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Biber: Battalia / Locke: The Tempest / Zelenka: Fanfare / Il Giardino Armonico

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber , Matthew Locke , Jan Dismas Zelenka , Il Giardino Armonico Audio CD
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  • Performer: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Matthew Locke, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Il Giardino Armonico
  • Audio CD (February 2, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00000HZOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Jan Dismas Zelenka - Fanfare in D major
2. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Von Biber : Battalia: Sonata: Allegro
3. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: Die liederliche Gesellsschaft von allerley Humor
4. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: Presto
5. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: The march (violin I solo)
6. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: Presto
7. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: Aria
8. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: The battle
9. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Battalia: Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer (Adagio)
10. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Passacaglia in C minor
11. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Tune for the woodlark (anonymous)
12. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: Allegro
13. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: The nightingale
14. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: The cuckoo
15. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: The frog
16. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: Adagio
17. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: The hen & the cock
18. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: Presto
19. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: Adagio: The quail
20. Zelenka: Fanfare In D Major: Sonata Violino solo representativa: The cat
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Editorial Reviews

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Although Biber's Battalia and Matthew Locke's The Tempest get co-billing here, Jan Dismas Zelenka's Fanfare in D Major, which opens the CD with a burst of brass from the Trumpet Consort of Innsbruck, is far more than a coupling or filler. The entire CD, most of which is played by Milan's foremost young Baroque ensemble, Il Giardino Armonico, was planned as a dramatic course, and Zelenka's Fanfare is key to the internal drama. Biber's Battalia follows as a 10-minute episode amid others, with its opening sonata making a sort of subfanfare for a catalog of styles that maximize Baroque contrasts and violin-laden vividness. An anonymously composed 20-second "Tune for the Woodlark" interjects a bucolic touch, and Giardino Armonico's Enrico Onofri composes a two-minute Ricercare to segue into Biber's telescoped Partia VII in C Minor, which dolorously indulges shape-shifting, blood-warm viola d'amores, and bass. Locke's emotionally ambivalent music for The Tempest comprises the CD's final 20 minutes, tackling dramatic complexity with jumping violin colors and a bass grounding that keeps the floor moving. --Andrew Bartlett

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars breathing new life into old works February 17, 2001
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Il Giardino Armonico are, by now, renowned for their flashy, energetic approach to baroque music, and it is a well-deserved label. Two of these pieces have been better recorded elsewhere, however. Andrew Manze's recording of "Die Katz" on Harmonia Mundi is far superior to Onofri's rendition. Manze captures the programmatic essence of this solo violin sonata, glissandos cleverly mimicking the cat's meow. Onofri rushes through it in another show of his talent that, sadly, lacks consideration. Listen to the two different versions and you'll hear what I mean.
The Battalia a 10, an extraordinary and marvelous work from 1673, is oddly doctored up by Il Giardino Armonico. The joyous presto following "the dissolute revels of the musketeers" (a dissonant cacophony of folk songs) is cut tragically short. The next section, "the march," features an excellent fife and drum imitation by the violin and bass (with paper in the strings to make it buzz). The group chose to record this part as if they are marching by the listener, the results of which mean reduced clarity where it would otherwise be most welcome. I appreciate the motivations behind this but the result is less than pleasing. For a superior rendition of the Battalia look for Philip Pickett and the New London Consort's recording of Biber's Requiem in F minor on L'Oiseau-Lyre. This is one of my favorie pieces of music and while I love Il Giardino Armonico they don't give it the reading it deserves.
On the plus side, there's a lot of other great music here, including the Partita for two violas d'amore which sounds incredible. Here the group surpasses Jeanne Lamon's Tafelmusik, who don't come anywhere near Il Giardino Armonico's rich texture of sound with their Sony release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biber a Great Find June 1, 2009
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Although I was a music major, I had never heard of von Biber until my husband bought me a CD of his choral music. I returned the favor with "Battalia" for his birthday and it's a great example of earlier Baroque. It's well worth having in any Baroque lover's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording February 19, 2000
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Thuis recording is an absolutly fantastic buy, the freshness, and vitality which il giradino armonico employ in their interpretation is not only extreemly exciting to listen to, but also works very very well, i think that the hightlight of the whole cd is the sonata representativa, which has a freshness and gypsy-style of violin playing that I have never heard before. A truly excellant recording.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording and Great performance August 13, 1999
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There are many baroque specialists, but Il Giardino Armonico is special among them. Their interpretation is aggresive or unfamiliar when you listen to this recording first. As you listen to it repeatedly, you can know that their performance is great and gives us new point of this work
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If you are one of those with an extremely sensitive spirit, you should enjoy this master work. You'll never be closer to God.
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