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Violin Sonatas [Import]

H. Biber Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000665Z8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 1 in A major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 1), C. 138: (Praeludium)/Presto
2. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 1 in A major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 1), C. 138: Variatio/Finale
3. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 2 in D minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 2), C. 139
4. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 3 in F major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 3), C. 140: (Praeludium)/Aria e Variatio
5. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 3 in F major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 3), C. 140: Variatio
6. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 4 in D major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 4), C. 141: (Sonata)/Gigue
7. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 4 in D major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 4), C. 141: Adagio/Aria e Variatio/Finale
8. Passacaglia (Mystery Sonata), for violin solo in G minor, C. 105
9. Sonata violino solo representativa (Representatio Avium), for violin & continuo in A major, C. 146 (B. IV 184): Allegro
10. Sonata violino solo representativa (Representatio Avium), for violin & continuo in A major, C. 146 (B. IV 184): Nachtigal (Nightingal
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 5 in E minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 5), C. 142: (Praeludium)
2. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 5 in E minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 5), C. 142: Variatio/Presto
3. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 5 in E minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 5), C. 142: Aria e Variatio
4. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 6 in C minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 6), C. 143: (Sonata)/Passacagli
5. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 6 in C minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 6), C. 143: (Sonata)/Gavotte/(Finale)
6. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 7 in G minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 7), C. 144: (Sonata)/Aria
7. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 7 in G minor (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 7), C. 144: Adagio/Ciacona
8. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 8 in G major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 8), C. 145: (Sonata)/Aria/Sarabanda
9. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 8 in G major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 8), C. 145: Allegro/(Gigue)
10. Pastorella, sonata for violin & continuo in A major, C. 106
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! That's it. Just "Wow!" May 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber-let's agree among friends to simply call him Biber for short-was an Austrian (by way of Moravia) contemporary of Bach, Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi. Alleged to be the greatest violinist of his time, he rose in rank to become court composer to the Salzburg Cathedral, and clearly represented the high point of the Austrian Baroque. His ceremonial music-especially his Missa Salisburgensis and Missa Bruxellensis-was perhaps the match, in sonic splendor, of Handel's famous Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, but nonetheless distinctive enough that one would never confuse the two composers.

I must say that Biber is fast becoming a guilty pleasure of mine, and quite by accident. It was largely through the dropping of some "this is what I'm listening to" hints by a friend of mine that I thought I'd give him a try, starting first with the two masses noted above. These masses do require some more of my listening time before I feel comfortable in commenting on them. But I have no such problem with this remarkable collection of his 1681 Violin Sonatas.

I suppose I should have started with his more famous "Mystery" or "Rosary" Sonatas, but I must say that I am so taken in by the performance by Andrew Manze and his HIP (historically-informed performance) Romanesca group (with Nigel North on lute and therebo and John Toll on harpsichord and organ) in these 1681 Sonatas that I think I'll simply wait until Manze and Romanseca have their own release of the Mystery Sonatas. Yes, this double-CD recording is that good!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing I have ever heard! January 29, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
What do you hope for when you try out a CD by a composer you've never heard before? I read a review of this Biber CD that intrigued me, and I thought I'd give it a try, as a change of pace from the many Bach, Vivaldi and other Baroque CDs I have. I had a preconception that this CD would sound pretty much like Vivaldi, which is a good thing, and it would be nice to have. What I got instead was the most pleasant and astonishing surprise I've gotten in quite a while. This music is not like anything else I have ever heard! It has a sweeping unfettered style that is delightfully unpredictable, and it presents a tonal soundscape that I have simply never heard before. The music is in turns joyful, mysterious, and deeply poignant. If you're looking for something new, and you think you've heard it all, you should try this CD. Unless you have already heard Biber done well, you have truely never heard anything like this, and you will be very happy you got this CD! Also check out Holloway on this same music - equally amazing.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishingly beautiful January 20, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this is some of the most spiritually uplifting, astonishingly beautiful music ever. it literally takes you to a place of great ravishment and joy.
recording, perfomers, selection and above all the composer are sheer perfection.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Let's first give credit to the Austrian composer, HIF von Biber, for his most skillful, innovative and often-daring compositions here. Along with fellow-Austian Schmelzer's sonatas, these sonatas are musically-intriguing works and a marvelous contribution to the 17th-century virtuoso tradition that migrated north from Italy. Many of the sonatas are in the form of aria and variations. It is music worthy of deep exploration and appreciation. We are thankful for artists like Manze to help bring them to modern light.

Such difficult, fantasy-like compositions are the playground for only the most accomplished violinists such as Andrew Manze, who fully rises to the occasion here. Manze is famous for tackling such quirky and flamboyant 17th-century violin music with a most unique style and precision unlike any other performer. The highly-dramatic and gypsy-spirited fiddling that has made him famous is in full force in these Biber Sonatas - and nowhere more dramatic than in the most unusual "Sonata Representativa." This sonata grouping is as wild and unpredictable as they come and contains one short (1:06) but jaw-dropping virtuoso piece called the "Musketeer's March." Against a marvelously-performed and boldly-percussive continuo, Manze's powerful effects show us why he rules in this kind of music. It is extraordinary to hear - rhthymically-frenzied, fantastic and frenetic. Between the relentless rhythmic drive of North and Toll and Manze's astonishing, 'chromatic' slurrs and soaring riffs, this movement is one rightful reason for the "Manze craze."

The highlight of Mr. Manze's playing here (and in general) is most certainly his technical wizardry - throwing off effortless runs of demisemiquavers with great precision and rhythmic intensity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent but not my favourite November 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to decide what to write here.... This is an awesome recording, especially the Sonata Representativa, but I just don't like it as much as John Holloway's recording. That's the only thing wrong with it, Andrew Manze isn't John Holloway. I guess that isn't very helpful. It must be the organ/harpsichord combo on Holloway's recording that does it for me. The Sonata Representativa on this recording is easily the best I've ever heard though, no doubt about it. Very expressive & exciting. Romanesca is definitely to be commended for 'discovering' Biber; I'm sure much of the interest in Biber these days was initiated by this recording of Romanesca's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A smooth ride
This is a very good recording of the music. The sonatas have a smooth tone--which gives a sameness to the CD. This quality can be good for atmosphere or bad for dynamics. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Galfridus
5.0 out of 5 stars A Composer of the Middle Baroque Who Deserves Wide Recognition
I had been familiar with some of the masterful works for violin by Biber through a recording I have had, and have treasured for years, of the 15 Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Forrest Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Biber (pronounced beeber) was far ahead of his time
As a violinist and violist, I have played Biber in concert. His music was some of the most demanding of the baroque period. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars biber:violin sonatas
One of the best violin sonatas that I have heard in a long time. I will recommend to my friends
Published 18 months ago by neil r. dreibelbis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Top
Although I much prefer Reinhard Goebel's rendition of Biber's Mystery Sonatas to Andrew Manze's, Manze owns the composer's 1681 sonatas in this release. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. R. Trtek
4.0 out of 5 stars Great disc (and dare I say: would make excellent background music for...
Excellent disc! So glad to have found it. I only recently was introduced to Biber, and it was a thrill to find this particular set of recordings. I highly recommend this.
Published 22 months ago by Ellen Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastatingly powerful rock music
This is a great introduction to REAL classical music, as it was meant to be played--not on the page, but from the heart. Read more
Published on September 2, 2010 by A. W. Furches
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
This item is wontherful. Tempo, colour and texture are incredible perfect. You can hear how bow and string come throught these meticulous notes. Read more
Published on May 20, 2009 by Amanda Meliá De Alba
3.0 out of 5 stars Academic
Biber is probably one of the most inventive and lyrically expressive violin composer to have come out of the Early Baroque period and Austria. Read more
Published on October 12, 2005 by Octavius
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more, nothing less: Just eternal music !!!
If you like listening to Vivaldi or baroque music in general, please free to discover the truly beautiful works of Biber. Read more
Published on August 23, 2005 by Tassos GR
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