lunedì 29 febbraio 2016

Johann Abraham Schmierer: Zodiaci Musici (1698) Orchestral Suites

47 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 112 Mb

There are few composers who have vanished from music history to the extent of Johann Abraham Schmierer. We know very little about this composer s origins, education, career and life journey. Some listeners, during or after hearing this recording, may well wonder why this music despite its undeniable qualities and relatively early publication (already in 1902 in the tenth volume of Denkmäler Deutscher Tonkunst) has not been recorded earlier. One reason is surely the fragmentary character of the collection, for six suites are obviously missing. The main reason why his music was ignored for so long, however, was most probably the composer s name. Even an unbiased musicologist, interpreter or music lover who stumbles across his name ('Schmierer' is German for 'scribbler') may instinctively ask Can a composer with such a name manage to write good music? Now, thanks to Petr Wagner and his Ensemble Tourbillon anyone can hear for himself than he can indeed do so!


Zodiaci musici

Suite No. 1 in F Major
Suite No. 2 In D Minor
Suite No. 3 in D Major
Suite No. 4 In B Minor
Suite No. 5 In B-Flat Major
Suite No. 6 In G Minor

Ensemble Tourbillon
dir. Petr Wagner

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