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Spicy: Exotic Music for Violin By Biber Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aria 1
  2. Aria 2
  3. Sarabande
  4. Courente
  5. Fechtschule
  6. Bader Aria
  7. Praeludium
  8. Aria E Variato 1-13
  9. Finale
  10. Allegro
  11. Nachtigal
  12. Cu Cu
  13. Fresch
  14. Adagio
  15. Die Henn, Der Hann
  16. Die Wachtel
  17. Die Katz
  18. Musquetir Mars
  19. Allemande
  20. Turcaria
  21. Passacaglia (Andante)
  22. Janitschara
  23. Posta Turcica
  24. Der Türken Anmarsch
  25. Der Türken Belagerung Der Stadt Wien
  26. Der Türken Stürmen
  27. Anmarsch Der Christen
  28. Treffen Der Christen
  29. Durchgang Der Türken
  30. Victori Der Christen
  31. Praeludium
  32. Allemande
  33. Amener
  34. Balletto
  35. Gigue
  36. Ciacona


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Harm Mundi
  • ASIN: B00E00GXT8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's no point in beating about the bush - this is a simply fabulous selection of baroque instrumental music from a brilliantly imaginative and talented young ensemble. Les Passions de l'Ame, under their violinist-director Meret Lüthi, are a Swiss-based early music group founded in 2008. Unless anyone else knows different, this appears to be their first recording - and it is absolutely superb.

Meret Lüthi and her eight colleagues have made a highly imaginative selection from the instrumental music of the distinguished mid-baroque school of Austrian court composers Biber, Schmelzer and JJF (I've named the latter composer by his initials JJF because, while his real surname spelt backwards was x-u-f, Amazon's automatic systems won't allow me to post a review containing his name spelt the right way round, even though his work is recorded on the CD!). The ensemble play on gorgeous-sounding historic instruments including violins and viola by Jacobus Stainer of circa 1660 as well as a variety of continuo instruments; and, what is more, they play them with panache, enjoyment and exceptional virtuosity.

The pieces chosen include such programmatic delights as Schmelzer's "Die Fechtschule" (the fencing school); Biber's "Sonata violino solo representativa" bringing us delightful imitations of nightingale, cuckoo, hen and cat among others; JJF's "Turcaria" and Schmelzer's "Die Türkenschlacht", the latter a clever adaptation of one of Biber's Rosary Sonatas. But for me, the most beautiful works here are in fact the two purely abstract Partias by Biber from "Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa"- firstly Partia VI, with its wonderfully catchy Aria and 13 variations, and lastly Partia III, concluding with a Ciacona fit to charm the pants off all lovers of that genre.
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