ARMONICO TRIBUTO – DUNEDIN CONSORT PRESENT DARING MUSIC FOR STRINGS
The richness of five-part instrumental writing was not new to the 18th century: German, Italian and French composers had all exploited its sonority for decades. But it was Georg Muffat, born in Savoy of Scottish parentage, who for the first time reconciled these styles into a single genre. His music, remarkable in its expressive range, combines the sophistication and rhythmic poise of the French, the vibrancy and colour of the Italians and the depth and richness of the Germans.
Pairing Muffat’s exquisite five-part sonatas with works by Biber and Schmelzer, both groundbreaking in their intricate, pictorial detail, Dunedin Consort celebrate the first tranche of composers to truly push the boundaries of technical mastery on the violin.
Navarra Sinfonia à 5 in C major
Muffat Armonico Tributo, No.1 in D Major
Biber Sonata Representativa
Rosenmüller movements from Sinfonia da Camera
Schmelzer Fencing School
Biber Balletti Lamentabile à 4
Muffat Armonico Tributo, No.5 in G Major