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Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servien

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servien

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917212921
Catnr: CC 72129
Release date: 01 January 1999
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917212921
Catalogue number
CC 72129
Release date
01 January 1999
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About the album

Founded in 1982 by violinist Jan Willem de Vriend, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has developed into a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600- 1800.The musicians' wish not to focus solely on the standard repertoire has resulted in many interesting programmes featuring remarkable and little-known works, some of which are only available in manuscript. The performance of these compositions in conjunction with more familiar works has proved to be refreshing and inspiring to listeners and performers alike. Heinrich Ignaz von Biber by-passed the ban on profane chamber music with his collection of twelve sonatas, Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes (1676), which means at the altar as well as at court the collection with such a title, the sonatas became more interesting from a commercial point of view.After all, the sonatas were serviceable for both secular and spiritual occasions, during Mass, but also as table music during dinners at the palace. Apart from being an outstanding violinist, Biber was also a great composer and a remarkable man. He instructed musicians to play with the back of their bow, composed atonal and minimal music, allowed players to change the tuning of the strings (scordatura) or stuffed paper in between them. Also, we owe the Bartzicato to Biber rather than Bart His Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes seem to bridge folk music and concert music, between French and Italian bowing techniques, between secular and spiritual music. As if two different worlds shake each other original music. It is therefore not surprising that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made his son study the works of Biber. In this context perhaps the words of Paul Hindemith are most striking. He spoke of Biber characterising him as cable composer before Bach.
Alomvattende, soms hartverscheurende, en uiterst originele muziek
Dit album bevat 12 sonates van virtuoos violist en opmerkelijk componist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Met veel schwung en passie uitgevoerd door het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam onder leiding van Jan Willem de Vriend.

Biber was niet alleen een geweldige violist en uitzonderlijke componist, hij was ook een slim mens. Met de titel van zijn bundel Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes (Sonates zowel voor het altaar als voor de tafel) omzeilde hij het verbod dat toentertijd gold op geestelijke kamermuziek. De sonates werden daarmee ook commercieel interessant. Ze waren immers bruikbaar bij de mis, maar mochten ook als tafelmuziek tijdens etentjes in het paleis uitgevoerd worden. Zijn sonates lijken een brug te slaan tussen volks- en kunstmuziek, tussen wereldlijke en geestelijke muziek, en tussen Franse en Italiaanse strijktechnieken. Het is alsof twee werelden elkaar een hand geven. Het is dus niet verwonderlijk dat Biber ‘de meest opmerkelijke componist vóór Bach’ wordt genoemd.

Veel is er niet bekend over Biber, geboren in 1644 in Wartenburg in het voormalige Bohemen. Behalve dan dat hij graag experimenteerde. Zijn muziek zou de eeuwen doorstaan en misstaat ook in onze tijd niet. Hij componeerde muziek zonder vaste toonsoort en minimale muziek. Biber liet musici met de achterkant van hun strijkstok spelen, liet spelers hun snaren anders stemmen of propte papier tussen de snaren. Zijn ongekende viooltechnieken verhoogden zijn sociale status. Van huismusicus voor de bisschop van Olmütz, violist, componist, dirigent en rentmeester bij de aartsbisschop van Salzburg, schopte hij het tot kapelmeester voor keizer Leopold I, die hem in de adelstand verhief met de titel 'Biber von Bibern'. Zijn composities bestonden vooral uit kerkmuziek, maar hij schreef ook 2 opera's. Hij overleed in 1704 op 59-jarige leeftijd in Salzburg.

Sinds de oprichting in 1982 door Jan Willem de Vriend heeft het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam zich onder zijn leiding ontwikkeld tot een hecht ensemble, dat gespecialiseerd is in muziek uit de barokperiode, weliswaar gespeeld op moderne instrumenten. De musici richten zich niet alleen op het standaardrepertoire, wat zorgt voor veel interessante programma’s. De concerten met een combinatie van bekende en minder bekende werken zijn voor de luisteraars, maar ook voor de uitvoerenden, verfrissend en inspirerend. Inmiddels is Jan Willem de Vriend gestopt met het ensemble en hebben de overige leden het ensemble in 2014 voortgezet onder de naam Combattimento.

Artist(s)

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and energy of its performances. That, together with its varied and often surprising and unfamiliar repertoire, for formations ranging from chamber ensemble to chamber orchestra, and from oratorios to operas, has made it one of the most successful Baroque ensembles in the world. The Combattimento Consort’s roughly 60 performances a year are distinguished by the originality of the ensemble’s presentation, led by one of the trend-setting conductors in Dutch musical life, Jan Willem de Vriend, who in November 2012 received the Radio 4 Prize.   The Combattimento Consort has gone on a number of tours in recent years...
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Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and energy of its performances. That, together with its varied and often surprising and unfamiliar repertoire, for formations ranging from chamber ensemble to chamber orchestra, and from oratorios to operas, has made it one of the most successful Baroque ensembles in the world. The Combattimento Consort’s roughly 60 performances a year are distinguished by the originality of the ensemble’s presentation, led by one of the trend-setting conductors in Dutch musical life, Jan Willem de Vriend, who in November 2012 received the Radio 4 Prize.
The Combattimento Consort has gone on a number of tours in recent years to Germany, Spain, Central Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and the United States. It has recorded more than 35 CDs and DVDs – this year, its CD of Handel’s Concerto Grossi op. 6 will be released. The ensemble has worked with prominent soloists such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Sol Gabeta, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer, as well as with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Nationale Reisopera and Cappella Amsterdam. The spearhead of its artistic direction is the performance of unfamiliar and as yet unpublished repertoire. Innumerable searches through libraries, churches and cloisters over the past 30 years have resulted in a notable collection of remarkable performances. In 2007, for example, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam presented Arminio, the only surviving opera of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Over the years, it has developed a distinctive style of playing, which has even come to be known as the “Combattimento School” of performance. Recognizable and energetic, inventive, style-conscious and inspiring. The ensemble presents itself as a “consort”, but with the visibility of the “individual”. Jan Willem de Vriend leads the Combattimento Consort from the “first chair”, appearing as a conductor only in the larger productions (operas and oratorios). The instrumental soloists are in most cases members of the ensemble.

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Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”. An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest...
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Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”.
An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Belgian National Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre National de Lyon, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Netherlands Radio and Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt Radio Symphony), Melbourne Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is Principal Conductor Designate of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille, and former Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and the Brabant Orchestra.
For the Challenge Classics label, de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra have recorded the complete Mendelssohn symphonies and all Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos with, among others, pianist Hannes Minnaar and violinist Liza Ferschtman. De Vriend’s interpretation of the Symphony No 7 prompted Classic FM to admire “a bounding flair that does real justice to the composer’s capacity for joy”. A further landmark of his recorded catalogue is his complete recording of the Schubert symphonies with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag.
De Vriend’s collaborative spirit is equally evident in his work for the stage, notably with opera director Eva Buchmann and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. In addition to works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Handel and Telemann, their productions in Europe and the USA have included staged versions of Bach’s ‘Hunting’ and ‘Coffee’ Cantatas at the Bachfest Leipzig, and operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Cherubini, among them Mozart’s Don Giovanni und Rossini’s La gazzetta, both toured in Switzerland. De Vriend has also conducted operatic productions in Amsterdam (with the Nederlandse Reisopera), Barcelona, Strasbourg, Lucerne, Schwetzingen and Bergen.

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Composer(s)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Franz von Biber, he might as well be called 'the Jimi Hendrix of the 17th century'. His virtuosity on violin was unprecedented, and he combined this with a passion for experimentation which is just as remarkable. With his violin skills, Biber's social status quickly improved. After working as the 'musician in residence' for the bishop of Olmütz, he consecutively worked for the archbishop of Salzburg and, as a kapellmeister, for Emperor Leopold I. Biber was a religious man, and it can't be a coincidence both his daughters (he also had two sons) lived in a monastery.  Biber composed both instrumental als vocal music. The pinnacles of his body of works are undoubtedly his Rosary Sonatas and his Missa Salisburgensis. The former shows Biber's virtuosity...
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Franz von Biber, he might as well be called 'the Jimi Hendrix of the 17th century'. His virtuosity on violin was unprecedented, and he combined this with a passion for experimentation which is just as remarkable. With his violin skills, Biber's social status quickly improved. After working as the 'musician in residence' for the bishop of Olmütz, he consecutively worked for the archbishop of Salzburg and, as a kapellmeister, for Emperor Leopold I. Biber was a religious man, and it can't be a coincidence both his daughters (he also had two sons) lived in a monastery. Biber composed both instrumental als vocal music. The pinnacles of his body of works are undoubtedly his Rosary Sonatas and his Missa Salisburgensis. The former shows Biber's virtuosity as a compositional art; the latter shows, with its enourmous instrumentation, the capabilities of Biber as a grandiose composer.


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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes: Sonata a Otto No. 1 in C Major, C. 114
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes: Sonata a Sei No. 2 in D Major, C. 115
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Sei No. 3 in G Minor, C. 116
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 4 in C Major, C. 117
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Sei No. 5 in E Minor, C. 118
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 6 in F Major, C. 119
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 7 in G Major, C. 120
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 8 in G Major, C. 121
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 9 in B Flat Major, C. 122
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 10 in G Minor, C. 123
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Cinque No. 11 in A Major, C. 124
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Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes : Sonata a Otto No. 12 in C Major, C. 125
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