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5.0 out of 5 stars really quite good, 23 Aug 2003
This review is from: Biber: Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis (Audio CD)
Biber wrote sometimes complex, sometimes funny, sometimes achingly beautiful music. Chronologically he pops up just before Bach; sonically, his sound-world is unique. Here are twelve sonatas which he titled "as much for the altar as for the table" and each one does indeed shift and turn, go here and then there - hard to explain, but shifts in tone and melody, where fragments from one section echo in the next, creating a real sense of movement. Holman, Goodman and the Parley of Instruments summon up yet another perfect performance, virtuosity from Crispian Steele-Perkins when needed and ensemble balance when this is what the music demands. At such a bargain price, you should bring this piece of beauty into your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous disc, 31 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Biber: Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis (Audio CD)
I wholeheartedly endorse the very good review here by Kentish Sir Byng - this is a beautifully played disc of fabulous music.

Biber was one of the finest of the composers in the generation before Bach, and this is some of his most interesting and arresting music, in my view. It is varied and expressive, it is thrilling and truly beautiful in places and is refreshingly free of some of the rather overwrought bombast of some of Biber's colossal mass settings, say. The Parley of Instruments (an ensemble littered with star names like Mark Caudle and Crispian Steele-Perkins) play magnificently and with a real feel for the music, and their sound (as ever) is beautifully recorded by Hyperion.

If you have any interest whatsoever in music of this period you cannot go wrong with this disc. It's an absolute cracker (with very good notes, too) and very warmly recommended.
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