Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor

Partite a 3

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917238129
Catnr: CC 72381
Release date: 29 April 2011
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Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917238129
Catalogue number
CC 72381
Release date
29 April 2011
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About the album

When choosing the selection for our first CD with music by Fux, we came to the conclusion that we would under no circumstances play the church sonatas. They were primarily composed for the Court Chapel, the Hofkapelle, where the music was scored for an exceptionally large ensemble. The choral violins were supported by organ, cello, double bass and bassoon in continuo. ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA is first and foremost a chamber ensemble and seldom plays in a larger formation. Our strength lies rather in ensemble music scored for soloists. Thus the partitas positively thrust themselves into our attention. They were composed for the chamber and widely known outside the Hofkapelle as well. Although some partitas have come down to us in choral setting, other sources suggest soloist performance. The greater virtuosity of the individual parts likewise lends credence to a version scored for soloist playing.

So where does the strength of these compositions lie? Let us hearken to the words of the master himself: ““Because the unrestrained composition, even if it is apt as well to tickle the ears of the layman, will in no way ever satisfy the refined taste of the cognoscenti, because the latter demand not only a successful idea, but compliance with laws as well.” The appeal to the connoisseur without disregarding the amateur is the distinguishing characteristic of Fux’s compositional style. Even after many repetitions during rehearsals we were astonished at the skill with which Fux unites both harmony and melody in homophone and counterpoint compositional technique and always retains the correct sense of proportion. Not one note is too many, nor a note too few. The beauty is universal and lies in the interaction all the factors participating in the musical expression. (Gunar Letzbor in the linernotes with the CD)
De grenzeloosheid van Fux gecombineerd met de virtuositeit van Ars Antiqua Austria
Dirigent Gunar Letzbor en zijn ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria wilden onder geen beding, de weliswaar meer bekende, kerksonates van Johann Joseph Fux selecteren voor dit album. Die sonates waren immers gecomponeerd voor de hofkapel van keizer Leopold I van Oostenrijk. En dus voor een groot gezelschap. De kracht van het kamerensemble Ars Antiqua Austria ligt juist in muziek voor solisten. De partita’s van Fux, met de grote virtuositeit en lange indivuele passages voor solisten, zijn dus ideaal voor dit ensemble. Wat duidelijk te horen is in deze prachtige uitvoering. "Letzbor contributes dazzling violin playing in performances that are appropriately sombre yet pleasantly stylish." Gramophone.

De kracht van deze werken ligt, volgens componist Fux zelf, in de grenzeloosheid van zijn composities. Letzbor: "De aantrekkingskracht op de kenner zonder voorbij te gaan aan de amateur is kenmerkend voor de muziek van Fux. Zelfs na vele herhalingen tijdens de repetities, waren we nog verbaasd over de vaardigheid, waarmee Fux harmonie en melodie met elkaar verenigt in zijn compositorische techniek. En hoe hij altijd een juist gevoel voor proportie behoudt. Geen enkele noot is er één te veel of te weinig. De schoonheid is universeel en ligt in de interactie van alle factoren die meespelen in de muzikale expressie."

Het instrumentale ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria werd in 1989 opgericht door de Oostenrijkse violist Letzbor, met als doel het publiek te laten kennismaken met de Oostenrijkse barokmuziek. Dankzij zijn onderzoeken en inspanningen zijn tientallen composities voor het eerst in de moderne tijd uitgevoerd. Ars Antiqua Austria speelt op authentieke instrumenten en geldt als een hoogstaand ensemble in de wereld van de oude muziek. De bezetting van het gezelschap varieert, afhankelijk van het repertoire.

Zügellose Kompositionen von Johan Joseph Fux

Solistisch besetze Ensemblemusik des kaiserlichen Oberkapellmeisters Johann Joseph Fux, die sich neben der Leichtigkeit der Erfindung durch Kühnheit der Harmonie auszeichnet sowie durch eine homophone, liedartige Setzart. Ein Muss für alle Freunde anspruchs- und temperamentvoller Barockmusik!

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Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1995 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of specifically Austrian baroque music played on period-instruments. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this period shows the strong influence of Italy and later of French forms, while Spanish court ceremonials also shape the character of the works. The typical Austrian sound of the period also betrays the influence of the many Crownlands. The political and social boundaries of Austria in the baroque era were far wider than in the 20th century. Elements of Slav and Hungarian folk music mingle with alpine sounds and can be heard in the art music of the period. The Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and character of the Austrians of that period - a unifying element in the melting-pot of many different cultures: the joie de vivre of the South, Slav melancholy, French formality, Spanish pomp and the Alpine character of the German-speaking regions. This fusion of court- with folk music and a strong element of dance music form the typical Austrian sound.

The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises 8 musicians directed by Gunar Letzbor. The ensemble is readily augmented to accommodate a still wider repertoire. Ars Antiqua Austria's recording of Viviani's "Capricci Armonici" received a Cannes Classical Award 2002.

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01.
Partita ex b K 319: Introduzione, Allegro
00:46
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Partita ex b K 319: Contraffattrice, Un poco Allegro
03:15
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Partita ex b K 319: Menuet ? Trio - Menuet
02:11
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Partita ex b K 319: Bourrée
00:55
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Partita ex b K 319: Gigue
01:25
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Partita ex g K 320: Sonata, Andante
02:23
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Partita ex g K 320: Allegro
01:50
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Partita ex g K 320: Sarabande
01:19
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Partita ex g K 320: Passacaglia
02:35
10.
Partita ex G K 321 - Intrada in canone: Allegro
01:01
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Partita ex G K 321 - Intrada in canone: Largo
01:08
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Partita ex G K 321 - Intrada in canone: Allegro
01:01
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Partita ex G K 321 - Intrada in canone: Menuet 1 ? Menuet 2 ? Menuet 1 da capo
02:16
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Partita ex G K 321 - Intrada in canone: Rondeau, Allegro ma Comodamente
01:46
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Partita ex d K 322: Ouverture
02:20
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Partita ex d K 322: Entrée
01:04
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Partita ex d K 322: Menuet - Trio -Menuet da capo
01:49
18.
Partita ex d K 322: Siciliana
01:41
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Partita ex d K 322: Gigue
00:53
20.
Partita ex C K 323: Les Cambattans
01:32
21.
Partita ex C K 323: Les vainqueurs
00:55
22.
Partita ex C K 323: Perpetuum mobile
01:11
23.
Partita ex C K 323: Menuett ? Gavotte ? Menuet da capo
01:33
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Partita ex C K 323: Rigaudon 1 ? Rigaudon 2 ? Rigaudon 1 da capo
01:34
25.
Partita E 64: Capriccio, Presto ? Grave ? da capo
04:36
26.
Partita E 64: Vivace
01:44
27.
Partita E 64: Menuet ? Trio ? Menuet da capo
02:06
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Partita E 64: Finale
00:57
29.
Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Vivace
02:39
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Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Adagio
01:24
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Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Presto
01:56
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Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Allemande, Allegro
03:05
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Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Sarabande
01:53
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Partita ex D K 326 - Sinfonia: Gigue
01:22
35.
Partita ex C K 331: Turcaria
01:47
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Partita ex C K 331: Passa Gallia, Andante
03:18
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Partita ex C K 331: Janitshara
01:22
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Partita ex C K 331: Posta turcica
01:36
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