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Birth of the Strings: Amati; Stainer, Stradivari / Julius Berger, cello; Rebekka Hartmann, violini

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  1. Ricercata prima $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Ricercata seconda $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Ricercata terza $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Ricercata quarta $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Ricercata quinta $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Ricercata sesta $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Ricercata settima $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Ricercata ottava $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Ricercata nona $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Ricercata decima $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Ricercata undecima $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Ricercata duodecima $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Ricercare for Solo Cello No. 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Sonata a 4 No. 4 in D Minor: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Sonata a 4 No. 4 in D Minor: II. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Sonata a 4 No. 4 in D Minor: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Sonata a 4 No. 4 in D Minor: IV. Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Sinfonia per archi in G Major: I. Allegro ma non tanto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Sinfonia per archi in G Major: II. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Sinfonia per archi in G Major: III. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Sinfonia per archi in G Major: IV. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K. 80: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  29. String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K. 80: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K. 80: III. Menuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K. 80: IV. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  32. String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, G. 159: I. Allegro comodo $0.99 on iTunes
  33. String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, G. 159: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  34. String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, G. 159: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  35. String Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4, Hob. III:22: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  36. String Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4, Hob. III:22: II. Menuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  37. String Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4, Hob. III:22: III. Cantabile: Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  38. String Quartet No. 11 in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 4, Hob. III:22: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Violin Suite in A Major: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Violin Suite in A Major: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Violin Suite in A Major: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Violin Suite in A Major: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Violin Suite in A Major: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Passacaglia in G Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Violin Sonata in A Minor: I. (Largo) $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Violin Sonata in A Minor: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Violin Sonata in A Minor: III. Giga: Variation $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Etude $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Fantasia in A Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Amusement pour le violon seul compose de plusieurs airs varies de differens auteurs, Op. 18: La Furstemberg $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata prima for cello, Op. 1/1
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata seconda for cello, Op. 1/2
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercar no 3 in F major, for cello
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata quarta for cello, Op. 1/4
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata quinta for cello, Op. 1/5
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata sesta for cello, Op. 1/6
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata settima for cello, Op. 1/7
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata ottava for cello, Op. 1/8
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata nona for cello, Op. 1/9
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercar no 10 in G minor, for cello
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata undecima for cello, Op. 1/11
>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata duodecima for cello, Op. 1/12
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 1 in G minor
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 2 in A minor
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 3 in D major
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 4 in E flat major
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 5 in C major
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 6 in G major
>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 7 in D minor
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
>Sammartini, Giovanni Battista : Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major ("Lodi"), K. 80 (K. 73f)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C minor, G. 159 (Op. 2/1)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 9 no 4/H 3 no 22
>Westhoff, Johann Paul von : Suite for Violin solo no 2 in A major
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
>Pisendel, Johann Georg : Sonata for solo violin in A minor
>Geminiani, Francesco : Art of Playing the Violin
>Matteis, Nicola : Fantasia for violin
>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Amusement pour le violon seul La Furstenberg
>Rust, Friedrich Wilhelm : Partite for violin in D minor
>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
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Notes & Reviews:

The invention of the violin, violoncello, viola, and later the double may arguably be equated with the birth of classical music as we know it today. These instruments irrevocably set out on their triumphal march through the world of music and have stayed the essence of classical music ever since then. This CD box contains an idea as ambitious as it is bafflingly simple: enabling the listener to hear an instrument that is the oldest of its kind playing the oldest known solo repertoire for that instrument. Includes: Birth of the Cello, Birth of the String Quartet, and Birth of the Violin.

Chicago Tribune
The concept is so simple that you wonder why nobody thought of it before: Some of the oldest-known string repertory from the Baroque and Classical eras is played on some of the oldest instruments of their kind. One disc is devoted to first recordings of violin works played by Rebekka Hartmann on historic Amati and Stradivari violins. A second offers Italian Baroque ricercari performed by Julius Berger on a 1566 Amati cello. The third, by the casalQuartett, examines the birth of the string quartet through works by Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries. Handsome packaging and recorded sound do credit to the stylish performances.



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>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata prima for cello, Op. 1/1
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata seconda for cello, Op. 1/2
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercar no 3 in F major, for cello
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata quarta for cello, Op. 1/4
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata quinta for cello, Op. 1/5
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata sesta for cello, Op. 1/6
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata settima for cello, Op. 1/7
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata ottava for cello, Op. 1/8
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata nona for cello, Op. 1/9
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercar no 10 in G minor, for cello
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata undecima for cello, Op. 1/11
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Degli Antoni, Giovanni B. : Ricercata duodecima for cello, Op. 1/12
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 1 in G minor
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 2 in A minor
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 3 in D major
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 4 in E flat major
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 5 in C major
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 6 in G major
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gabrielli, Domenico : Ricercar for cello solo no 7 in D minor
  • Performer: Julius Berger (Cello)
  • Notes: Alte Kirche Boswil (2007-05-28_2007-05-30&2007-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Sammartini, Giovanni Battista : Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major ("Lodi"), K. 80 (K. 73f)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1770

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C minor, G. 159 (Op. 2/1)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1761

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 9 no 4/H 3 no 22
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?1769-70

>Westhoff, Johann Paul von : Suite for Violin solo no 2 in A major
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1697

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1676

>Pisendel, Johann Georg : Sonata for solo violin in A minor
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Geminiani, Francesco : Art of Playing the Violin :: Etüde
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1751

>Matteis, Nicola : Fantasia for violin
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Guillemain, Louis-Gabriel : Amusement pour le violon seul La Furstenberg :: Amusement
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Rust, Friedrich Wilhelm : Partite for violin in D minor
  • Performer: Rebekka Hartmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Holzmühle, Seeshaupt (04/11/2011-04/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern