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Mensa Sonora: Biber and His Contemporaries - Ensemble Masques; Joshua Cheatham (viola da gamba); Sophie Gent (baroque violin)
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  1. Sonata tam Aris 5, for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 8 in G major (Sonatae No. 8), C. 121
  2. Sonata for strings & continuo No. 2 in G minor (from Armonico Tributo)
  3. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Adagio
  4. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Allegro, Adagio
  5. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Ciaconi adagio
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  1. Sonata tam Aris 5, for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 8 in G major (Sonatae No. 8), C. 121
  2. Sonata for strings & continuo No. 2 in G minor (from Armonico Tributo)
  3. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Adagio
  4. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Allegro, Adagio
  5. Sonata for 3 violas da gamba in D minor: Ciaconi adagio
  6. Pars III of "Mensa Sonora", suite for violins, 2 violas & continuo in A minor, C. 71
  7. Sonata No. 7 5 in A major
  8. Sonatina con altre arie, for viola da gamba (or scordatura violin) & continuo in D minor (attrib., also attrib. to Biber)
  9. Sonata tam Aris 5, for 2 violins, 2 violas & continuo No. 9 in B flat major (Sonatae No. 9), C. 122
  10. Pars VI of "Mensa Sonora", suite for violins, 2 violas & continuo in G minor, C. 74
  11. Passacaglia (Mystery Sonata), for violin solo in G minor, C. 105: Adagio, Presto
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Compositions by Austrian seventeenth century composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber heard on this album are not the radical virtuoso music of the Rosary Sonatas or his other works that make use of such devices as scordatura or retuning. Mensa Sonora, the title of a Biber collection excerpted here, means "the sonorous table," and these pieces by Biber and other composers of his time were likely meant as background music for the meals of a noble patron. (This is apparently the reason for the photos of a pomegranate on the ...

Mensa Sonora: Biber and His Contemporaries 2006, Analekta

UPC: 774204990923

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