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Venice To Hamburg: Schmelzer, Froberger, Weckmann Etc

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Venice To Hamburg:  Schmelzer, Froberger, Weckmann Etc
Venice To Hamburg:  Schmelzer, Froberger, Weckmann Etc


This is the ninth Bach Players recording. Like its predecessors it shines fresh light light on European music, as well as offering much immediate pleasure to listeners. Previous CDs have focused on the effects of the French style on German music (Everyone a chaconne, Nun komm!, and Bach's library), the repercussions of Italian music in France (An Italian in Paris), and the comparison of these styles (Italy versus France). Now Venice to Hamburg charts the passage of a style from Italy to Germany. We hear how the Italian 'stylus fantasticus' crossed the Alps to the centres of Habsburg culture, then on north to Hamburg, with music by Valentini, Schmelzer, Weckmann, and others. The CD centres on pieces for an unusual combination of instruments violin, cornetto, sackbut (trombone), dulcian (bassoon), and basso continuo improvisatory in character, and jazz-like also in the way that each instrument is in turn given a solo spot. This is a new turn in the development of The Bach Players and presents a lively anthology of immediately enjoyable works. It should come with a warning: This CD contains ear-worms !


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  2. Giovanni Valentini (15820131649): Sonata à 4 In G Minor
  3. Giovanni Valentini: Canzon In D Minor For Cornetto, Sackbut, And Basso Continuo
  4. Johann Jakob Froberger (161601367): Toccata No. 2 In D Minor For Harpsichord
  5. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.162080): La Cariolatta, Sonata à 4 In G Major
  6. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata No. 3 In G Minor For Violin And Basso Continuo
  7. Matthias Weckmann (c.162001374): Sonata No. 3 à 4 In C Major
  8. Philipp Friedrich Böddecker (160783): Sonata Sopra La Monica In G Minor For Dulcian, Violin And Basso Continuo
  9. Biagio Marini (15941663): La Rizza, Canzone à 4 In D Minor
  10. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata In E Minor For Harpsichord
  11. Matthias Weckmann: Sonata No.9 à 4 In D Minor
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