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Venezia 1625 / Maurice Steger, et al

Album Summary

>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 2 (Sonata seconda)
>Uccellini, Marco : Sinfonie boscareccie, Op.8
>Uccellini, Marco : Sonate, correnti et arie, Op. 4
>Uccellini, Marco : Aria [quinta] sopra la Bergamasca, for 2 violins & continuo (Sonate, arie et correnti, Op.3)
>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 3
>Storace, Bernardo : Selva di varie composizioni d'intavolatura per cimbalo ed organo
>Merula, Tarquinio : Chiacona (Ciacona), for 2 treble instruments & continuo (from Canzoni overo sonate ..., 1637)
>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 4
>Rossi, Salomone : Il quarto libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi e corrente
>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzone for 2 violins, violone & continuo no 17 ("La Monteverde") (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, libro terzo, Op. 12
>Piccinini, Alessandro : Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1
>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 6
>Uccellini, Marco : Sonata for violin & continuo "La Luciminia contenta" (from Op. 4)
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Notes & Reviews:

Venice, 1625: the city of the doges is one of the principal artistic centers of Europe. At the Cappella San Marco, a profoundly original style of instrumental music is in the process of discarding all reference to the tradition of vocal polyphony. The era of Baroque stravaganze has begun! Now, in the hands of Maurice Steger, a supreme master of the recorder, this ultra-virtuosic art acquires a new lease on life.

Works by Rossi, Uccellini, Fontana, Merula, Castello. Lively, exquisite works of the Italian Baroque for recorder and ensemble, a musical tour of 17th-century Venice.

Gramophone Magazine
Maurice Steger is a player of wonderful dexterity, and his colleagues are excellent.

The Telegraph
This was a period in which the violin was coming into its own, and much of this music was written for it. But Steger takes his cue from the fact that instrumental forces were frequently unspecified or interchangeable to give a recital of unalloyed joy.



Reviews

Fantasy, fun and flamboyance: Maurice Steger
The brilliant Swiss recorder player Maurice Steger draws on his dazzling virtuosity, his zephyr-like timbre and his range of expression to vivify a corpus of music that has so far remained relatively unexplored. A full century before Vivaldi stole the show in Venice, the city enjoyed a golden High Renaissance thanks to the presence of Giovanni Gabrieli and other composers who exploited new potential in sonority, endowing the repertoire with choral and instrumental works of startling originality and richness. Steger has investigated the legacy of his cultural blossoming to devise a program with 1625 as its focal point. Here we are in post-Renaissance realms of the early Baroque, where ancient and modern styles continued to coexist, but fantasy, fun and flamboyance were very much to the fore. These are qualities that Steger exemplifies in his choice of pieces and in his delightful way of performing them. Nor is he alone. He is complemented by a group of first-rate exponents who add a kaleidoscope of colours etched in by chitarrone, theorbo, harp, dulcian, guitar and a range of other Baroque instruments that help illuminate and animate the vim and vigour of this music. This was a period in which the violin was coming into its own, and much of this music was written for it. But Steger takes his cue from the fact that instrumental forces were frequently unspecified or interchangeable to give a recital of unalloyed joy. Rating ***** (highest rating) Geoffrey Norris
Submitted on 05/21/09 by Marco Estefan 
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>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 2 (Sonata seconda)
  • Performers: Péter Barczi (Violin); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Uccellini, Marco : Sinfonie boscareccie, Op.8
  • Performers: Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Éva Borhi (Violin); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Péter Barczi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Uccellini, Marco : Sonate, correnti et arie, Op. 4
  • Performers: Éva Borhi (Violin); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Péter Barczi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1645

>Uccellini, Marco : Aria [quinta] sopra la Bergamasca, for 2 violins & continuo (Sonate, arie et correnti, Op.3)
  • Performers: Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Éva Borhi (Violin); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Péter Barczi (Violin); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 3
  • Performers: Péter Barczi (Violin); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Storace, Bernardo : Selva di varie composizioni d'intavolatura per cimbalo ed organo
  • Performers: Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Maurice Steger (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Merula, Tarquinio : Chiacona (Ciacona), for 2 treble instruments & continuo (from Canzoni overo sonate ..., 1637)
  • Performers: Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Péter Barczi (Violin); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Éva Borhi (Violin); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 4
  • Performers: Éva Borhi (Violin); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Péter Barczi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Uccellini, Marco : Sinfonie boscareccie, Op.8
  • Performers: Éva Borhi (Violin); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Péter Barczi (Violin); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Sabrina Frey (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Rossi, Salomone : Il quarto libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi e corrente
  • Performers: Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Péter Barczi (Violin); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
  • Performers: Péter Barczi (Violin); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Mauro Valli (Cello); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Éva Borhi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1629

>Uccellini, Marco : Sinfonie boscareccie, Op.8
  • Performers: Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Mauro Valli (Cello); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Éva Borhi (Violin); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Péter Barczi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzone for 2 violins, violone & continuo no 17 ("La Monteverde") (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da
  • Performers: Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Péter Barczi (Violin); Mauro Valli (Cello); Éva Borhi (Violin); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, libro terzo, Op. 12
  • Performers: Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Péter Barczi (Violin); Lee Santana (Chitarrone); Mauro Valli (Cello); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Piccinini, Alessandro : Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1
  • Performers: Maurice Steger (Recorder); Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Fontana, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for solo violin no 6
  • Performers: Maurice Steger (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin); Péter Barczi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, libro terzo, Op. 12
  • Performers: Sabrina Frey (Recorder); Thomas Boysen (Theorbo); Éva Borhi (Violin); Mauro Valli (Cello); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Naoki Kitaya (Harpsichord); Naoki Kitaya (Organ); Stefan Temmingh (Recorder); Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); Péter Barczi (Violin); Sergio Ciomei (Organ); Sergio Ciomei (Harpsichord); Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Uccellini, Marco : Sonata for violin & continuo "La Luciminia contenta" (from Op. 4)
  • Performers: Péter Barczi (Violin); Maurice Steger (Recorder); Éva Borhi (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1645