If you love everything that’s weird and wonderful about early violin music, these recordings are for you. Andrew Manze is surely the most knowledgeable and. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Violin Sonatas – Romanesca on AllMusic – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BIBER () The Complete Violin Sonatas Igor Ruhadze (solo violin) Ensemble Violini Capricciosi rec. Westvestkerk.

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The sonatas were dedicated to Maximilian Gandolph von Khuenburg, whom Biber addresses in the preface: Igor Sonatqs, on the other hand, offers what could be described as a safe performance. For out and out eccentricity, though, the Sonata Representativa wins hands down, with its incredible creature impersonations including an amazing violinistic impression of a cat meouwing and a Musketeer’s March which Manze and company capture with an abandoned mixture of Eastern exoticism and more than a hint of blue grass!

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Wikipedia

Discs three and four of this set are occupied by the Sonatae violino soloa collection of eight sonatas composed in Salzburg around An expansive setting of the mass for sixteen voices and 37 instrumentalists i. Today, it is widely performed and recorded. Manze rounds off this lovely recording with Biber’s towering polyphonic Passacaglia for solo violin – a more serious note which seems a fitting tribute to the enduring musicianship of John Toll who died last summer.

List of works [13]. The Mass of Saint Henry is scored for a five-voice choir with two soprano lines and an orchestra of two violins, three violastwo trumpets, timpani and continuo, with optional extra trumpets and sackbuts to double the voice parts.

Biber: Violin Sonatas, by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber on Spotify

Andrew Manze is surely the most knowledgeable and talented baroque violinist around today, and in his hands what he describes as Biber’s “unpredictability” and constant musical inventiveness magically spring to life. It contains seven bibrr for two instruments and basso continuo: Not only a composer but also a virtuoso, Biber is seen as an important figure in the development of the modern technique of violin playing.


Andrew Manze is surely the most talented baroque violinist around today, and in his The music is fearsomely difficult to play, uses scordatura, and forges structural details out of the violon of a stretched-to-the-breaking-point violin and violinist in an extremely compelling way.

Please help improve this article by adding citations bibed reliable sources. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Biber remained in Salzburg for the rest of his life. His technique allowed him to easily reach the 6th and 7th positionsemploy multiple stops in intricate polyphonic passages, and explore the various possibilities of scordatura tuning.

It is not coincidental that most of the autograph compositions Biber sent to Kremsier date from the early s. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. In the extant copy of the collection, each piece is accompanied by a small engraving depicting the mystery it portrays, while the image an ink drawing preceding the passacaglia depicts a guardian angel with a child.

Although Biber is best known for the massive polychoral works, he was also capable of writing for smaller forces. Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra.

His musical and social careers flourished: The notes, as well as the ideas, flow like water in these kaleidoscopic works, but also show that Biber was capable of music of great beauty and reflection as well as virtuosity. The sonatas, composed aroundwere not published until sonatad, although they were well known before their publication due to their technical demands. Retrieved from ” https: See what you will get.

Biber apparently enjoyed a good reputation, and his violin playing skills were very highly regarded. Biber’s violin music was possibly influenced, on one hand, by the Italian tradition of Marco Uccellini and Carlo Farinaand on the other, by the then-nascent German polyphonic tradition as exemplified by Johann Heinrich Schmelzerwho may have been Biber’s teacher.

It’s a real meeting of minds. I sonstas well the second sonata of the four, La Pastorella, which appears on the Romanesca set. Soantas seems to have been even more highly valued as a composer in his day though, and it’s thanks to the extraordinary music he wrote for the violin that we can build up a vivid picture of the heights to which he took the art of violin playing at that time.


He left the latter position without permission and settled in Salzburg, where he would remain until his death and publish his best known works.

Biber: Violin Sonatas

Sonata Representativa has rightly become widely known, and here I do prefer Romanesca’s performance to Ruhadze’s. It is a collection of fifteen sonatas divided into three sections. The final piece The Guardian Angel takes the form, and sometimes the title, of a Passagalia. This is a strong Biber release of interest to any Baroque enthusiast or lover of virtuoso violin music. This article needs additional violiin for verification.

No other chamber works by Biber use such devices, and the only other pieces to use scordatura are two of the sonatas included in Sonatae violino solo of Bertali wrote a number of similar sonatas for exactly the same scoring. The Sonata in D of Georg Muffat is a virtuoso German work of the same period, lacking the extreme qualities of the Biber but instructive by contrast.

All in all, these CDs offer a wonderful trip around the world of Baroque music and ideas, in all their diversity, and are a real treasure. To me, this helps emphasise the pastoral element of the music.

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The sad fact that much of Biber’s music is still oddly overlooked makes this excellent 2-CD set by Romanesca a welcome treat, particularly as it features all eight of Biber’s violin sonatas from recorded in their entirety for the first time.

Bber has been suggested that this could have been intended for inclusion, and possibly even was the first draft of that sonata. Some items to consider.