Biber - Missa Alleluja, Nisi Dominus | Accent ACC24325

Biber - Missa Alleluja, Nisi Dominus

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24325

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Ars Antiqua Austria
St. Florianer Sangerknaben

Conductor

Gunar Letzbor

Works

Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz

Hic est panis
Missa Alleluja
Nisi Dominus
Pastorella

Artists

Ars Antiqua Austria
St. Florianer Sangerknaben

Conductor

Gunar Letzbor

About

Several masses scored for large forces attest to the outstanding compositional skills of the Salzburg master Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704). For Salzburg Cathedral, Biber prepared polychoric pieces modelled on the grand performance practice in Venice.

The Missa Alleluja was probably composed after 1690 and certainly before 1698: the original score from Salzburg is lost but excellent copies have been preserved at the Upper Austrian abbey at Kremsmünster, which serve as a basis for the present recording. Biber fully exploited the possibilities of Baroque instrumentation in the Missa Alleluja: a chorus with 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bass voices grants him a large number of combinations of voices and thus constant changes of timbre. The strings 'choir' also has six parts, with both violins often written virtuosically. A 'chorus' of 3 trumpets and 2 cornetti is even surpassed in tonal mass by that composed of 2 clarinets, 4 trumpets and timpani. This large number of trumpets emphasises the cheerful character of the work and is luxurious by Austrian standards.

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