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Home » Composers » German Composers » Biber

Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)

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Recent Recordings

Biber. Vespro della Beata Vergine. Kerll. Missa in Fletu Solatium. Accent (1 CD, September 2013). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas. Dorian DSL-92127 (2 CDs, February 2011). Julia Wedman, violin; Felix Deak, viola da gamba; Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord & organ; Lucas Harris, lute; Julia Seager Scott, harp. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Vesperae longiores ac breviores (1693). Carus 83.328 (1 CD, February 2011). Simon Carrington, Yale Schola Cantorum. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas. Coviello COV 21008 (2 CDs, September 2010). Daniel Sepec, violin; Hille Perl, viola da gamba; Michael Behringer, harpsichord; Lee Santana, lute. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Missa Salisburgensis. NCA 60192 (1 CD, June 2008). Sergio Balestracci, La Stagione Armonica. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Fidicinium Sacro Profanum 1683. Zig-Zag Territoires 080701 (1 CD, June 2008). David Plantier, Les Plaisirs du Parnasse. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas. Arts Music 47735-8 (2 CDs, April 2008). Details. Riccardo Minasi, violin. Bizzarie Armoniche. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas. ABC Classics 4766831 (2 CDs, February 2008). Details. Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin, Rosanne Hunt, cello;  Linda Kent, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Mensa sonora, seu Musica instrumentalis / Sonata in A major. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0748 (1 CD, January 2008). The Purcell Quartet. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Biber. Vesperae Longiores ac Breviores 1693. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, ISM 001-04 (1 CD, November 2005). Simon Carrington, Yale Schola Cantorum. US | UK | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Missa Christi resurgentis (1673-74). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907397 (1 CD, August 2005). Review by Dr. James Clements. New edition by Dr. James Clements. Andrew Manze, The English Concert. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Violin Sonatas from the Kremsier Archive. cpo 777 124-2 (1 CD, August 2005). Anton Steck, Hille Perl, Christian Rieger, Lee Santana. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Missa Christi resurgentis (1673-74). Kleos KL5135 (1 CD, May 2005). Review by Dr. James Clements. Andrew Parrott. The New York Collegium. US | UK | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Vespro della Beata Vergine. Sony BMG 82876 70932 2 (1 CD, July 2005). Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale. DE | FR
Biber. Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas. Oehms Classics OC 514 (2 CDs, May 2005). Details. Ensemble Lyriarte: Rüdiger Lotter, violin; Axel Wolf, lute, theorbo & guitar; Olga Watts, harpsichord & organ. UK | DE | JP
Biber. Soldiers, Gypsies, Farmers & Night Watchmen. Challenge SACC 72132 (1 CD, October 2004). Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. Favorably reviewed by Brian Clark, who was pleasantly surprised to hear a dulcimer in the continuo lineup for two pieces. Early Music Review 105:26 (February 2005). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Sonatae tam aris quam servientes. Challenge CC 72129 (1 CD, August 2004). Jan Willem de Vriend, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. UK | DE | FR | JP
Johann Joseph Vilsmayr (1663-1722). Artificiosus Concentus pro camera à Violino Solo (Salzburg 1715). Arcana A328 (1 CD, October 2004). Gunar Letzbor, violin. French translation of Letzbor's notes on abeillemusic.com. Six partitas for unaccompanied violin. UK | DE | FR | JP
Biber & Georg Muffat. Der Türken Anmarsch. Details. ECM New Series 1837 (1 CD, October 2004). John Hollloway, violin; Aloysia Assenbaum, organ; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Requiem in f minor & German Mass 'Media Vita in Morte Sumus'. Details. DG-Archiv 474 714-2 (1 CD, October 2004). July 2004 concert review. Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort & Players. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Missa bruxellensis (1701?). Possible release in ?. Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music. Emma Kirkby & Joanne Lunn, sopranos; Michael Chance & Tim Mead, countertenors; Rufus Müller & Robert Murray, tenors; Michael George & Stephen Richardson basses. Program notes by Lindsay Kemp for the 2004 Proms. Interesting pre-prom talk given by Dr. James Clements in which he describes detective work by Ernst Hintermaier that led him to conclude that the Missa Bruxellensis and Missa Salisburgensis most likely were composed by Biber rather than Benevoli, as previously supposed. New edition by King's Music.
Biber. The Mystery of the Rosary: Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas (c.1676). Harmonia Mundi HMU 907321/2 (2 CDs, October 2004). Andrew Manze, violin; Richard Egarr, harpsichord & organ. Includes a lecture by Manze about scordatura tuning, required for 14 of the 16 Rosary Sonatas. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas (c.1676). Zig Zag Territoires ZZT040801 (2 CDs, August 2004). Details. Patrick Bismuth, violin. Ensemble La Tempesta. DE | FR
Biber. Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas. Monica Huggett, violin. Ensemble Sonnerie. Volume 1. ASV GAU 350 (1 CD, July 2004). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Volume 2. ASV GAU 351 (1 CD, October 2004). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Biber. Rosary (Mystery) Sonatas. Avie AV 0038 (2 CDs, May 2004). Pre-concert talk written by Dr. James Clements and delivered by Philip Pickett at the Purcell Room. Sleeve note by Dr. James Clements. Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin; David Roblou, harpsichord & organ; Paula Chateauneuf, theorbo & archlute; Richard Tunnicliffe; bass viol & bass violin; Timothy West, reader. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Harmonia Artificiosa. DG-Archiv 474 965-2 (2 CDs, April 2004). Reinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas. Alpha 038 (2 CDs 2003). Alice Piérot, violin. Les Veilleurs de Nuit. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Requiem & Sacred music. Ambroisie AMB 9936 (1 CD 2003). Pierre Cao, Arsys Bourgogne. UK | DE | FR | JP
Viola d'Amore. Biber, Partia I-VII; Ariosti, Cantata 'Pur al fin gentil viola'; Ganspeckh, Aria 'Maria schönste Bluemen zirt' & partita; Huberty, Aria 'Un ruisselet bien clair' & duetto for two violas d'amore. Winter & Winter 9100962 (1 CD 2004). Marianne Rônez, viola d'amore & director, Affetti Musicali. Monika Mauch, soprano. Ludwig Hampe, viola d'amore; Ernst Kubitschek, harpsichord; Arno Jochem, viola da gamba; Michael Freimuth, theorbo. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Recommended Recordings

Biber. Unam Ceylum. Details. ECM New Series 1791 (1 CD, October 2002). John Hollloway, violin; Aloysia Assenbaum, organ; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Sonaten über die Mysterien des Rosenkranzes [Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas]. Arcana A 401 (2 CDs 2000). Gunar Letzbor, violin; Lorenz Duftschmid, bass viol; Wolfgang Zerer, organ; Wolfgang Glüxam, harpsichord; Axel Wolf, lute. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Litaniae de Sancto Josepho (c.1692-3); Georg Muffat, Missa in labore requies; Bertali, Sontatas. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901667 (1 CD 1999). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln. Bruce Dickey & Charles Toet, Concerto Palatino. Maria Cristina Kiehr & Hedwig Westhoff-Düppmann, sopranos; Elisabeth Popien, contralto; Henning Voss, countertenor; Gerd Türk & Wilfried Jochens, tenors; Stephan Schreckenberger & Matthias Gerchen, basses. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Missa Salisburgensis (1682). DG-Archiv 457 611-2 (1 CD 1998) & 471 632-2 (1 SACD 2003). Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players. Reinhard Goebel, MAK. CD: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP || SACD: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Biber. Harmonia Artificioso - Ariosa. Astrée E 8572 (1 CD 1996). Manfredo Kraemer & Pablo Valetti, violins. The Rare Fruits Council. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Biber. Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes. Astrée E 8630 (1 CD 1998). Manfredo Kraemer, violin. The Rare Fruits Council. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

The above were reissued as a 2-CD set without texts on Naïve têteàtête E 3002 (2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Biber. Violin Sonatas. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907134/35 (2 CDs 1994). Romanesca: Andrew Manze, violin; Nigel North, lute; Charles Toll, harpsichord & organ. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Reissued on HMX 2907344 (2002). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Biber & Schmelzer. Trumpet Music. L'Oiseau-Lyre 425 834-2 (1 CD 1991). Phillip Pickett, New London Consort. Crispian Steele-Perkins, David Staff, Jonathan Keavy, Michael Laird & David Blackadder, trumpets; David Roblou, harpsichord; Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin; Andrew Manze, violin. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Reissued with Biber's Requiem on Decca 4580812 (2 CDs 1998). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Biber. Arminio. cpo 999 258-2 (3 CDs 1995). Wolfgang Brunner, Salzburger Hofmusik. Giulia: Barbara Schlick, soprano; Claudia: Irena Troupova, soprano; Segesta: Xenia Meijer, mezzo-soprano; Climmia: Regina Schwarzer, mezzo-soprano; Vitellio: Markus Forster, countertenor; Calligola: Bernhard Landauer, countertenor; Nerone: Gerd Türk, tenor; Germanico: Hermann Oswald, tenor; Erchino: Otto Rastbichler, tenor; Seiano: Florian Mehltretter, baritone; Tiberio: Gerd Kenda, bass; Arminio: Gotthold Schwarz, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Pitch

From Bruce Haynes, The Story of "A", page 150: "Reine Dahlqvist points out that the Salzburg Cathedral archives contain many chamber pieces with woodwind parts notated a tone higher than the other parts. An example is a Sonata à 5 by Carl Heinrich Biber for 2 Obue bahse ex C. 2 Violini, Organo con Violoncello, Violone e Fagotto discussed by Hubmann (1994:378). All the parts to this piece are in G except the 'Obue bahse,' (which, as the title says, are in C). As Hubmann explains, these are probably hautbois d'amour at A-1 [~415], sounding in A-major; had the other parts been for instruments at A-1, they too would have been notated in A. The fact that they are in G indicates that they were for instruments at A+1 [~466], a whole-step higher, while the hautbois d'amour were at A-1. This piece is dated 1736, and suggests that strings normally played at A+1 at this time at Salzburg even in chamber works (the 'Fagotto' would presumably have been a dulcian at A+1)."

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