Schmelzer: Sonate & Balletti
Label: harmonia mundi
Freiburger Barock Consort
SCHMELZER, J: Serenata con altre arie, Polnische Sackpfeiffen, Sonata amabilis a 4, Balletto di Pastori e Ninfe, Sonata a due in D, Balletto primo di Spoglia di Papagi, Sonata IV a 6 in A, Variationen über La bella pastora, Balletto di Zeffiri, Sonata a due Violini scordati, Sonata (Battaglia) a 7
On this fascinating disc, the Freiburger BarockConsort has chosen to illustrate the compositions of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer as elements in a "world theatre." This is an ideal concept for exploring the multiple facets of one of the great masters of 17th-century Austrian instrumental music, whose sonatas and dance suites had such influence both at the Habsburg court for which they were written and with the composers who followed in his footsteps (notably Biber).