Biber: Sacro-profanum ()

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composed by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

This marvellous collection of Biber's works, played brilliantly by the Purcell Quartet, interposes the 12 sonatas of the "Fidicinium sacro-profanum" (circa 1682) with other short programmatic works, much as was done when he worked for Prince-Bishop Karl at Kromeriz. The "Fidicinium" sonatas for string quartet were revolutionary in their form and their emphasis on harmony, and were created for the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the archdiocese of Salzburg by Saint Rupert. The quick alternation of tempi do indeed ...

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  1. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 1 in B minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 1), C. 78
  2. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 2 in F major (Fidicinuim Sacro-Profanum No. 2), C. 79
  3. Nisi Dominus, vesper-psalm for solo voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in D minor (Vesperae Longiores II/4), C. 22
  4. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 3 in D minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 3), C. 80
  5. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 4 in G minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 4), C. 81
  6. Battalia, for 3 violins, 4 violas, 2 violini & keyboard in D major, C. 61 (B. XIV 122)
  7. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 5 in C major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 5), C. 82
  8. Sonata for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 6 in A minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 6), C. 83
  9. Laetatus Sum 7, motet for 2 solo voices, violin, 3 violas & continuo, C. 9
  10. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 7 in D major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 7), C. 84
  11. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 8 in B flat major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 8), C. 85
  12. Balletti Lamentabili 4, suite for violin, 2 violas & continuo in E minor, C. 59
  13. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 9 in G major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 9), C. 86
  14. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 10 in E major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 10), C. 87
  15. Serenada 5, for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo (with optional bass voice) in C major ("Nightwatchman's Call"), C. 75
  16. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 11 in C minor (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 11), C. 88
  17. Sonata for violin, 2 violas & continuo No. 12 in A major (Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum No. 12), C. 89
  18. Passacaglia (Mystery Sonata), for violin solo in G minor, C. 105
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Biber: Sacro-profanum
1997, Chandos

UPC: 095115060520

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