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Biber: Battalia; Locke: The Tempest / Il Giardino Armonico


Release Date: 02/02/1999 
Label:  Teldec Das Alte Werk Catalog #: 21464   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz BiberMatthew LockeAnonymousCarl Heinrich Biber,   ... 
Performer:  Luca PiancaGiovanni AntoniniEnrico OnofriMichele Barchi,   ... 
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino ArmonicoInnsbruck Trumpet Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having firmly established itself at the forefront of modern Vivaldi performance, Il Giardino Armonico explores two masters from the previous generation, rooted in its own cultural milieu. Biber’s Battalia has arguably become the most celebrated sui generis programmatic suite of the seventeenth century with its easy Bohemian juxtaposition of poignant airs and almost choreographic stage music. Too often we hear each implicit detail exaggerated to death; the Italians represent the dissolute revelling of the muskateers with vitality, and yet each movement is conveyed within the bounds of courtly decorum. The group’s leader, Enrico Onofri, provides a memorable and effective gimmick in the March as he walks from right to left and disappears into Read more the distance. His playing in the Sonata violono solo representativa is just as impressive as the exceptional readings by Reinhard Goebel and Romanesca’s Andrew Manze. Though less freewheeling than either, Onofri’s account is just as acutely characterized: the Cuckoo is positively charming, the Frog leaps in a spontaneous counterpoint of improvised special effects and the Hen and the Cock fly by the seats of their pants with a stirring full-throttled sound and thrilling technical precision.

Such qualities are apparent in the remarkable C minor ‘partia’ from Biber’s most challenging scordatura consort publication, Harmonia artificiosa of 1696. Composed for two violas d’amore, this is a beguiling work which has received its finest performances to date from the Purcell Quartet and The Rare Fruits Council. Il Giardino Armonico generates a ringing, almost orchestral palette – darkened by a tenor chalumeau – upon which float these soft-grained viole. Less agreeable is the Allemande which is fussily handled and never quite allowed to bed down into its natural harmonic rhythm; the ‘Aria variata’ that ends the suite has reflective sobriety nonchalantly sacrificed for Mediterranean effervescence. This is both the strength and weakness of Il Giardino in northern and central European repertoire, exemplified in Locke’s music for The Tempest, from which a majestic orchestral suite can be wrought. The musical ideas are impressive (the famous Curtain Tune with its force-ten wind finds a natural home here), but too often miscast with ill-suited outbursts imposed on such temperate dances. Overall though, this is a dynamic and distinctive programme with some brilliant performances.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [2/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1. Battalia for Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1673 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2. The Tempest: Incidental Music by Matthew Locke
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1674; England 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 20 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3. Passacaglia for Violin solo in C minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Luca Pianca (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. The Bird Fancyer's Delight: Tune for the Woodlark by Anonymous
Performer:  Giovanni Antonini (Flautino)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Sonata violino solo representativa by Carl Heinrich Biber
Performer:  Luca Pianca (Spoken Vocals), Luca Pianca (Archlute), Enrico Onofri (Violin),
Michele Barchi (Harpsichord), Vittorio Ghielmi (Bass Viola da gamba), Luca Pianca (Ceterone),
Riccardo Doni (Organ)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6. Ricercare by Enrico Onofri
Performer:  Luca Pianca (Archlute), Vittorio Ghielmi (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an improvisation. 
7. Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa: Partita no 7 for 2 Violas d'amore and Basso Continuo by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi (Tenor Viola da gamba), Enrico Onofri (Viola d'amore), Michele Barchi (Harpsichord),
Marco Bianchi (Viola d'amore), Luca Pianca (Archlute), Vittorio Ghielmi (Bass Viola da gamba),
Michele Barchi (Organ), Giovanni Antonini (Tenor Chalumeau)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8. Canon 4 in 2 by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Maria Cristina Vasi (Viola), Giovanni Antonini (Tenor Recorder), Marco Bianchi (Viola),
Vittorio Ghielmi (Tenor Viola da gamba), Rodney Prada (Bass Viola da gamba), Enrico Onofri (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1654; England 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9. Hunting Fanfares (6) for Trumpet and Timpani : Fanfare in D major by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Herbert Walser (Trumpet), Martin Rabl (Trumpet), Martin Patscheider (Trumpet),
Charlie Fischer (Timpani), Andreas Lackner (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  RSI Studios, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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