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Biber: Mensa Sonora

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Biber: Mensa Sonora

Baroque BandGarry Clarke

  • CDR 90000 116
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    • I Sonata Grave – Allegro (1:15)

    • HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER (1644–1704)

      MENSA SONORA: Pars I in D major (8:42)

      I Sonata Grave – Allegro (1:15)

    • II Allamanda (1:53)

    • II Allamanda (1:53)

    • III Courante (0:54)

    • III Courante (0:54)

    • IV Sarabanda (1:18)

    • IV Sarabanda (1:18)

    • V Gavotte (0:56)

    • V Gavotte (0:56)

    • VI Gigue (1:42)

    • VI Gigue (1:42)

    • VII Sonatina Allegro (0:41)

    • VII Sonatina Allegro (0:41)

    • I Intrada Alla breve (0:58)

    • Pars II in F major (6:10)

      I Intrada Alla breve (0:58)

    • II Balletto Alla breve (1:26)

    • II Balletto Alla breve (1:26)

    • III Sarabanda (1:06)

    • III Sarabanda (1:06)

    • IV Balletto Alla breve (0:44)

    • IV Balletto Alla breve (0:44)

    • V Sarabanda (1:03)

    • V Sarabanda (1:03)

    • VI Balletto Alla breve (0:49)

    • VI Balletto Alla breve (0:49)

    • I Gagliarda Allegro (1:27)

    • Pars III in A minor (7:53)

      I Gagliarda Allegro (1:27)

    • II Sarabanda (1:23)

    • II Sarabanda (1:23)

    • III Aria (1:01)

    • III Aria (1:01)

    • IV Ciacona (3:08)

    • IV Ciacona (3:08)

    • V Sonatina Adagio – Presto (0:51)

    • V Sonatina Adagio – Presto (0:51)

    • I Sonata Grave – Allegro – Adagio (1:58)

    • Pars IV in B-flat major (8:57)

      I Sonata Grave – Allegro – Adagio (1:58)

    • II Allamanda (1:48)

    • II Allamanda (1:48)

    • III Courante (0:52)

    • III Courante (0:52)

    • IV Balletto (0:35)

    • IV Balletto (0:35)

    • V Sarabanda (1:12)

    • V Sarabanda (1:12)

    • VI Gigue Presto (1:22)

    • VI Gigue Presto (1:22)

    • VII Sonatina Adagio (1:07)

    • VII Sonatina Adagio (1:07)

    • I Intrada Allegro (1:08)

    • Pars V in E major (6:16)

      I Intrada Allegro (1:08)

    • II Balletto (0:45)

    • II Balletto (0:45)

    • III Trezza (0:41)

    • III Trezza (0:41)

    • IV Gigue (0:48)

    • IV Gigue (0:48)

    • V Gavotte Alla breve (0:58)

    • V Gavotte Alla breve (0:58)

    • VI Gigue (0:58)

    • VI Gigue (0:58)

    • VII Retirada (0:55)

    • VII Retirada (0:55)

    • I Sonata Adagio – Presto (1:07)

    • Pars VI in G minor (9:22)

      I Sonata Adagio – Presto (1:07)

    • II Aria (1:32)

    • II Aria (1:32)

    • III Canario Presto (0:49)

    • III Canario Presto (0:49)

    • IV Amener (0:52)

    • IV Amener (0:52)

    • V Trezza (1:10)

    • V Trezza (1:10)

    • VI Ciacona (3:12)

    • VI Ciacona (3:12)

    • VII Sonatina Adagio – Presto (0:34)

    • VII Sonatina Adagio – Presto (0:34)

    • I Sonata Allegro (1:54)

    • BATTALIA for Violin, Strings, and Basso Continuo in D major
      Baroque Band, Garry Clarke director

      I Sonata Allegro (1:54)

    • II Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor (0:48)

    • II Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor (0:48)

    • III Presto (0:27)

    • III Presto (0:27)

    • IV Der Mars (1:08)

    • IV Der Mars (1:08)

    • V Presto (1:04)

    • V Presto (1:04)

    • VI Aria (1:35)

    • VI Aria (1:35)

    • VII Die Schlacht (0:45)

    • VII Die Schlacht (0:45)

    • VIII Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer (1:06)

    • VIII Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer (1:06)

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Chicago's "stylish and exciting period-instrument group" (Chicago Tribune), Baroque Band presents works by Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. One of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument (the prominent 18th century music historian Charles Burney called Biber the best violin composer of the 17th century), Biber's Mensa Sonora (meaning 'Harmonious Table') was music composed for aristocratic dining, though it is anything but superficial background music. The disc closes with the 10-part Battalia for strings, which uses several unique devices for the time: hitting the strings with the wood of the bow, placing paper under the strings of the basses to imitate a snare drum, snap pizzicatos, and folk songs rendered simultaneously in several different keys to portray drunken soldiers.

Early music specialist Garry Clarke, hailed by the Oxford Times as "one of the finest exponents of baroque music in the [UK]," leads Baroque Band through the feats of virtuosity necessary to execute these exciting pieces. His Baroque pedigree (Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King's Consort, The Hanover Band, and the Scholars; plus work with Christopher Hogwood, John Elliot Gardener, and William Christie) led him to found and develop an ensemble with "an abundance of style, a crisp esprit de corps, and a palpable affection for its repertoire." (Chicago Tribune)

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 56:50

Producer: Jim Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Art Direction: Adam Fleishman - www.adamfleishman.com
Cover Painting: The Feast (oil on panel), Flemish School (17th Century), Musee Jourdain, Morez, France, The Bridgeman Art Library
Recorded June 9 and 10, 2008 (Mensa Sonora) and November 9, 2009 (Battalia) in Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, Illinois
Microphones: Schoeps MK21, Neumann KM130

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