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Composer: Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich (1620-1680)

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Year of birth1620
Year of death1680
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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New York CityMonteverdi Echoes | Venice to Vienna

Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Farina, Schmelzer, Bertali, Biber
Early Music New York; Frederick Renz

ViennaPurcell, Vivaldi, Schmelzer, Couperin

Purcell, Vivaldi, Schmelzer, Couperin
Concentus Musicus Wien

StuttgartTürkenschlacht bei Wien 1683

Schmelzer, Biber, Fux
Les Passions de l'Ame
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Austrian Baroque with an exotic twist

Les Passions de L'ame © Guillaume Perret
In this year's London Festival of Baroque Music, the programme of Austrian Baroque rarities by Swiss-based early music group Les Passions de l’Ame particularly caught my eye.
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Early music meets jazz: A Baroque jam session with Rolf Lislevand at the Rheingau Music Festival

Rolf Lislevand  ©  Francesca Pfeffer
Founded in 2005, Concerto Stella Matutina hail from the musically rich Vorarlberg region of Austria (home of the Schubertiade). For this evening’s concert, they were represented by two violins, a viola, cello and double bass apiece, a concert organ and percussion, plus their magnificent Baroque brass section – three players with a variety of horns, trumpets, trombones and cornetts.
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Biber (mostly) without Bach: Georg Kallweit and Benjamin Bayl at the Nordland Music Festival

©  Nordlands Musikkfestuka
When naming a recital programme for two composers, say “Biber and Bach”, it is usually a good idea to actually include both composers on said recital programme. Sunday’s recital with Georg Kallweit and Benjamin Bayl of the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin apparently didn’t get the memo, and only played music by one of the announced composers: Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704).
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