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Cantate per Contralto con Violini
Antonio Bononcini

Ars Antiqua Austria

Cantate per Contralto con Violini

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917292527
Catnr: CC 72925
Release date: 05 January 2024
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Challenge Classics
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0608917292527
Catalogue number
CC 72925
Release date
05 January 2024

"The ensemble, led by Gunar Letzbor, offers effective support and most of the affective quality of these performances."

American Record Guide, 01-5-2024
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About the album

Under the rule of the enlightened Emperor Joseph I, many composers from the north of Italy took up appointments in Vienna. Antonio Bononcini was one of the most progressive composers of his time. We present here three cantatas by Bononcini from 1706. They were most probably first presented in musical academies. His amorous chamber cantatas captivate through their intimate, timeless beauty. The sensual violins engage in an entertaining competition with the longing, dreamy lines of the alto voice. The cantatas recorded here all concern themselves with the sorrows and longings of love for a distant partner.

They seem to have been conceived as a cyclic construction in which each piece exists in relationship to the others. Bononcini was a master of musical rhetoric and achieves a masterly combination of musical figures with poetic phrasing. These sensuous works were most probably performed on the occasion of noble academies. From the turn of the century, musical presentations were often designated as academies. With this new definition, academies were little by little also presented by lesser nobles and later even by the bourgeoisie.
Opnieuw een mooi album van het ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria met een wereldpremière-opname van drie cantates voor countertenor en violen van componist Antonio Bononcini. Deze cantates van Bononcini vormen een trilogie over het thema: verdriet en het verlangen naar een verre liefde. Ze werden indertijd gezien als innovatief en toekomstgericht. Met de wonderschone zang van countertenor Alois Mühlbacher en het spel van Ars Antiqua Austria, geleid door Gunar Letzbor, is het een prachtige opname geworden.

Onder het bewind van de verlichte keizer Jozef I kregen veel componisten uit het noorden van Italië een aanstelling in Wenen. Onder hen Antonio Bononcini, een van de meest vooruitstrevende componisten van zijn tijd. De drie cantates op dit album stammen uit 1706. Ze werden hoogstwaarschijnlijk voor het eerst uitgevoerd tijdens muziekvoorstellingen. Met hun intieme, tijdloze schoonheid zijn Bononcini’s amoureuze kamercantates betoverend. De sensuele violen gaan hier een aangename strijd aan met de verlangende, dromerige lijnen van de altstem.

Het lijkt of de cantates zijn bedacht als een cyclische constructie, waarin elk deel zich verhoudt tot de andere delen. Bononcini was een meester in de muzikale retoriek en verstond de kunst een voortreffelijke combinatie van muzikale figuren met poëtische frasering te realiseren. Vanaf de eeuwwisseling werden muziekvoorstellingen vaak aangeduid als academies. Met deze nieuwe definitie werden academies beetje bij beetje ook georganiseerd door de lagere adel en later zelfs door de bourgeoisie.

Ars Antiqua Austria werd in 1989 opgericht door de Oostenrijkse violist Gunar Letzbor, met als doel het publiek te laten kennismaken met de Oostenrijkse barokmuziek. Dankzij zijn 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.
Unter der Herrschaft des aufgeklärten Kaisers Joseph I. ließen sich viele Komponisten aus Norditalien in Wien nieder. Antonio Bononcini war einer der fortschrittlichsten Komponisten seiner Zeit. Wir stellen hier drei Kantaten von Bononcini aus dem Jahr 1706 vor. Sie wurden höchstwahrscheinlich zuerst in Musikakademien aufgeführt. Seine amourösen Kammerkantaten bestechen durch ihre intime, zeitlose Schönheit. Die sinnlichen Violinen liefern sich einen unterhaltsamen Wettstreit mit den sehnsüchtigen, verträumten Linien der Altstimme. Die hier eingespielten Kantaten beschäftigen sich alle mit den Sorgen und Sehnsüchten der Liebe zu einem fernen Partner. Sie scheinen als eine zyklische Konstruktion konzipiert worden zu sein, in der jedes Stück in Beziehung zu den anderen steht. Bononcini war ein Meister der musikalischen Rhetorik und versteht es meisterhaft, musikalische Figuren mit poetischer Phrasierung zu verbinden. Diese sinnlichen Werke wurden höchstwahrscheinlich im Rahmen von Adelsakademien aufgeführt. Seit der Jahrhundertwende wurden musikalische Darbietungen häufig als Akademien bezeichnet. Mit dieser neuen Definition wurden Akademien nach und nach auch von kleineren Adligen und später sogar von der Bourgeoisie veranstaltet.

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Ars Antiqua Austria

Austrian Baroque music takes centre stage in the repertoire of this unusual Baroque ensemble. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this time was initially heavily influenced by the music of Italy, later by that of France; Spanish court ceremonial also had important artistic effects in Vienna. The typical Austrian sound of this era was characterised by the impact of its many royal domains. The political and societal boundaries of Baroque Austria stretched much further than nowadays. Elements of Slavic, Hungarian and Alpine folk music styles had lasting effects on art music, making up its specific sound. But the Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and the character of the people of the time: placed within the...
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Austrian Baroque music takes centre stage in the repertoire of this unusual Baroque ensemble. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this time was initially heavily influenced by the music of Italy, later by that of France; Spanish court ceremonial also had important artistic effects in Vienna. The typical Austrian sound of this era was characterised by the impact of its many royal domains. The political and societal boundaries of Baroque Austria stretched much further than nowadays. Elements of Slavic, Hungarian and Alpine folk music styles had lasting effects on art music, making up its specific sound. But the Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and the character of the people of the time: placed within the melting pot of many diverse cultures, amalgamating Mediterranean zest for life, Slavic melancholy, French formalism, Spanish royal ceremony and the original Alpine elements of the German-speaking region. This mixture of court music and folk music with a dance-like character outlines the typically Austrian sound.
Alongside many concert performances, the early years of the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria were dedicated to musicological research of Austrian Baroque composers. The abundance of rediscovered works led to several successful premiere recordings: albums featuring the works of R. Weichlein, H.I.F. Biber, F. Conti, G.B. Viviani, G.A.P. Mealli, G. Arnold, A. Caldara, B.A. Aufschnaiter, J.J. Vilsmayr, J.P. Vejvanovsky, J. Schmelzer, G. Muffat, W.L. Radolt, C. Mouthon, J.B. Hochreither, F.J. Aumann and J.S. Bach were met with enthusiastic approbation from the international music press.
Ars Antiqua Austria have been designing their own concert series at the Vienna Konzerthaus since 2002, and at the Brucknerhaus Linz since 2008. The ensemble is leading a cycle of performances arranged over several years entitled “Klang der Kulturen – Kultur des Klanges” (“Sound of the Cultures – Culture of Sound”), consisting of ninety concerts set to be performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Venice, Ljubljana, Mechelen and Lübeck.
Recent performances include concerts at the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Ribeauvillé, Berliner Tage für Alte Musik, Festival Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Mozartfest Würzburg (an opera production), Tage Alter Musik Herne, Festival de Musique de Clisson et de Loire Atlantique, Folles Journées de Nantes and Tokyo, Musée d’Unterlinden Colmar, Printemps Baroque du Sablon, Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival Bach de Lausanne, MAfestival Brugge, Bologna Festival, Vendsyssel Festival, Concerti della Normale di Pisa, Resonanzen Wien, Klangbogen Wien, Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Bayerische Staatsoper and the Salzburger Festspiele. The ensemble has also been welcomed in the USA and in Japan.
The CD recording with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink (four cantatas by Francesco Conti) was awarded a Diapason d’or only one week after being issued. Gunar Letzbor and his ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria were presented with the Cannes Classical Award 2002 for their recording of the Capricci Armonici by G.B. Viviani.

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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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The ensemble, led by Gunar Letzbor, offers effective support and most of the affective quality of these performances.
American Record Guide, 01-5-2024

Gunar Letzbor conducts an ensemble of five musicians from the violin in the manner we know: frank accentuation and vigorously structured lines, which contrast with the disembodied voice of the Austrian countertenor whose creativity of the da capo we especially appreciate.
Classica, 01-5-2024

In this historiographical novelty, in the interest of music, of high level, the greatest attraction of this recording lies in the fidelity to the writing. (...) Letzbor and his ensemble—like countertenor Alois Mülhbacher— barely make  remarkable artistic decisions beyond the will of the strict objectivism of serving the musical text; with pristine tuning and beautiful sound, well enhanced by the recording. (..) Disc for collectors and enthusiasts of the genre.
Scherzo, 01-4-2024

Surprisingly enough, these three cantatas 'per Contralto con Violini' have not yet been recorded, but now they have (finally!) done so, in excellent performances, in which the historical performance practice has clearly been the guiding principle.
Opus Klassiek, 01-4-2024

Alois Mühlbacher sings these laments expressively, with smooth tone and accurate semiquaver runs. (...) He is excellently supported by Ars Antiqua Austria: a special word of praise for the violinist Gunar Letzbor and the nice rubato on descending semiquavers that he introduces into the second aria of Sopra l'orme d'Irene.
Gramophone, 01-3-2024

In order to make the experimental Bononcini explode as a brilliant fireworker, some artist excellence is required. Sound homework that has been completed without errors is presented here. But nothing more.
Rondo Magazine, 27-1-2024

All recording premieres, chosen by violinist Gunar Letzbor, who sympathetically accompanies the soloist with his ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria. 
De Volkskrant, 18-1-2024

The Ars Antiqua Austria ensemble under the direction of violinist Gunar Letzbor plays very energetically and accompanies Mühlbacher’s singing effectively.
Pizzicato, 03-1-2024

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01.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Rez. Mentre al novo apparir
01:13
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
02.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Aria Più barbaro martire
05:29
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
03.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Rez. Miracolo è d´amor
00:40
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
04.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Aria Colorita ho nel pensiero
04:57
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
05.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Rez. In quelle chiome d'oro
00:41
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
06.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Aria Quanto più cara
03:18
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
07.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Rez. Così mentre dispera
01:06
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
08.
Lontananza - Cantata in contralto con VV. di Antonio Bononcini: Aria S´io ritorno
03:51
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
09.
Tanto avezzo - Cantata con violini: Aria Tanto avezzo
04:36
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
10.
Tanto avezzo - Cantata con violini: Rez. Dal dì che chiuse i rai
00:50
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
11.
Tanto avezzo - Cantata con violini: Aria Da primi nodi suoi
05:15
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
12.
Tanto avezzo - Cantata con violini: Rez. Ma nel di lei bel foco
00:33
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
13.
Tanto avezzo - Cantata con violini: Aria M´uccida Amore
04:23
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
14.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Rez. Sopra l´orme d´Irene
00:47
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
15.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Aria Uscite, o gemiti
04:37
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
16.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Rez. Se dell´idol ch´adoro
01:11
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
17.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Aria Più molesta è la tempesta
08:12
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
18.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Rez. Torna, deh, torna, Irene
00:24
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
19.
Sopra l´orme d´Irene - Cantata : Aria Dal tuo rigor
05:06
(Antonio Bononcini) Alois Mühlbacher, Ars Antiqua Austria
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