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Listen  1. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata I in B MinorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata II in F MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata III in D MinorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata IV in G MinorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata V in C MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata VI in A MinorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata VII in D MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata VIII In B MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata IX in G MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata X in E MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata XI in C MinorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum: Sonata XII in A MajorArs Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 

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This recording of Heinrich Biber's twelve chamber sonatas "Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum" is performed by Ars Antiqua Austria and its director Gunar Letzbor. In recent years the group has forged an impressive reputation for its period instrument interpretation of baroque music.

Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1995 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of Austrian baroque music played on period instruments. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this time shows the strong influence of Italian and later of French forms, while Spanish court ceremonials also shape the character of the works. The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises eight musicians directed by Gunar Letzbor. The ensemble is readily augmented to accommodate a still wider repertoire. Recent recordings by Ars Antiqua Austria on Challenge Classics include discs devoted to music by Fux, Graupner, and Werner.

The 17th century Bohemian/Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber is best known for his works for solo violin, the most well known of these being the "Mystery Sonatas". He also however wrote a considerable amount of music for string ensemble including a set of 12 chamber sonatas subtitled "Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum" which were first published in Nuremberg in 1683. The title refers to the fact that the music in the sonatas combine sacred and secular (profane) styles.

Personnel: Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor (violin, direction)


(5 stars) The musical invention is fantastical and wayward, chromatically adventurous in ways that are more often associated with the 20th century than the 17th. Intoxicating stuff. --The Irish Times, (Michael Dervan), January 3, 2014

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...And an angel gets its wings.... 29 Jan 2014
By Mel Zaloudek - Published on
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This most recent interpretation of 'Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum' is everything I was hoping for and have come to expect from Ars Antiqua Austria over the years......Biber himself must be smiling at this magical presentation of his sonatas!..... congratulations to Letzbor and ensemble on an outstanding effort......i also enjoyed the booklet notes, very enlightening, yet sad as well to hear the news of their keyboardist.......This release stands alongside that landmark recording by Rene Clemencic in the 90's on the Accord label, with Hiro Kurosaki (William Christie's premier violinist) bringing his own passion to the repertoire......Biber, like Mozart, is nothing if not a rascal!.....his music falls completely FLAT when undertaken with mere virtuosity, and only jumps to life when played from the heart, in the Empfindsamer 1999 i was lucky enough to visit Kromeriz and see for myself the castle library, and look at autograph manuscripts by Schmelzer and Biber.....i don't even know how to read music, i just wanted to sit there quietly for a moment and imagine how magnificent it all must have sounded back in the day.....
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