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The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Germany


International Record Review: outstanding.

On two previous discs, London Baroque has explored the genre of the trio sonatas as it unfolded in 17th Century France and England. Both these issues have met with great acclaim: the English volume being described in Goldberg Magazine as ‘A programme of outstanding music ... A gem of a disc’, while the French issue received top marks on German website Klassik Heute, with the following words: ‘Everything that one might possibly wish for in a performance of this music is present here: charm, elegance, eloquence, force, flexibility, fire, intimacy, and the most important: soul.’ The ensemble has now arrived in Germany, or more correctly: the German-speaking world of the time, as the programme also features works from the Low Countries and Austria. The great masters of the period, Buxtehude (whose large output only includes a limited number of trio sonatas) and Biber – with one of the sonatas from the collection Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa – are both among the ten composers represented here. But included are also other, less well-known names, such as Johann Schmelzer, the son of a baker in Nether Austria who rose to become the first non-Italian Kapellmeister at the Imperial court in Vienna. Another intriguing life-story is that of Johann Rosenmüller, a predecessor of Bach as church musician at the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, who after a scandal involving some choirboys fled to Venice where he found employment as trombonist at St Mark's. The great variety of styles and forms found on the disc fully reflect this diversity among the composers, while also serving to remind the listener of the fact that the trio sonata genre was just becoming established during the period.
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Vierdanck, Johann
  Suite in A major 07:51
01 Pavan 04:22 $ 0.92 USD
02 Gagliarda 01:40 $ 0.35 USD
03 Ballo 00:56 $ 0.20 USD
04 Correnta 00:53 $ 0.19 USD
 
 
  Composer: Kempis, Nicolaus a
  Symphonia No.2 ‘Dolorosa’
05 Symphonia No.2 ‘Dolorosa’ 04:47 $ 1.00 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schmelzer, Johann
  Lanterly (Sonate a 3)
06 Lanterly (Sonate a 3) 05:35 $ 1.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Becker, Dietrich
  Sonata No.26 in A major
07 Sonata No.26 in A major 04:13 $ 0.89 USD
 
 
  Composer: Rosenmuller, Johann
  Sonata in E minor 08:15
08 Grave 01:19 $ 0.28 USD
09 Largo 01:30 $ 0.32 USD
10 Adagio 01:37 $ 0.34 USD
11 Adagio 02:03 $ 0.43 USD
12 Largo 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Weckmann, Matthias
  Sonata in G major
13 Sonata in G major 03:28 $ 0.73 USD
 
 
  Composer: Hacquart, Carolus
  Sonata No.6 in D minor 10:51
14 Allegro moderato – Meno mosso – Chorale (Tranquillo) 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
15 Adagio 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
16 Adagio 01:37 $ 0.34 USD
17 Adagio 01:53 $ 0.40 USD
18 Grave – Allegro 00:43 $ 0.15 USD
19 Canzona. Vivace – Adagio 02:17 $ 0.48 USD
20 Aria. Vivace 01:11 $ 0.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Buxtehude, Dietrich
  Trio Sonata in G major 09:04
21 Allegro moderato – Meno mosso – Chorale (Tranquillo) 01:57 $ 0.41 USD
22 Adagio – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro 01:58 $ 0.41 USD
23 Adagio 00:34 $ 0.12 USD
24 Allegro 01:52 $ 0.39 USD
25 Adagio – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro 02:43 $ 0.57 USD
 
 
  Composer: Kerll, Johann Kaspar
  Trio Sonata in F major
26 Trio Sonata in F major 06:03 $ 1.27 USD
 
 
  Composer: Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
  Partita No.6 in D major 11:28
27 Praeludium (Adagio – Allegro) 02:47 $ 0.58 USD
28 Aria and variations 07:18 $ 1.53 USD
29 Finale (Adagio – Allegro) 01:23 $ 0.29 USD
 
  Album total 71:35
EnsembleLondon Baroque
ComposerBecker, Dietrich
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Hacquart, Carolus
Kempis, Nicolaus a
Kerll, Johann Kaspar
Rosenmuller, Johann
Schmelzer, Johann
Vierdanck, Johann
Weckmann, Matthias

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