If you love everything that’s weird and wonderful about early violin music, these recordings are for you. Andrew Manze is surely the most knowledgeable and. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Violin Sonatas – Romanesca on AllMusic – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von BIBER () The Complete Violin Sonatas Igor Ruhadze (solo violin) Ensemble Violini Capricciosi rec. Westvestkerk.

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It contains seven partitas for two instruments and basso continuo: The first dates from c.

Vjolin instrumentation includes not only string ensembles, but also oboescornettstrumpetsand timpani. Donate and keep us afloat. He also excelled at counterpoint, frequently writing fully polyphonic textures, with much use of multiple stops.

Today, it is widely performed and recorded. The music is fearsomely difficult to play, uses scordatura, and forges structural details out of the sounds of a stretched-to-the-breaking-point violin and violinist in an biger compelling way.

Together they had 11 children, four of whom survived to adulthood. In the extant copy of the collection, each piece is accompanied by a small engraving depicting the mystery it portrays, while the image an ink drawing preceding the passacaglia depicts a guardian angel with a child.

Sonata 15 is famous biebr one of its themes, which matches the theme of Paganini ‘s Caprice No.

Biber Violin Sonatas Review. He seems to have been even more highly valued as a composer in his day though, and it’s thanks to the extraordinary music he wrote for the violin that we can build up a sonnatas picture of the heights to which he took the art of violin playing at that time.

It may not be my first choice, especially in the Rosary Sonatas. Steck ‘s readings are technically unimpeachable, and his feel for the role violin textures play in Biber ‘s music is enough to recommend this disc. He was also a prolific composer of sacred vocal works: The violin sonatas on this disc, from the xonatasare less conceptual in nature, but anyone who has heard and liked the Mystery Sonatas or any other music of Biber will find familiar territory here.


Biber was one of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument. The composer was married on 30 May at the Bishop’s summer residence, Hellbrunn Palacejust outside Salzburg.

Here it has been given a much slower reading, nearly one-fourth longer.

Breakfast BBC Radio 3. Among these are the Battaliaa programmatic “battle” piece which anticipates such latter-day techniques as polytonality and col legno playing, [12] and the Sonata representativaanother typical 17th-century piece similar to works by Walther and Farina, which imitates various birds and animals.

This is a useful set and one which I am happy to welcome onto my CD shelves. It adopts quicker tempi overall, but there is a greater sense of articulation between the differing sections and emotions of the sonatas.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Wikipedia

Biber remained in Salzburg for the rest of his life. Clips taken from original discs may contain strong language. Sonata Representativa has rightly become widely known, and here I do prefer Romanesca’s performance to Ruhadze’s. Views Read Edit View history. Follow us on Twitter. Some items to consider. It is not coincidental that most of the autograph compositions Biber sent to Kremsier date from the early s.

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Finally, manuscript sources include numerous other pieces: Andrew Manze is surely the most talented baroque violinist around today, and in his Six of the partitas require scordatura tunings, including those for viola and two violas d’amore; Biber utilises the full potential of the technique, including all sohatas for complex polyphony: This is a strong Biber release of interest to bjber Baroque enthusiast or violkn of virtuoso violin music.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Sinfonie Concertanti for two flutes and orchestra. Unlike most composers for the violin, Biber did not limit himself to music for the instrument. Missa quadragesimalis is a simple a cappella setting with only a continuo part provided for four voices, as is the Stabat Mater. Links Reviews available at www. You can also use this FreeFind but it is not so comprehensive.


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Biber’s violin music was possibly influenced, on one hand, by the Italian tradition of Marco Uccellini and Carlo Farinaand on the other, by the then-nascent German polyphonic tradition as exemplified by Johann Heinrich Schmelzerwho may have been Biber’s teacher. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Andrew Manze is surely the most knowledgeable and talented baroque violinist around today, and in his hands what he describes as Biber’s “unpredictability” and constant musical inventiveness magically spring to life.

Jacob Stainerstainerquartett. Austria’s Heinrich Ignaz von Biber was a brilliant, iconoclastic violinist and composer of the late seventeenth century, hardly known 25 years ago but now the recipient of attention from violinists and casual listeners alike. Retrieved from ” https: I am glad to say that, whilst it may not be my first choice in this fine music, Ruhadze does turn in a good performance, one which in many ways can be recommended.

The Sonata in D of Georg Muffat is a virtuoso German work of the same period, lacking the extreme qualities of the Biber but instructive by contrast.

If you love everything that’s weird and wonderful about early violin music, these recordings are for you.

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