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Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes

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Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes
Biber: Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes


The renowned Austrian period instruments ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria returns to Challenge Classics to perform Biber's 'Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes' directed by Gunar Letzbor.

Austrian baroque music takes centre stage in the repertoire of this unusual baroque ensemble, founded in Linz in 1995. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this time was initially heavily influenced by the music of Italy, later by that of France; Spanish court ceremonial also had important artistic effects in Vienna. The typical Austrian sound of this era was characterised by the impact of its many royal domains. The political and societal boundaries of Baroque Austria stretched much further than nowadays. Elements of Slavic, Hungarian and Alpine folk music styles had lasting effects on art music, making up its specific sound.

The title 'Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes' suggests that these works can be used for both sacred and secular purposes. They represent the first of several collections of pieces for polyphonic instrumental ensembles (published in 1676, 1680 and 1682) in which Heinrich Biber demonstrated his mastery in handling the most important forms of instrumental music of his time.

Previously Ars Antiqua Austria have recorded the 12 chamber sonatas of Biber's 'Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum', as well as discs of music by Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt, Karl Kohaut, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Graupner, Gregor Werner and others, for Challenge.

Personnel: Ars Antiqua Asutria, Gunar Letzbor (conductor)


  1. Name
  2. Sonata I a otto
  3. Sonata II a sei
  4. Sonata III a sei
  5. Sonata IV a cinque
  6. Sonata V a sei
  7. Sonata VI a cinque
  8. Sonata VII a cinque
  9. Sonata VIII a cinque
  10. Sonata IX a cinque
  11. Sonata X a cinque
  12. Sonata XI a conque
  13. Sonata XII a otto
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