Johann Rosenmuller: Sonatas for 2, 3, 4 & 5 instruments / Ensemble Masques

Album Summary

>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 10 a 5 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 9 a 5 in D major (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 8 a 4 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 1 a 2 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 7 a 4 in D minor (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 6 a 3 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 4 a 3 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 5 a 3 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 3 a 2 (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 11 a 5 in A major (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 2 a 2 in A minor (Nurnberg 1682)
>Rosenmüller, Johann : Sonata no 12 a 5 in D minor (Nurnberg 1682)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It was during the 25 years Rosenmüller (1617-1684) spent in Venice that he wrote the most personal and expressive of his instrumental music, which was tinged by Italian sensuality. The 12 Sonate a 2, 3, 4 è 5 stromenti, da arco & altri, which Rosenmüller had almost certainly composed in Venice, constitute the most accomplished of his music.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Considered by some scholars to be "the greatest master of German instrumental music before Bach and Handel" (musicologist Kurt Gudewill), the Sonate a 2, 3, 4 e 5 stromenti of 1682 on this ATMA Classique album are considered the crowning achievement of [Johann Rosenmüller's] instrumental output. They are also deemed the most successful fusion of German and Italian styles of the early baroque... ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The larger, five-part works, played here by two violins, viola, bass viol, violone, and continuo, naturally offer the greatest variety. Sonata 12 in A is a perfect example. The Montreal-based Ensemble Masques handles this material easily and with a spirit of delight. They exhibit so many shades of emotion that it is clear they can basically play however they want - crisp and bright. This kind of harmony requires teamwork. Tuomo Suni is particularly worthy of mention. Notes are in English.

MusicWeb International, 5th August 2013
The performance by the Ensemble Masques reflects the practice of playing such music in domestic surroundings and the private rooms of aristocrats. A performance with wind could well have taken place at public occasions. In this scoring they take on the character of representational music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (11/2011).



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>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 10 à 5 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 9 à 5 in D major (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 8 à 4 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 1 à 2 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 7 à 4 in D minor (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 6 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 4 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 5 à 3 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 3 à 2 (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 11 à 5 in A major (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 2 à 2 in A minor (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1682

>Johann Rosenmüller (1619 - 1684) : Sonata no 12 à 5 in D minor (Nürnberg 1682)
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque