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Biber: Violin Sonatas / Manze, North, Toll, Romanesca

Biber / Romanesca
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 507344  
Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Nigel NorthAndrew ManzeJohn 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


Romanesca...is simply stunning; virtuosity so effortless as to be unnoticeable and a sense of capricious fantasy so vital to the convincing projection of such highly personal music, veering from mind-blowing complexity to artless simplicity, often in the space of a few seconds. - BBC Music Magazine


Andrew Manze plays violins by Joseph Gagliano, Naples, 1783 and Hieronymus Amati, Cremona, 1663; bows by Gerhard Landwehr, Heemstede, 1986. This title was released for the first time in 1994.
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Works on This Recording

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

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 1: I. (Praeludium) - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 1: II. Variatio - Finale
Violin Sonata No. 2: (Praeludium) - Aria e Variatio - Finale
Violin Sonata No. 3: I. (Praeludium) - Aria e Variatio
Violin Sonata No. 3: II. Variatio
Violin Sonata No. 4: I. (Sonata) - Gigue
Violin Sonata No. 4: II. Adagio - Aria e Variatio - Finale
Passacaglia for solo lute
Sonata Representativa: I. Allegro
Sonata Representativa: II. Nachtigal (Nightingale)
Sonata Representativa: III. CuCu (Cuckoo)
Sonata Representativa: IV. Fresch (Frog)
Sonata Representativa: V. Die Henn & Der Hann (Cock & Hen)
Sonata Representativa: VI. Die Wachtel (Quail)
Sonata Representativa: VII. Die Katz (Cat)
Sonata Representativa: VIII. Musqetir Mars (Musketeer's March)
Sonata Representativa: IX. Allemande
Violin Sonata No. 5: I. Praeludium
Violin Sonata No. 5: II. Variatio - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 5: III. Aria e Variatio
Violin Sonata No. 6: I. (Sonata) - Passacagli
Violin Sonata No. 6: II. (Sonata) - Gavotte - (Finale)
Violin Sonata No. 7: I. (Sonata) - Aria
Violin Sonata No. 7: II. Adagio - Ciacona
Violin Sonata No. 8: I. (Sonata) - Aria - Sarabanda
Violin Sonata No. 8: II. Allegro - (Gigue)
Sonata "La Pastorella"
Passagalia for solo violin

Customer Reviews

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 Brilliant September 11, 2012 By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) See All My Reviews "It is difficult to find enough praiseworthy adjectives to celbrate this wonderful CD. Consider, and consider strongly, purchasing these Biber Sonatas to expand your own delight and edification." Report Abuse
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