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Biber: Missa Christi Resurgentis [Import]

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber , Johann Heinrich Schmelzer , Andrew Manze , The English Concert , the Choir of the English Concert Audio CD
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  • Performer: the Choir of the English Concert
  • Orchestra: The English Concert
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Composer: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000A1JRY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fanfare No.4
2. Sonata
3. Kyrie
4. Gloria
5. Sonata A 6
6. Credo
7. Sonata XII
8. Sanctus
9. Sonata XI
10. Sgnus Dei
11. Fanfare No.1
12. Sonata I
13. Sonata V
14. Sonata III
15. Sonata VII

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 13-SEP-2005

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid achievement April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Andrew Manze has done much in recent years to popularize Biber's "other" music, i.e., pieces other than the justly-renowned Rosary Sonatas, and he scores another victory with this disc of a recently-rediscovered Mass setting.

When performed in a reverberant space, antiphonal music (like Biber's) can sometimes sound muddied or confused, as group clashes with group and line with line. Manze and his band avoid this pitfall, and keep the music intelligible while still using the spacious acoustic of London's Temple Church to create excitement at the climaxes. The instrumentalists are excellent; the singers are likewise, and blend nicely.

In addition to the Mass itself (tracks 2-4, 6, 8, 10) Manze gives us instrumental music that might have been used at an Easter Mass in Biber's Salzburg. I am particularly fond of the framing trumpet fanfares, and also of the sonata by Biber's contemporary Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, which has all the excitement of a piece by the Gabrielis with a delicious Austrian flavor.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bifurcated! 3/5 Rating! November 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This disk is frustrating. Half of it is superb, but half is nearly unbearable. It starts well enough, with a stunning trumpet fanfare, a piece of real music played gloriously. The trumpeters play with aplomb throughout, by the way, something not entirely expected from English trumpeters. The second track is a small masterpiece, a sonata , played and recorded excellently. Trouble strikes when the choirs begin the Kyrie. Choirs must be fiendishly hard to record, since so many of the big Biber masses available suffer from a harsh car-radio quality of sound from the voices. In this case, the seven instrumental sonatas are a joy to listen to, crisp and realistic in timbre, while all the choral movements sound as if they were recorded by telephone.

Biber's chamber music is quickly becoming standard repertoire for Baroque ensembles. It's sonorous, complex, virtuosic, and fresh to our ears partly because it's NEW, having been neglected for so long. This disk also includes a Schmelzer sonata of high musical quality. One of the reasons why Manze's English Consort sounds so elegant on this disk is that the instruments are tuned authentically 1/6 comma meantone, instead of the modern equal temperament. The result is dramatic purity of tuning in moments of consonance and piquancy of tuning in suspensions and chromaticisms. Even if you know nothing about matters of temperament, your ears will hear the difference.

Perhaps the mean temperament backfired, however, on the usually so-dependable English choristers. There are glaring problems of tuning in the choral movements of the mass, and even some of the soloists, especially the males, have difficulties of pitch that come across as harshness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Satisfacation July 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had listenned a few Biber's music, some are instrumnetal, ex mystery sonatas, die rosenkranz-sonaten, battalia,harmonia artificioso . some are vocal, requiem. Seldom I didn't like it. This time I try this Manze and the English Concert cooperate the Missa Christi Resurgentis, it is very impressive, and full colorful on instrument using, ex stringed and brass alternate with. You shouldn't treat it as a choir music.
Besides, manze served as both director and violin, he showed me another his skill. That's not what I saw in his playing on former CDs. It's worth trying, purchaing and collecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The other reviewers know a lot more about this CD than I do, and although the first three reviews are in a bit of disagreement, each is intelligent. This item was a gift from a friend who also knows more than me about this era and this style and the skill of these players. All I can say is that I enjoyed it a lot. While for me the instrumental parts will get more repeat play than the choral tracks, another listener might feel the opposite. This is my introduction to both the composer and to the artists, but I salute them all.
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