Weichlein Encaenia Music Essay

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The cardle of violin playing stands in Italy from where Fermany was influenced by masters like Carlo Farina, who in his rather short life appeared at the courts of Parma, Lucca, Modena as well as in Cologne, Prague and Dresden, Vienna and Danzig. He spent his most creative time at the court of the Saxonian electorate George I in Dresden. During his time he published all his known works in five collections. The selection from these works presented on this recording splendidly documents the violin technique of the time. Farina not only influenced the great German violinists of his time but also of later generations with names like Schmeltzer, Biber or Walther. Leila Schayegh's recordings were rewarded twice with the Diapason d'Or of the Year and others like the Gramophone Editor's Choice. Her virtuoso and lively playing on this album will give the listener an idea of the enormous impression Farina left behind.

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Recording information: Alte Kirche Fautenbach, Achern (Germany) (06/28/2016).


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Weichlein: Messen

Accent - ACC 24342
Radu Marian, cantus
Martin Wild, cantus
Markus Forster, alto
St. Florianer Sängerknaben / Franz Farnberger
Vokalensemble Nova / Colin Mason
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Nagrody i rekomendacje

CD 1:
Canon über das Post-Hörnl
Eripe me Domine
Missa Rectorum Cordium

CD 2:
Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis
Missa Gloriosae Virginis in Coelo
Romanus Weichlein was born in Linz from parents who were both musicians and who gave him a good musical education. He received his first musical training at the abbey of Lambach and entered the Benedictine Order in 1671. He went to Salzburg where he got acquainted with Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. He returned to Lambach, and later became chaplain and musical director of the Benedictine convent of Nonnberg in Salzburg.

His oeuvre consists of twelve sonatas for strings and bc opus 1 and a collection of seven mass settings opus 2. The latter collection is the source of the two masses of the second disc; the Missa Rectorum Cordium has been preserved in manuscript. The masses don't contain very virtuosic parts, with the exception of some vocal passages now and then. Polyphonic and homophonic episodes alternate, there are tutti and solo sections and instrumental preludes and interludes. Weichlein also makes use of the practice of instruments playing colla parte, for instance 3 trombones in the Missa Rectorum Cordium.

“The St. Florianer Sängerknaben is really an outstanding choir of boys - sopranos and altos - which produces a warm sound and sings with great flexibility and excellent text expression … These are enthralling recordings which show a lesser-known aspect of Austrian music-making in the time of Biber.” (musica-dei-donum)

Recording: November 2004 (CD 2) & September 2006 (CD 1), Augustiner Chorherrenstift St. Florian (Austria)

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