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Virtuoso in the Making
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In the second half of the 17th century, a handful of virtuosos established a clear Austro-German supremacy of the violin over its birthplace, Italy.   Amongst them Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber stands out both as composer and as violinist.   History has done him justice: he is today more popular then ever.   His life is well documented, and his major instrumental collections are widely published and recorded.   His formative years, however, are merely speculated upon, and they are the focal point of this recording.

© Kati Debretzeni 2002

Kati Debretzeni (violin) ~ Penelope Spencer (violin)
Alison McGillivray (viola da gamba & violone)
Adam Wolf (trombone)
Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo & baroque lute)
Robert Howarth (harpsichord & organ)

  1. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [5.05]
      PASTORELLA (Minoritenkonvent, Vienna)

  2. - 3. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [4.48 / 6.32]
      SONATA IN E MAJOR (Minoritenkonvent, Vienna)
      2. (Adagio)   3. (Aria & Variatio, Adagio)

  4. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (poss. A. Bertali)     [6.34]
      SONATA À 3, PER 2 VIOLINI E TROMBONE (Archiepiscopal Archives, Kromeriz)

  5. - 6. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [4.36 / 2.14]
      FANTASIA (Minoritenkonvent, Vienna)
      5. Fantasia 6. Gigue & Variatio, Minuet

  7. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [7.34]
      PASSACAGLIA FOR SOLO LUTE, arr. Ferdinand Fischer (Kremsmünster Archives)

  8. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer     [4.02]
      PASTORELLA À 2 VIOLINI (Recueil de Rost)

  9. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [12.51]
      SONATA IN C MINOR (Minoritenkonvent, Vienna)

10. - 11. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber     [5.32 / 7.25]
      SONATA IN A MAJOR (Archiepiscopal Archives, Kromeriz)
      10. (Adagio)/Presto 11. Aria e Variatio

      Recorded at National Centre for Early Music, York 13-15 February 2002

      Total time 67.51

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