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Biber, Schmelzer: Sonatas / Freiburger Barockorchester


Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77348   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Heinrich SchmelzerHeinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The glowing incandescence of Austrian mid-baroque instrumental music could hardly be more effectively demonstrated than in the choice of repertoire and the performances on this disc. The harmonically sumptuous and tonally exotic programme is shared between the Vienna court musician, Schmelzer, and his younger Bohemian contemporary, Biber. . . . The menu has been thoughtfully chosen, capitalizing upon the vivid contrasts that exist at the two extremes, between the scintillating trumpet-dominated pieces by Biber, on the one hand, and Schmelzer’s affecting Sonata sopra la morte Ferdinand III on the other. Emperor Ferdinand was Schmelzer’s musically gifted employer, and his death in 1657 prompted . . . this outstandingly beautiful piece . . . Read more the most touching of Schmelzer’s three elegiac pieces assembled here, all of which however are harmonically distinctive and of sustained interest. . . . The Freiburg musicians seem to revel in the wonderfully varied sonorities inherent in Biber’s consort textures, responding sympathetically to the composer’s colourfully imaginative tonal palette. The sonatas with trumpet are likely to make instant appeal but it is the more sorrowful utterances of Schmelzer which make a deeper impression on my senses. A fine release." -- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata in B minor by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
2. Sonata in A minor by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
3. Sonata in D minor by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
4. Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1657; Austria 
5. Lamento in B flat major by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
6. Harmonia in B flat major by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
7. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 1 in D major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
8. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 4 in C major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
9. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 6 in F major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
10. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 7 in C major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
11. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 8 in G major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
12. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 10 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
13. Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 12 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 

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