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Sonatas [Import]

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer , Georg Muffat , Charles Medlam , London Baroque Audio CD
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  • Performer: London Baroque
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Composer: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Muffat
  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0006MLT4I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major: Adagio
2. Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major: Allegro. Adagio. Allegro
3. Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major: Adagio
4. Sonata for 3 violins & continuo: Adagio
5. Sonata for 3 violins & continuo: Allegro
6. Sonata for 3 violins & continuo: Lent
7. Sonata for 3 violins & continuo: Allegro
8. Sonata a tre, for violin, 2 viole con organo & violone ('Lamentation'): Adagio
9. Sonata a tre, for violin, 2 viole con organo & violone ('Lamentation'): Allegro. Adagio
10. Sonata a tre, for violin, 2 viole con organo & violone ('Lamentation'): Adagio
11. Sonata for 2 violins & viola da gamba 'Lanterly': Allegro
12. Sonata for 2 violins & viola da gamba 'Lanterly': Sempre allegro
13. Duodena Selectarum Sonatorum No. 9, trio sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in A minor: Adagio. Allegro
14. Duodena Selectarum Sonatorum No. 9, trio sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in A minor: Allegro. Adagio. Allegro
15. Sonata for violin & continuo in D major: Adagio
16. Sonata for violin & continuo in D major: Allegro. Adagio. Allegro

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The classical recording industry has enjoyed a Golden Age of early and baroque music performance since the premature tragic death of David Munrow. This movement has been especially favorable to composers from the early baroque such as Corelli, Biber, Muffat, and Schmelzer, who all pioneered the violin sonata in the late 17th century, and has nurturerd a growing roster of performers and ensembles on period instruments. London Baroque pioneered this practice to the high level of refinement that is standard today, and I believe this CD may be their finest achievement on record. Another strong candidate would be their Charpentier recording, unfortunately NLA, but perhaps it will also be reissued someday at bargain price.

Dozens of recordings of early baroque violin sonatas by composers such as those mentioned above have been issued over the last 20 years, by performers with illustrious names such as Manze, Huggett, Goebel, and Biondi. However few of them stand as high as this magnificent recording from 1986. Rather than pursue the weary path of completeness, London Baroque selects some of the best work of these two composers and produces a set of performances that exhibit a rare blend of professional commitment, dedication to musical objectives, and personal enthusiasm.

Progressing more or less chronologically, we first enjoy the many varieties of expression typical of Schmelzer's sonatas, from the lachrymose Lament for Ferdinand to the bustling recreation in The Fencing School. Anybody familiar with the rapid alternations of mood and tempo associated with Biber's sonatas (e.g., his Battalia) will find that Schmelzer was an innovator of this dramatic style.
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