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Johann Rosenmuller: Sonatas 1682

Rosenmueller / Musica Fiata / Wilson
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777688   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ROSENMÜLLER Sonate à 2, 3, 4, è 5 Stromenti da Arco e altri, Op. 7 Roland Wilson, cond; Musica Fiata CPO 777 688-2 (67:59)


I almost set this disc aside after reading in its liner notes about these sonatas’ “strict harmonic functionality” and “formal stringency,” and that all the movements were “pure sonatas without dances.” Then I remembered that this was music published in 1682 towards the end of his life by Johann Rosenmüller, and that none of those Read more comments could be applied to any of his other instrumental works I’ve heard on various albums over the years. A listening reassured me: these pieces have numerous dance sections that continue to exist in larger fantasia-like structures, the movements have nothing to do with recognizable sonata forms, and both non-functional harmonies and elaborate chromaticism are rampant. Take the Sonata VII in D Minor, a typical work in many respects: a slow, highly chromatic four-voice fugue side-slips repeatedly into curious harmonic byways. It is followed by a movement that alternates variations of two series of ideas: a solemn recitative that develops pastorale rhythms upon its return and a highly lyrical, even tragic dimension; and a passage of fast, imitative textures that later take up rhythms associated with la battaglia movements. No strict harmonic functionality or formal stringency, here, and a good thing that is, too.


These are sonatas only in the primitive sense of works to be played, rather than sung. They fit more recognizably into the early baroque genre of the fantasia. Rosenmüller, who spent his best years in Venice in the 1660s and 1670s, picked up the highly theatrical contrasts, tonal instability, mutable forms, and chromatic expressiveness that were features of that musical environment. His own training as an organist and his lengthy experience as a choral director at the famed Ospedale della Pietà might also explain his love of elaborate contrapuntal display, especially movements of three-part imitative texture layered in such a way as to obscure meter and rhythm (the final movement of Sonata VI).


I had both positive and negative comments to make about trumpeter/cornett player Roland Wilson’s ensembles in reviewing their album last year of Giovanni Valentini’s Musiche Concertate ( Fanfare 35:5). His vocal group, La Capella Ducale, suffered from some blurred figurations and poor intonation. The orchestral side of things was in better hands with Musica Fiata, established as far back as 1976. Here we have only the latter, raised in numbers from nine to 12. This allows Wilson to vary textures more frequently, moving for example from the two violins with organ and chitarrone continuo in Sonata II, to the violin and dulcian with harpsichord and chittarone continuo in Sonata III. Nor is he above creative doubling, as well as switching out groups of soloists within each of two of the three sonatas à 5 on this album. The music is played here with a proper emphasis on its dramatic variety, contrapuntal refinement, and lyrical breadth. Some of the cornett passages are slightly smeared, as in the Sonata X, but the overall impression is of technical expertise and a well-disciplined ensemble.


The engineering favors a close, clear sound, without any of the Early Music Reverberating Cathedral effect that seems devised to hide flaws, and improve a paucity of tone. In short, highly recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata No. 9 à 5 in D major (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Sonata No. 5 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Sonata No. 12 à 5 in D minor (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Sonata No. 7 à 4 in D minor (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Sonata No. 6 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 2 in E minor by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 8 à 4 by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 3 à 2 by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 11 in A major by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Sonata No. 1 à 2 (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Sonata No. 4 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682) by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12.
Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 10 à 5 by Johann Rosenmüller
Conductor:  Roland Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Fiata
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Germanisches National museum, Nürnberg, 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 9 a 5 in D major
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 5 a 3 in D minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 12 a 5 in D minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 7 a 4 in A minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 6 a 3 in F major
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 2 a 2 in E minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 8 a 4 in B flat major
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 3 a 2 in A minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 11 a 5 in D major
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 1 a 2 in D minor
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 4 a 3 in C major
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 10 a 5 in F major

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