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Biber with the Baroque Band and Musica Antiqua Cologne

Two excellent recordings of music by H.I.F. Biber with the Baroque Band (Cedille) and Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv).

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

In concert with the Baroque Band (Garry Clarke, dir.).

Heinrich Biber was one the German baroque’s great violin virtuosos. His compositions were highly respected in their day and are still enjoyed by performer and audience member, alike.

A recent Cedille label recording by the Baroque Band of Biber’s orchestral suites known as “Mensa Sonora” is a wonderful addition to the Biber discography. Directed by Garry Clarke, the orchestra’s performance is an ideal blend of high energy and poetry. As a bonus, the recording includes Biber’s spirited “Battalia.”

Musica Antiqua Cologne’s 1990 recording of works by Biber is surely a classic. Their program combines many of Biber’s most popular orchestral pieces alongside charming ones by contemporaries Johann Schmelzer and Johann Walther. If there are only a handful of Musica Antiqua Cologne recordings that can be called signature, this is one of them.

Music Heard On This Episode

H.I. Biber: From Pars I in D major, Courante
Baroque Band/Garry Clarke — Mensa Sonora and Battalia (Cedille, 2010)
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H.I. Biber: From Pars I in D major, Courante
Baroque Band/Garry Clarke — Mensa Sonora and Battalia (Cedille, 2010)
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H.I. Biber: From Battalia, Sonata (Allegro)
Baroque Band/Garry Clarke — Mensa Sonora and Battalia (Cedille, 2010)
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H.I. Biber: From Balletto a 4 “Fechtschule,” Fechtschule
Musica Antiqua Cologne/Reinhard Goebel — Scherzi Musicali: Biber, Schmelzer, and Walther (Archiv, 1990)
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H.I. Biber: From Serenada a 5 “Der Nachtwächter,” Ciacona “Lst Ihr Herrn und last euch sagn”
Musica Antiqua Cologne/Reinhard Goebel — Scherzi Musicali: Biber, Schmelzer, and Walther (Archiv, 1990)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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