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Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Barockes Welttheater: - Sonate e Balletti / Freiburg Baroque Consort

Audio Samples

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Serenata con altre arie
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen a 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata Amabilis a4
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Pastori e Ninfe
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a 2
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto primo di Spoglia di Papagi
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : La bella Pastora (no 41), for violin & ensemble
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Zeffiri
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a due Violini scordati
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata à 7 flauti

Album Summary

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Serenata con altre arie
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen a 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata Amabilis a4
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Pastori e Ninfe
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a 2
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto primo di Spoglia di Papagi
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : La bella Pastora (no 41), for violin & ensemble
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Zeffiri
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a due Violini scordati
>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata à 7 flauti
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Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
... Any listener will be charmed by the inventive interplay between the two solo violin voices, the graceful guitar accompaniments and the lively dance pieces... If you don't have any of Schmelzer's music in your collection already (and don't be ashamed if you don't because you are in considerable company), this is the perfect album with which to rectify that state of affairs. ... read more ...

On this fascinating disc, the Freiburger BarockConsort has chosen to illustrate the compositions of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer as elements in a "world theatre." This is an ideal concept for exploring the multiple facets of one of the great masters of 17th-century Austrian instrumental music, whose sonatas and dance suites had such influence both at the Habsburg court for which they were written and with the composers who followed in his footsteps (notably Biber).

"Johann Schmelzer's folk-influenced music is full of invention and easy charm and the superb Freiburger Barock Consort make it spring to life...the scuttering violins of the variations on "La bella pastora" hit an ideal baroque style, full of fire and fantasy." -The Observer

"Never heard of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer? Join a club of billions. But I defy you not to be enchanted by this recording...Beguiling duets for violins meld into scampering dances or delicate guitar pieces. Percussion embellishes the syncopations and all is played with grace, wit and energy. Such music must have made the Thirty Years War seem that bit shorter." -The Times

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is a lovely recording of some first-rate music by one of the great masters of the early German baroque (c. 1620-80). The sonatas and balletts on this program capture so well the spirit of the stile modern that one need look no further for better examples of the German Italianate style.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
I have no idea whether this will prove a breakthrough disc that leads more early-music ensembles in search of popular material to examine the enormous amount of similar music still preserved of Schmelzer - more than 150 edited and published ballet suites and 80 sonatas, with more in manuscript - but the sheer pleasure of the music and in these performances makes this release a delight. It is light Baroque entertainment at its most enchanting.

International Record Review, June 2012
The resourceful and originality of Johann Schmelzer's ceremonial and entertainment music must have astonished and delighted audiences in equal measure...The performances are accomplished and enjoyable, conveying a vivid sense of the kind of occasion for which this music would have been intended...If you're after something a little different, this Harmonia Mundi offering shouldn't disappoint.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paulussaal, Freiburg (05/2010).



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Works Details

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Serenata con altre arie
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Polish Bagpipes (Polnische Sackpfeiffen à 3), for 2 violins & continuo in G major
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1665

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata Amabilis a4
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Pastori e Ninfe
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata à 2
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto primo di Spoglia di Papagi
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sacro profanus Concentus Musicus no 4, sonata a 6
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1662

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : La bella Pastora (no 41), for violin & ensemble
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Balletto di Zeffiri
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata a due Violini scordati
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich : Sonata à 7 flauti
  • Ensemble: Freiburger BarockConsort
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque