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Biber: Requiem

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber , Anonymous , Georg Muffat , Orlande de Lassus , Johann Heinrich Schmelzer , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0002UNQ7C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Georg Muffat: CiaconaTimothy Roberts 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mass In B 6 - KyrieGabrieli Players 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mass In B 6 - GloriaGabrieli Players 6:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata XIIIGabrieli Players 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mass In B 6 - CredoGabrieli Players 9:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Abraham Megerle: Peccator and consolator ( 2)Gabrieli Players 4:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mass In B 6 - SanctusGabrieli Players 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Girolamo Frescobaldi: Praeludium legaturaTimothy Roberts 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Mass In B 6 - Agnus DeiGabrieli Players 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Orlande de Lassus: Ave verum corpus ( 6)Gabrieli Players 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata IIGabrieli Players 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Anonymus: PraeludiumTimothy Roberts 1:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - IntroitusGabrieli Players 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - KyrieGabrieli Players 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - Dies iraeGabrieli Players 7:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - Domine Jesu ChristeGabrieli Players 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - SanctusPaul McCreesh 4:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - Agnus DeiGabrieli Players 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Requiem In F Minor - Lux aeternaGabrieli Players 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Media vita in morte sumus ( 6)Gabrieli Players 6:580.79  Buy MP3 

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Paul McCreesh Recording(not mentioned!!) 15 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have had this recording for sometime and find that there has been several places where I find that, to my astonishment, to be no revieews. I came upon this in a second hand record(cd) shop and upon arriving back home, found that there were no write ups here of this recording yet. The sound quality is what we would come to expect from Archiv's top drawer. Really good sound, so clear and focused.

Mr McCreesh is up to his usual high standards here. This is why I am really surprised about no write-ups on amazon. Besides the Biber contributions, there are others by such compsoers as Lassus, Schmelzer Muffat, who opens the recording with a lovely ciacona. We then are treated to a marvellous performance of Biber's Mass in B, which has, from my perspective, has some rather good interpolations from other composers, such as Lassus, Scmelzer, Meggerie and the greatest of them all anon!! If you have not this recording of Biber or want to get to know this composer's music, then I can wholeheartedlky reccomend this recording. You won't be disappointed by these performances of Biber's mass in B or his Requiem in F minor. Great rewards are here to be heard!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found just what I wanted! 15 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
I was searching for a good recording of some of Biber's more famous compositions and was not disappointed. The sound quality is extremely clear and the music itself very beautiful.

Biber was born around 40 years before J.S. Bach and died when Bach was 19. His music is thoroughly Baroque with the commensurate level of polyphony and contrapunctal vocal harmony. If you enjoy this kind of music, then you won't be disappointed by this recording.

An unexpected bonus in this CD is the inclusion of several of the works composed by Biber's contempories and countrymen. Most of these composers were unknown to me before now, but the music fits in neatly with the rest of the program.

I would recommend this disc if you are interested in looking into other Baroque composers outside of Messrs Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. If you want more of Biber's works, I would couple this recording with a good copy of the famous Mystery Sonatas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biber's Requiem Mass 11 Feb 2014
By Csia
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent recording with rich vocal sounds and a superb orchestra under Paul McCreesh. Definitely recommend it to early music lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Early Modern Requiem Mass 10 April 2006
By Scott D. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This program, a "celebration" of the 300th anniversary of the death of 17th century German composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 - 1704), contains two Biber works and a number of smaller pieces from contemporaries such as Schmeltzer and di Lasso. "In the midst of life, we are in death" is the basis for this program, intended to illustrate the early modern pre-occupation with life and death in the wake of the Thirty Years War.

The listener is invitation to compare and contrast Biber's Mass in B and Requiem in F minor. The Mass, we are advised, was likely written for a smaller village church, while the Requiem appears to have been designed for performance in Salzburg Cathedral.

Of the two, the Requiem is a much more compelling and involving work. The harmonies, varied and rich, along with the instrumentation, I simply found to be of much higher order and complexity.

More people should set aside an hour to hear this timeless and ageless 17th century music - written long before the harried, stressful pace of our 21st century "McWorld" - and allow themselves the luxury of a trip backwards in time to a world lit only by fire. I also wouldn't hesitate to buy this disc if you are looking for great examples of early modern German liturgical music performed by perhaps the best "historically informed" ensemble currently in the business. Overall, the disc must be considered another "win" for musical historian Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort. Recorded at the Tonbridge School Chapel in Kent and making use of an organ modeled after a 17th century Italian chamber organ from Lucca, sound quality is very good, with vocal clarity and a realistic bass result.
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