Extravagantes Seicento: Sonatas for Violin and Viola da Gamba at the Habsburg Court | Arcana A113

Extravagantes Seicento: Sonatas for Violin and Viola da Gamba at the Habsburg Court


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Label: Arcana

Cat No: A113

Barcode: 3760195731130

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th February 2019



The focus of Extravagantes Seicento is the musical exuberance of a century full of contradictions, and at the same time receptive towards all kinds of novelty. By means of a rich collection of instrumental sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord, the recording portrays the peregrine world of composers and instrumentalists who travelled throughout Europe in their search for receptive cultural circles and the degree of financial stability required for the creation of new works. In particular the Habsburg courts of Vienna and Innsbruck attracted artists from Italy and central Europe, becoming hubs for innovation in the visual arts, the theatre and instrumental music. Under the imperial protection of Ferdinand III, Leopold I and Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria, the great violinists of the 17th century Ignazio Albertini, Giovanni Padonolfi Mealli, Samuel Capricornus, Heinrich Schmelzer and Heinrich Biber expanded the technical potential of the violin and the viola da gamba, producing a repertoire of highly melodious sonatas featuring virtuoso brilliance and such eccentricity of sound as to surprise or even disconcert audiences, both then and today.

Girandole Armoniche:
- Esther Crazzolara (violin)
- Teodoro Baù (viola da gamba)
- Federica Bianchi (harpsichord)

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