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Schmelzer: Violin Sonatas Import


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  • Performer: Andrew Manze, John Toll, Romanesca
  • Composer: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007ES
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonata IV, From Sonatoe unarum fidium, 1664
2. Sonata V, From Sonatoe unarum fidium
3. Sonata VI, From Sonatoe unarum fidium
4. Sonata, 'Cucu'
5. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Der Turken Anmarsch
6. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Der Turken Belaegerung der Stadt Wien
7. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Der Turken sturmen
8. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Anmarsch der Christen
9. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Treffen der Christen
10. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Durchgang der Turnke
11. Sonata, 'Victori der Christen': Victori der Christen
12. Sonata I, From Sonatoe unarum fidium
13. Sonata II, From Sonatoe unarum fidium
14. Sonata III, From Sonatoe unarum fidium

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It's also the perfect CD to unwind with after a stressful day.
Karen G
Their instruments sound marvelous and are captured in a perfect balance with a superb sound quality from HM.
Alan Lekan
As a violin fanatic, I was very anxious to get my hands on this CD!
dolcissima2780

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Karen G on January 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recently I discovered Biber's Violin Sonatas performed by Romanesca. I was so impressed with that CD, I decided to find out what else Andrew and his friends had been up to. That is when I discovered this CD. This has turned out to be a double bonus. Not only is the performance by Romanesca outstanding, but also I found Schmelzer to be quite intriguing. Everything the previous reviewers have said is absolutely true. Schmelzer is beautiful, lyrical, haunting, and yes he does fall into the Godiva category. To quantify this, this is the perfect morning CD if you are looking to be eased into your day as opposed to breaking into it with Vivaldi. It's also the perfect CD to unwind with after a stressful day. It's so emotional you can't help but be pulled out of your universe forgetting all your daytime woes.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album dozens of times in the past -- it is one of the most lyrical, beautiful albums I've heard in several years. The music has passages of great virtuosity which Manze, one of the great violinists of our time, performs with utter confidence, but what makes the album enjoyable over and over again are the hauntingly sweet slow passages. These are songs deeply felt and deeply sung.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dolcissima2780 on October 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a violin fanatic, I was very anxious to get my hands on this CD! However, I was not expecting it to be as wonderful as it is! Manze's intonation and technique are flawless, as always, and his up-beat tempos in the fast sections make what the entire concert exciting. The slow movements are played with care and not "astringent" like some other period-instrument performances I have heard. Manze is not the only star on this recording: the entire Romanesca Ensemble is superb in balance and technique. Since I love Biber's Rosenkranz Sontatas, I was happy to see the arrangment on this disc. Schmelzer seems to pick up right where Biber left off, giving the sonata a fun and exhilerating Turkish concept. Here's to yet another disc that beautifully introduces us to a virtually unknown Baroque composer! Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Continuing Manze's quest towards lesser know baroque violin music, he has embarked upon a real gem. Schmelzer was probably the teacher of Biber, and his music is some of the most lyrical and beautiful writing that I have come across. The 'sonatae unum fidium' were the first violin sonatas published by a non-Italian composer - so they are also historicaly very important. You can hear through Schmelzer's music the basis on which much of Biber is founded - very much in the sonata idiom of the time - shortish passages in contrasting dance times, speeds, and styles. Of course they are played, as Manze plays everything, with ingenious interpretation, and lyrical beauty, and are carefull accompanient by Egarr etc.The sonata arranged from Biber's Rosary sonatas by Schmelzer's son is very interestingly performed, with much embellishment of a turkish style which suits the piece. A very good record, and well worth the money
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