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Habsburg Violin Music - Works by Bonaventura Viviani, Johann Teubner, Antonio Bertali, Johann Schnelzer, Ruptert Mayr & Heinrich Biber / Gunar Letzbor, violin; Ars Antique Austria

Album Summary

>Viviani, Giovanni B. : Sonata for violin & continuo no 90 in A minor
>Teubner, Johann Caspar : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 88)
>Bertali, Antonio : Capriccio for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 97)
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata for violin & continuo (attributed; Wiener Minoritenkonvent, Manuscript XIV 726
>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 67)
>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 78)
>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 102)
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo no 6 in C minor (Sonatae Violino Solo no 6), C. 143
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo no 3 in F major (Sonatae Violino Solo no 3), C. 140
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Notes & Reviews:

The violinist Gunar Letzbor is an established specialist in performing Austrian baroque music; in particular, he has especially intensively grappled with works of Biber, Muffat and Schmelzer, to name three examples. In so doing, he is constantly searching for a specifically Austrian baroque string sound. Manuscript XIV 726 of the Minoritenkonvent in Vienna is one of the most important sources of Austrian baroque music. From the over hundred sonatas contained in it, Gunar Letzbor has compiled the series "ex Vienna" consisting of three programs which shed light on various aspects of Austrian violin music. On this, the third and final CD of the series - Accordato - Gunar Letzbor has recorded violin works that are attributed to a particular author and that do not require any detuning of the violin (scordatura). A violin school north of the Alps was founded by Schmelzer, Bertali and Biber that was of a far higher standard, in many respects, than was found elsewhere in the world. They used the high range on the fingerboard almost as a matter of course; players experimented with special bowings and delighted in polyphonic playing on the violin. These musicians conceived tone painting and especially loved rapid playing that could make a strong artistic impression on the listeners.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/2015).



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Works Details

>Viviani, Giovanni B. : Sonata for violin & continuo no 90 in A minor
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Teubner, Johann Caspar : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 88)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Capriccio for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 97)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata for violin & continuo (attributed; Wiener Minoritenkonvent, Manuscript XIV 726 :: no 80)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 67)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 78)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mayr, Ruprecht Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo (Minoritenkonvent MS XIV 726, Sonata no 102)
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo no 6 in C minor (Sonatae Violino Solo no 6), C. 143
  • Performer: Gunar Letzbor (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Sonata for violin & continuo no 3 in F major (Sonatae Violino Solo no 3), C. 140
  • Performers: Gunar Letzbor (Violin); Daniel Oman (Colascione)
  • Ensemble: Ars Antiqua Austria
  • Notes: Augustinerstift St. Florian, Altomontesaal, Austria (02/11/2015-02/14/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681