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German Baroque Violin Sonatas with Anton Steck & Christian Rieger

Two recordings of music by Johann Georg Pisendel and Heinrich Biber (CPO).

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German violinist Anton Steck.

Johann Georg Pisendel

Anton Steck is a baroque violinist with an impressive discography that exhibits his dual musical role as a virtuoso and an orchestra leader. Out of the many recordings he’s released, his collaboration on several projects with harpsichordist Christian Rieger is particularly fruitful.

Their 2004 CPO recording of sonatas by German baroque composer Johann Georg Pisendel shows both musicians to be of the highest caliber.

Johann Georg Pisendel: Sonata in D major, I. Allegro
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord — Violin Sonatas (CPO, 2004)
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Heinrich Biber

Not long after the Pisendel recording, Steck explored the sonatas of another German baroque composer, Heinrich Biber, performing works drawn from an important archive located in Kremsier, Czech Republic. Steck once again teamed up with Rieger, plus gambist Hille Perl and lutenist Lee Santana.

The music they make is nothing short of transcendent.

Heinrich Biber: Ciacona in D
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord, Hille Perl, viola da gamba, and Lee Santana, theorbo — Violin Sonatas from the Kremsier Archive (CPO, 2005)
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Johann Georg Pisendel: Sonata in D major, I. Allegro
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord — Violin Sonatas (CPO, 2004)
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Johann Georg Pisendel: Sonata in C minor, III. Affetuoso
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord — Violin Sonatas (CPO, 2004)
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Heinrich Biber: Ciacona in D
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord, Hille Perl, viola da gamba, and Lee Santana, theorbo — Violin Sonatas from the Kremsier Archive (CPO, 2005)
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Georg Muffat: Sonata in D major
Anton Steck, violin, and Christian Rieger, harpsichord, Hille Perl, viola da gamba, and Lee Santana, theorbo — Violin Sonatas from the Kremsier Archive (CPO, 2005)
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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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