This is a cd I've had for a few years and listen to often - I'm sure the neighbours have heard it more times than they care to remember. However, like all Biber's music, it has a quality that just bears repeating. Lyrical, powerful, beautiful - there's something about Biber and his musical creativity that just captures your ears, and then your soul.
The music on this cd is presented beautifully by the wonderful La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations under Jordi Savall. The Battalia is rousing and majestic, the sound of the battle, its prelude and aftermath are redolent throughout. The recording of the Requiem is, according to the cd cover, a world premiere of the piece at Salzburg Cathedral. It is likely that the Requiem was in fact written for the funeral of the Archbishop Maximilian Gandolph, Biber's patron, wh odied in 1687, and the Requiem would have been played during the funeral at the Salzburg Cathedral, so it is fitting that this recording also took place there. The sound is wonderful, the music totally bewitching, just breathtaking in its scope, its realisation and its beauty. Honestly, if you like Biber's music you will love this; if you don't know Biber's music, this is a fantastic place to start - you won't regret it. Biber's music is eternal and timeless, and this is a great cd offering.