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J.H. Schmelzer: Sacro-Profanus; Sonatas / Ens. Masques, Fortin

Audio Samples

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 3, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a 5 per camera al giorno delle correggie
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 6, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 7, sonata a 5
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto for strings & continuo in G ("Die Fechtschule")
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 5, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen a 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 9, sonata a 5
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 8, sonata a 5 in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major

Album Summary

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 3, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a 5 per camera al giorno delle correggie
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 6, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 7, sonata a 5
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto for strings & continuo in G ("Die Fechtschule")
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 5, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen a 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 9, sonata a 5
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 8, sonata a 5 in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With this first project for Zig-Zag Territories, the musicians of the Canadian ensemble Masques under the direction of the harpsichordist Olivier Fortin demonstrate their passion for Austrian Baroque composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Ensemble Masques offers sonatas for five and six instruments, alternating with character pieces like Die Fechtschule (an evocation of battle), Die Polnische Sackpfeiffe, and the famous Lamento sopra il morte Ferdinandi III. This varied program highlights the diversity and the Italian inspiration of Schmelzer's music.

Expedition Audio Recommended
All of the music from this collection is subdued in nature while the secular occasional pieces are much livelier... Schmelzer's music is very unique, and Ensemble Masques' program provides quite a varied selection of it. It's all beautifully played and recorded. If you don't yet have a Schmelzer section in your collection, you might want to consider starting one with this fine Zig-Zag production. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The program includes seven sonatas from Schmelzer's Sacro-Profanus Concentus Musicus (1662), together with four other programmatic sonatas. These young artists play beautifully. Their tone is crisp, harmonious, and stylishly ornamental. They never really abandon themselves to the wild changes of affect in Schmelzer's music. Their performance is understated. The subtle approach obtains also in the Polnische Sackpfeiffen, with its haunting unison passages. Wonderful playing; notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012).



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Works Details

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1662

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 3, sonata a 6
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a 5 per camera al giorno delle correggie
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 6, sonata a 6
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 7, sonata a 5
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto for strings & continuo in G ("Die Fechtschule")
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1668

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 5, sonata a 6
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen à 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1665

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 9, sonata a 5
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro-profanus Concentus Musicus no 8, sonata a 5 in G major
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Lamento per la morte Ferdinandi III, sonata for 2 violins, viola da gamba & continuo in B major
  • Conductor: Olivier Fortin
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Masques (Classical)
  • Notes: Eglise Saint-Laurent, Laval-en-Brie, France (09/11/2012-09/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1657