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Label:
  CPO - http://www.cpo.de/
Serial:
  777 124-2
Title:
  Biber: Violin Sonatas - Steck/Perl/Rieger/Santana
Description:
  Heinrich Ignaz Biber: Violin Sonatas from the Kremsier Archive, Muffat: Sonata in D

Anton Steck
Hille Perl
Lee Santana
Christian Rieger
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Genre:
  Classical - Chamber
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
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Reviews: 2

Review by miguelito54 February 4, 2008 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Biber was one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his time, famous for his cycle "The Mystery Sonatas", one of the most difficult works of the baroque violin repertoire.
The sonatas presented here from the Archive of Kresier castle are more proof of his mastery of the violin; Anton Steck is mentally and technically equipped to deliver them with ease and elegance without making the music sound just difficult. It is performed with joy of expression, assisted by some of the best continuo players one could wish for.
The icing on the cake is Georg Muffat's single solo sonata, rarely played as no other solo sonat of this great composer has survived, but it is, as Steck writes, a work of great maturity and an equal match to Biber's - the latter achieved to beat Muffat in their comptetion for the post at Salzburg Cathedral.
The sound is excellent, although I would have preferred a slightly brighter and closer recording.

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Review by JJ June 5, 2007 (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Faut-il encore présenter Biber, ce génial violoniste qui naquit en 1644 en ex Tchécoslovaquie et qui devint le virtuose le plus en vogue de son temps ? Ce compositeur faisant son apprentissage à Vienne, avant de faire partie de la chapelle de l'archevêque de Salzbourg ? Faut-il encore présenter Heinrich Ignaz Biber et ses remarquables sonates pour violon ? Laissons plutôt la parole à Denis Arnold : "Biber utilisait volontiers des positions élevées, de nouvelles techniques d'archet, des cordes multiples et des accords inusités pour produire une illusion de contrepoint, se faisant ainsi le précurseur de Jean-Sébastien Bach". Avec un programme regroupant les sonates pour violon des archives Kremsier, le violoniste Anton Steck prête son archet virtuose à des œuvres d'une grande diversité. Accompagné par Christian Rieger au clavecin et à l'orgue, Lee Santana au luth et Hill Perl à la viole de gambe, il parvient à donner vie à chaque notes, édifiant ainsi un discours fait de dialogues et de pensées intérieures d'une profondeur indéniable. Sous ses doigts, Biber vibre d'une flamme plus lumineuse que jamais. En prime, la non moins magnifique sonate de Georg Muffat clôt ce Super Audio CD indispensable. A savourer en pensant à Biber...

Jean-Jacques Millo

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Works: 6  

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Violin Sonata in B flat major
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Violin Sonata in C minor
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Violin Sonata in D major
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Violin Sonata in E major
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Violin Sonata in G minor
Georg Muffat - Violin Sonata in D major