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Pro Adventu
Gregor Werner

Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor

Pro Adventu

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917251326
Catnr: CC 72513
Release date: 07 September 2012
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Release date
07 September 2012
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Gregorius Josephus Werner (1695-1766)
Pro Adventu


Gregor Werner (1695-1766) began directing the fortunes of the Esterházy court band, the Hofkapelle, on 10 May 1728. He was an industrious man. Forty Masses, three Requiems, three Te Deums, four
Offertories, twelve Vespers, twelve Good Friday oratorios, approximately eighteen oratorios, a hundred and thirty-three antiphons and a multitude of instrumental pieces and minor works testify to his fertile creative spirit.

Little is known of his youth. He is sure to have spent an lengthy period in Vienna. The quodlibets “Bauren- Richters-Wahl” and “Der Wienner- ische Tandelmarkt” demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the Viennese background and spoken dialect in the Late Baroque period. His skilful counterpoint style suggests a connec- tion to the Court Kapellmeister J.J. Fux (1660-1741).
Werner seems to have found utter fulfilment in his work for the princely band. It seems he did not undertake any further travels. Isolated in the eastern region of the empire he wrote one musical gem after another. His oeuvre reveals the early a-capella style as well as the Baroque concer- tante style of the turn of the century.
As with Fux, there are no “lazy parts” in his counterpoint settings.

Throughout his life he remained true to the idiom of Baroque music-making and refused to adapt in any way to new fashions. Thus it is no wonder that he is supposed to have spoken disparagingly of Joseph Haydn as “G`sanglmacher” – “common songwriter” – and “Modehansl” – fashion lackey.

Nevertheless Haydn’s regard for this famous master was so high that he worked during the last months of his life on the edition and publishing of Werner’s quartets! What a delight that Werner's music is dusted off now by Ars Antiqua Austria!

De barokke Gregor Werner
Gregor Werner werkte vanaf 1728 als kapelmeester aan het hof van de Hongaarse Esterházy familie in Eisenstadt. Gedurende deze periode was hij ongelooflijk productief; hij schreef maar liefst veertig missen, drie requiems, drie te deums, vier offertoriums, twaalf vespers, twaalf oratoriums voor Goede Vrijdag, achttien reguliere oratoriums, 133 antifonen en een groot aantal instrumentale en kleine werken.
Werners bekwame gebruik van contrapunt suggereert een connectie met de Weense kapelmeester J.J. Fux. Net als in de werken van Fux kiest Werner nooit voor de makkelijke oplossing in zijn contrapunt: hij blijft telkens verrassen met vindingrijkheid en virtuositeit. Gedurende zijn hele leven bleef Werner trouw aan de barokstijl en weigerde mee te gaan in nieuwe ontwikkelingen zoals die te vinden waren in de werken van Joseph Haydn. Haydn zelf, echter, bewonderde zijn oude leermeester zo dat hij de laatste maanden van zijn leven besteedde aan het bewerken en publiceren van Werners kwartetten.

Op dit album worden een aantal van deze kwartetten, naast een aantal andere werken van Werner, ten gehore gebracht door het Ars Antiqua Austria samen met de internationaal bekende meesterviolist Gunar Letzbor. Ars Antiqua Austria is een van de bekendste ensembles in de oude muziek en speelt op historische instrumenten.

Barocke Adventsmusik von Schloss Esterházy.

Gregorius Josephus Werner leitete seit dem 10. Mai 1728 das Geschick der Esterházyschen Hofkapelle und wurde von seinem Schüler Joseph Haydn sehr verehrt. Ars Antiqua Austria legt nun eine kleine Sammlung seiner Kammermusik vor, angereichert mit adventlichen Arien und Liedern, die ganz bestimmt zu einer Wiederentdeckung von Werner führen werden.

Artist(s)

Markus Miesenberger

The lyrical tenor Markus Miesenberger received his education as a singer in Vienna with KS Robert Holl, KS Artur Korn and Sebastian Vittucci as well as in the fields violin and baroque viola with Ernst Kovacic and Michi Gaigg in Salzburg, Linz and Vienna. Appearances as a concert and lied singer, in operas and as a musician led the artist through Austria, to important European music centres in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, to Israel, to Mexico and to many more. Thus, it was and is beside regular appearances at the Viennese music association and at the Viennese concert hall to guest with numerous festivals (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Festival Oude...
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The lyrical tenor Markus Miesenberger received his education as a singer in Vienna with KS Robert Holl, KS Artur Korn and Sebastian Vittucci as well as in the fields violin and baroque viola with Ernst Kovacic and Michi Gaigg in Salzburg, Linz and Vienna.
Appearances as a concert and lied singer, in operas and as a musician led the artist through Austria, to important European music centres in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, to Israel, to Mexico and to many more. Thus, it was and is beside regular appearances at the Viennese music association and at the Viennese concert hall to guest with numerous festivals (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, MA Festival Brugge, Salzburger Festspiele, Styriarte, Carinthischer Sommer, Schubertiaden Schwarzenberg and Dürnstein, Brucknerfest Linz, Handel Festival Halle, Internationales Musikfest Hamburg, Musica antiqua of the bavarian broadcast Nürnberg, National forum of music Wroclaw, Settimana Musica Sacra di Monreale, Misteria Paschalia Krakow). He sings under the baton of famous conductors like Christian Thielemann, Pierre Andre Valade, Ralf Weikert, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jeffrey Kahane, Gunar Letzbor, Michi Gaigg and Rubén Dubrovsky with Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna and Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra, Ars Antiqua Austria, L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Bach Consort Vienna, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and Slovac Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also a strong artistic connection in the field of lied to his former teacher Robert Holl and the pianists David Lutz und Sir András Schiff.
On the opera stage Markus Miesenberger is to be experienced above all in roles of the Mozart’s and Haydn’s field, with baroque opera, with opera of the 20th century and with contemporary music. Engagements led him to the Neue Oper Wien, to the Theater an der Wien, to the Landestheater Linz, to the municipal theatre Bolzano and to the Tirol festival. He sang Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at Opernfestspiele Bad Hersfeld, 2018 and 2019 Jack O’Brian in Kurt Weills Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Balthasar Zorn in Richard Wagners Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann at Osterfestspiele Salzburg, also released on CD, and 2020 at Semperoper Dresden.
In 2011 he won the Franz Joseph Aumann Prize for new discoveries and innovative interpretation of baroque music at the international H.I.F. Biber competition.
Numerous CD productions and radio broadcasts also form a central focus of his artistic career, currently Arias for Silvio Garghetti with Neue Wiener Hofkapelle, Kriegsgeschichten and Liebesabenteuer with music from G.D. Speer with Ars Antiqua Austria (PANCLASSICS) and Psalms for Sacri Concentus 1681 (Challenge Classics).


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Jan Krigovsky

Jan Krigovsky is a double-bass player, multi-instrumentalist, musical events organiser, promoter, art director, manager, producer, publisher, dramaturge and poet. He is well known and sought after interpreter of various musical styles. As a soloist Krigovsky expresses himself with noble, temperamental and technically perfect performance. As a soloist and chamber double bass, G-violone and Vienner Violine player Krigovsky collaborates with numerous ensembles specialising in historically – developed/learned interpretation of old music. He also performs in the ensembles for contemporary music like Catalá Ensamble Trio, Alea and Collegium Wartberg. As a concert master of double bass group he performed with several orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Moderntimes 1800 and Wiener Akademie. As a soloist, he also worked with orchestras under...
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Jan Krigovsky is a double-bass player, multi-instrumentalist, musical events organiser, promoter, art director, manager, producer, publisher, dramaturge and poet. He is well known and sought after interpreter of various musical styles. As a soloist Krigovsky expresses himself with noble, temperamental and technically perfect performance. As a soloist and chamber double bass, G-violone and Vienner Violine player Krigovsky collaborates with numerous ensembles specialising in historically – developed/learned interpretation of old music. He also performs in the ensembles for contemporary music like Catalá Ensamble Trio, Alea and Collegium Wartberg. As a concert master of double bass group he performed with several orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Moderntimes 1800 and Wiener Akademie. As a soloist, he also worked with orchestras under the baton of Yuri Bashmeta, Leoš Svárovský, Martin Haselbock, Jordi Savallla and Ewald Danel.
Jan presented/introduced himself as a soloist, but also as a member of chamber ensembles performing at some of the leading festivals like Bratislava Music Festival, Melos-Étos, Prague Spring International Music Festival, Wiener Fetspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Festspielwochen Munchen, Dresdener gen Festspiele, Jehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Boston Early Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and others.
He has recorded over 150 CD_DVD titles for companies such as Decca, SDBS production, Supraphon, CPO, WDR, NDR, ZDF, Winter&Winter, ORF, Challenge records, Institut fur Tyroler, Musikforschung Innsbruck, Pan Classics, Arcana Records, Symfonia as well as for radio and television. Among his artistic partners were for example Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Riccardo Minasi, Steven Isserlis, Maurice Steger, Nuria Rial, Avi Avital, Gunar Letzbor, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jürger Essl, Helene Schmidt, Dalibor Karvay, Stano Palúch, Daniel Buranovský, Martin Babjak.
Jan worked as a teacher at the Conservatory in Žilina, the Conservatory of Dezidor Kardos in Topoľčany, the Church Conservatory in Bratislava, the Masaryk University in Brno and the Janacek Academy in Brno. Since 2002 he has been working at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. He has built wide base/foundation of amazing/outstanding double bass players in Slovakia, including Roman Patkoló, Vlado Žatko, Ján Prievozník, Filip Jaro, Romana Uhlíková and others. Krigovsky regularly teaches master classes in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, USA, Canada and Mexico.
In 2010, he founded together with his students the Slovak Double Bass Club within which were organised master courses called BassFest Banská Bystrica, International Double Bass Competition of Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf and hundreds of concerts. In 2013, on his initiative, the double bass quartet named Bass Band was created. In 2012 he founded Musica Perennis Iuventutis, music festival held in Senec and Musica Perennis Sancti Benedecti in Hronský Beňadik. Festivals are dedicated to helping and supporting children in material need and children with disabilities in Slovakia and abroad. At his instigation, dozens of musical works were created for solo double bass and chamber ensembles. In 2012 he established his own ensemble known as Collegium Wartberg.

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Alois Mühlbacher

Alois Mühlbacher, born in Hinterstoder in 1995, caused quite a stir as a soloist with the St. Florian Boys' Choir with spectacular CD recordings (including Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, and songs by Gustav Mahler). Franz Welser-Möst ('I have never heard such a boyish voice in my life') and Joan Holender engaged the fifteen-year-old at the Vienna State Opera (as a young shepherd in 'Tannhäuser'), later he also sang the oberto in 'Alcina' under the direction of Marc Minkowski, of which a live recording has been released on DVD at Arthouse. In the 'Magic Flute' recording under Rene Jacobs he is the 1st boy. He made concert tours all over the world with the 'Sängerknaben', to whom he is still...
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Alois Mühlbacher, born in Hinterstoder in 1995, caused quite a stir as a soloist with the St. Florian Boys' Choir with spectacular CD recordings (including Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, and songs by Gustav Mahler). Franz Welser-Möst ("I have never heard such a boyish voice in my life") and Joan Holender engaged the fifteen-year-old at the Vienna State Opera (as a young shepherd in "Tannhäuser"), later he also sang the oberto in "Alcina" under the direction of Marc Minkowski, of which a live recording has been released on DVD at Arthouse. In the "Magic Flute" recording under Rene Jacobs he is the 1st boy. He made concert tours all over the world with the "Sängerknaben", to whom he is still committed today. As a soprano soloist, he has enjoyed great success on the podiums of international concert halls (among others, he sang the soprano solo in Mahler's 4th Symphony in the Salzburg Festival Hall; Role of Yniold in "Pelleas et Melisande"). He was a soloist at "Christmas in Vienna", a 30-minute documentary about him was broadcast on the ORF and in ARTE. His career in the countertenor continued almost without interruption: he sang at the opening gala of the new opera house Vladivostok, at the New Year's Eve concert of the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Grand Festspielhaus, in operas (Orlofsky in the "Bat", Apollo in "Apollo et Hyacinthus") and Oratorios (Daniel in "Susanna" under Martin Haselböck in the large Musikvereinssaal). In December 2016 he was an alto soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Munich, Herkulessaal) and in the B Minor Mass (Großer Musikvereinssaal). As a result of many years of collaboration with the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria (Gunar Letzbor), his voice from the age of choirs until today is documented on numerous CD recordings with predominantly Austrian baroque music. In addition, to date four solo CDs by Alois with Franz Farnberger have appeared on the piano (opera and operetta arias, songs, duets). His special love is also the song song. Together with his piano partner Franz Farnberger he has already given numerous recitals (among others in the Crystal Hall Waidhofen, at the Bruckner Days in St. Florian and in the Brucknerhaus Linz). His unmistakable, supple and versatile vocal sound also enables him a broad repertoire that is unusual for countertenors, from Schubert to Richard Strauss. In addition to his vocal work, he completed acting studies in Linz.

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Gunar Letzbor (conductor)

Gunar Letzbor studied composition, conducting and violin at Linz, Salzburg and Cologne. His encounters with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Reinhard Goebel ignited a deep passion for period instruments and performance practice, leading him to perform extensively with Musica Antiqua Köln, the Clemencic Consort, La Folia Salzburg, Armonico Tributo Basel and the Wiener Akademie.  Gunar Letzbor founded his own ensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, an instrumental ensemble of varying size dedicated in particular to the exploration of the rich, but neglected, baroque repertoire of his native country and its neighbours. Corollaries of this voyage of re-discovery have been not only the unexpected finds of musical masterpieces otherwise destined to languish in obscurity, but also the articulation of a uniquely central-European instrumental sound and its...
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Gunar Letzbor studied composition, conducting and violin at Linz, Salzburg and Cologne. His encounters with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Reinhard Goebel ignited a deep passion for period instruments and performance practice, leading him to perform extensively with Musica Antiqua Köln, the Clemencic Consort, La Folia Salzburg, Armonico Tributo Basel and the Wiener Akademie. Gunar Letzbor founded his own ensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, an instrumental ensemble of varying size dedicated in particular to the exploration of the rich, but neglected, baroque repertoire of his native country and its neighbours. Corollaries of this voyage of re-discovery have been not only the unexpected finds of musical masterpieces otherwise destined to languish in obscurity, but also the articulation of a uniquely central-European instrumental sound and its often deeply spiritual inspiration. As a soloist and with Ars Antiqua Austria, Letzbor has made numerous recordings (including several world premieres), featuring works by Mozart, Bach, Biber, Muffat, Aufschnaiter, Viviani, Schmelzer, Weichlein, Vejvanovsky, Vilsmayr and Conti. Particulary remarkable was his world's premiere recording of Sonate for violin solo by J.J.Vilsmayr and J.P.Westhoff.

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Quartett (F major): Larghetto
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Quartett (F major): Vivace
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Quartett II (d minor): Largo
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Quartett II (d minor): Allegro
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Quartett IV (c minor): Grave
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Quartett IV (c minor): Allegro
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Cantilena pro Adventu: ?
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Cantilena de immaculate: ?
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Concerto a 5 parti: B: Allegro
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Concerto a 5 parti: B: Largo
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Concerto a 5 parti: B: Tempo di Menuet
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Cantilena pro Adventu de immaculata conceptione: Rezitativ: Maria Wurzel Davids
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Cantilena pro Adventu de immaculata conceptione: Aria, Andante: Gleich wie der Lilien
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Pastorale in G a violini 2: Spirituoso
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Pastorale in G a violini 2: Larghetto
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Pastorale in G a violini 2: Vivace passato
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Aria pro Dominica prima Adventus: Rezitativ: Seht! Wie der stolzen Schlangen Haubt
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Aria pro Dominica prima Adventus: Aria, Larghetto: Gleich wie der reine Himmelsthau
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Quartett III (c minor): Adagio ma poco
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Quartett III (c minor): Allegro
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Quartett V (d minor): Adagio ma poco
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Quartett V (d minor): Allegro
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Quartett VI (g minor): Adagio ma poco
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Quartett VI (g minor): Vivace
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