcome. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer was less known in the early 1990s than he is today, with his works increasingly recorded and programmed at early-music concerts. He was fortunate in serving two emperors of the Habsburg Read more line, Ferdinand III and Leopold I, who shared his conservative taste for Italian balletto and violin sonatas—especially the likes of Uccellini, Ferrari, and Marini.


The disc samples works from a pair of publications of Schmelzer: both his two-voiced Duodena selectarum sonatarum of 1659, and the richer textures of his Sacro-profanus concentus musicus published in 1662. The performances are sophisticated and technically expert, from musicians who have made this kind of thing a specialty. I would suggest two things that might have changed in their performances over the intervening 20 years, given their more recent work: first, a greater inclusion of ornamentation in slow sections, and second, more flexibility in phrasing, especially in the Duodena selections. Even so, it’s impossible to fault the splendid verve of the penultimate section in the Sonata V à sei , the elegant precision of the Sonata X à tre ’s second movement, or the warm, dark tone of the Sonata III à sei ’s opening. This is excellent playing, whatever the vintage. In short, recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 4 à 6 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Performer:  Odile Edouard (Violin), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Paolo Pandolfo (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Sigrid Lee (Bass Viola da gamba), Gaetano Nasillo (Bass Viola da gamba), Roberto Sensi (Violone),
Enrico Gatti (Violin), Guido Morini (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora,  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 7 à 5 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora,  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1991 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3. Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 4 à 2 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora,  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 5 à 6 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora,  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5. Sonata à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 9 à 5 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7. Sonata a 3 "Lanterly" by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8. Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 9 à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9. Duodena selectarum sonatorum: Sonata no 10 à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10. Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 12 à 3 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11. Sacro-profanus concentus musicus: Sonata no 3 à 6 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1662; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
12. Duodena selectarum sonatarum: Sonata no 6 à 2 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1659; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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