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Listen  1. Schmelzer : Sonata Natalitia a 3 ChoriNikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schmelzer : Sacro-profanus concentus musicus [1662] : Sonata No.2 a 8Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schmelzer : Sonata a 4, 'La Carolietta'Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schmelzer : Sacro-profanus concentus musicus [1662] : Sonata No.1 a 8Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schmelzer : Sonata a 3Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schmelzer : Sacro-profanus concentus musicus [1662] : Sonata No.4 a 6Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schmelzer : Sonata a 5Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 7:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schmelzer : Sonata a 3Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schmelzer : Sonata a 3 VioliniNikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fux : Serenada a 8 : I Marche - AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fux : Serenada a 8 : II Guigue - PrestissimoNikolaus Harnoncourt 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fux : Serenada a 8 : III MenuetNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fux : Serenada a 8 : IV Aria - Più allegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Fux : Serenada a 8 : V OuvertureNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Fux : Serenada a 8 : VI Menuet - TrioNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fux : Serenada a 8 : VII Guigue - PrestissimoNikolaus Harnoncourt 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Fux : Serenada A 8 : VIII Aria - AndanteNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Fux : Serenada a 8 : IX AriaNikolaus Harnoncourt0:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Fux : Serenada a 8 : X BouréeNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Fux : Serenada a 8 : XI IntradaNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Fux : Serenada a 8 : XII RigadonNikolaus Harnoncourt0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Fux : Serenada A 8 : XIII CiaconaNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Fux : Serenada a 8 : XIV Guigue - PrestissimoNikolaus Harnoncourt0:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Fux : Serenada a 8 : XV MenuetNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Fux : Serenada a 8 : XVI Final - Poco allegroNikolaus Harnoncourt0:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Fux : Rondeau a 7Nikolaus Harnoncourt 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Fux : Sonata a Quattro : I AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Fux : Sonata a Quattro : II AdagioNikolaus Harnoncourt 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Fux : Sonata a Quattro : III AllegroNikolaus Harnoncourt 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Classy Re-release from Vienna with Baroque Music Which Deserves to be Heard 13 Jun. 2009
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Music at the Habsburg Court (2 CDs): CD 1: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620/23 - 1680): Sonata Natalitia a 3 Chori; Sonata II a 8, due chori; Sonata a 4 "La Caroletta"; Sonata I a 8; Sonata a 3; Sonata IV a 6; Sonata a 5; Sonata a 3; Sonata a 3 Violini.
CD 2: Johann Joseph Fux (1660 - 1740): Serenada a 8; Rondeau a 7; Sonata a Quattro.
Performed by the Concentus Musicus Wien [Vienna]. Recorded in 1969 and 1970 at the Casino Zögernitz, Vienna [Austria]. Originally released on LP by Teldec. This release (2564-69852-4; LC 04281) by Warner Classics and Jazz 2007. Total playing time: 96'34".

Warner is currently celebrating 50 years of its "Das Alte Werk" series with music from the Middle Ages through to the Baroque performed on period instruments. Some of the most impressive recordings from this era are being re-released in superior packaging (Super-Audio jewel box, impressive cover art, thin but informative booklets with information about the individual musicians involved). The current issue "Music at the Habsburg Court" is currently also available as two separate CDs on Warner's "Apex" label, but the "Alte Werk" edition has the said advantage of the packaging, with a complete listing of the musicians involved (although it seems that the trombonists have been confused with the trumpeters) and an introductory essay which, while rather short, does enable a more intellectually informed listening.

Schmelzer was, together with Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, one of the most famous 17th century composers in Vienna bzw. Kromeriz. His "Sacro-profanus concentus musicus" of 1662, from which three of the nine pieces on CD 1 are taken (the dedication is printed as a facsimile in the booklet), contains some of his most famous "trumpet music" (title of Philip Pickett's recording of some of these works), but it would be too simple to class these works as "fanfares": they are scored not only for clarino trumpet, but also for trombones, cornet, dulcian, chalumeau and strings (violin, viola, gamba, violone), with a harpsichord or an organ as an additional bass foundation. The 40 year old recording with its amazingly clear and noiseless engineering makes listening to the sound of these ancient instruments a delight, and even the somewhat "angular"-sounding violins cannot diminish the pleasure one feels at hearing these pioneering performances of music which deserves to be much better known than it is. Three of the recorded pieces, incidentally, are for strings only, without the trumpets and trombones.

Johann Joseph Fux also served at the Habsburg Court, but a generation later, his "Concentus musico-instrumentalis", from which the "Serenada a 8" is taken, having been published in 1701. The music sounds much "smoother" and generally a good deal more modern than the somewhat backward-looking sonatas by Schmelzer. The chalumeaux are now replaced by baroque oboes, and the strings play a more prominent role, although here, too, the brass has its wonderful highlights (compliments to Josef Spindler and Richard Rudolf; playing the clarino in 1969/1970 was quite an adventure and the fact that they managed to play in tune should not be taken for granted!). The "Serenada" consists, in fact, of three short suites of dance music, some of which sounds, with its dotted rhythms, more French than German. The two pieces which act as fillers, the Rondeau a 7 and the Sonata a Quattro, are also well worth the hearing.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt has always been a somewhat controversial figure, but for those of us who love period instruments and historical performance practice he is something of a first-generation idol. Personally, I have immensely enjoyed these albeit rather short discs and feel encouraged to sample some more of Warner's classy re-releases from Vienna.
Well having indeed 10 Aug. 2014
By Claudio Di Veroli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the previous review duly clarifies, playing clarino trumpet almost half a century ago was a very difficult and deemed almost-impossible task. Kudos to artists like Spindler for this. There is an enormous difference between these recordings and present ones, where fiendishly difficult instruments like the baroque woodwinds and brass are played with incredible perfection.

Yet, I have to say, in this perfection something is lost. As musicologist Neal Zaslaw wrote many years ago in a review of a recording of Mozart with period instrument, there is something hopelessly inauthentic in hearing the music played with a quality of sound emission and intonation the composer would not have witnessed in his lifetime. Things are even worse when many players introduce unhistorical mannerisms in supposedly baroque-style performances (such as messa-di-voce-with-ostensible vibrato in EVERY SINGLE long note on the oboe and the violin)

This is why often I prefer these old recordings of the 1970's, typically conducted by Harnoncourt or Leonhardt. Their small imperfections manage to produce a very good "period atmosphere".

Needless to say, some present day conductors manage to convey this authenticity as well: a good example is Gardiner in his impeccable audio-video rendering of Beethoven's Eroica on DVD.
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