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Biber: Baroque Splendor: Missa Salisburgensis / Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations

Album Summary

>Riedl, Bartholomäus : Ein Langer und Schüner Aufzuz Fanfara
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Plaudite tympana, motet for 2 double choruses in 16 parts, double orchestra & double continuo, C. Ap
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Battalia for Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata Sancto Polycarpi à 9, for 8 trumpets, kettledrums & continuo in C major, C. 113
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Missa Salisburgensis, mass for 2 double choruses in 16 parts, double orchestra & double continuo, C.
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Biber's Missa Salisburgensis is the largest-scale work of sacred music from the Baroque period. It is an archetypical work of the Colossal Baroque, a poly-choral composition which took advantage of the multiple organs and various locations available for groups of singers and musicians to perform in the Salzburg Cathedral. It was likely composed for the 1682 celebrations that marked the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the Archbishopric of Salzburg. This stunning recording features Jordi Savall's ensembles at their best and fully reveals the splendor of this masterpiece.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015
This is Biber in gargantuan mode ... superbly recorded. Groups ranging from solo voices with a pair of recorders to the full ensemble complete with brass and drums are thrown across the huge spaces of the chapel with palpable excitement and thrilling effect. The reverberation lasts over five seconds, yet every detail in the small scale passages is crystal clear, and the sheer weight of the full forces is shattering.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
Savall marshals the music with a keen sensibility to momentum, balance and colour... [his] more organically natural acoustic makes for an easier overall listen [than the Koopman or McCreesh versions] while losing only a little in forthright splendour... [the Mass] makes its awesome point.

MusicWeb International, February 2016
The central work on the disc is the astonishing Missa Salisburgensis, but Savall surrounds this with a range of other works, choral and instrumental, that show this remarkable composer off to a dazzling degree. It's my greatest musical discovery of the year so far...It's very well sung but the effect when the voices, trumpets and drums all combine is breathtaking, and the engineers deserve credit for capturing it so faithfully...Overall, tremendous.

The Guardian, 10th September 2015
Savall rallies his ensembles to scale the exultant heights but still keeps things nimble; the full ensemble sound is warm, vibrant and spacious, while shapely solo voices make clear work of all that counterpoint...Savall is in his element [in Battalia], leading the dance with supple, graceful swing.

The Independent, 10th October 2015
An ingenious balancing act between solo voices, choirs and brass, particularly in the ensemble developments of the Gloria and the lengthy Credo, with its shift from angelic high voices to deep, sorrowful ones as the crucifixion weighs heavily.

The Telegraph, October 2015
[A] superb new recording ... The venue chosen for this recording - the Romanesque chapel of Cardona Castle in Catalonia - also possesses generous reverberation, but Savall knows how to capitalise on it, allowing the music to bloom and blaze but also to withdraw intimately into itself ... the overall impression of sumptuousness certainly lives up to the CD's Baroque Splendour title.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The booklet, as with most AliaVox releases, has an informative essay by Ernst Hintermaier and full texts and translations. In addition to two fanfares for trumpet ensemble, written in Salzburg by Bartholomao Riedl (c.1650-88), it is strange that AliaVox decided to fill out the recording by reissuing Savall's earlier recording of Biber's Battalia (Mar/Apr 2003). It strikes an unusually secular tone in the midst of the other sacred works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (01/14/2015-01/16/2015); The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (02/11/2002).



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>Riedl, Bartholomäus : Ein Langer und Schüner Aufzuz Fanfara :: Fanfara
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Notes: The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (01/14/2015-01/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Plaudite tympana, motet for 2 double choruses in 16 parts, double orchestra & double continuo, C. Ap
  • Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations
  • Notes: The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (01/14/2015-01/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1682-1696

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Battalia for Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1673

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata Sancto Polycarpi à 9, for 8 trumpets, kettledrums & continuo in C major, C. 113
  • Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations
  • Notes: The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (01/14/2015-01/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1673

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Missa Salisburgensis, mass for 2 double choruses in 16 parts, double orchestra & double continuo, C.
  • Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations
  • Notes: The Collegiate Cardona (Catalonia) (01/14/2015-01/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1682-1696