Biber – Missa Christi resurgentis

The English Concert

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

During 2004, three hundred years after the death of Biber, The English Concert gave the first European performances in modern times of the Missa Christi resurgentis. Although the existence and whereabouts of this Mass have been known for a long time, it is only thanks to the work of Dr James Clements that it can be heard today. Before I met James, I had pictured an intrepid Indiana Jones look-alike, abseiling his way into the candlelit vaults of Krome?r?íz? castle deep in the Czech Republic, sneezing his way along the dusty shelves and finally laying his hand on a pile of music undisturbed since it was placed there by one of Biber’s contemporaries. 
More Bond than Jones, James described a reality far more prosaic, involving cups of tea with helpful librarians, ugly strip-lighting and many silent hours poring over scraps of paper. The result, however, is the same: we can now hear a lavish piece of music that Biber wrote for the Archbishop of Salzburg. This recording was made in London’s Temple Church which, while not as lofty a building as Salzburg’s cathedral, has as voluminous an acoustic. By placing the four main ‘choirs’ of musicians – two groups of singers, one each of strings and winds – approximately at the four corners of a square we were able to create the impression of Salzburg’s grandeur without losing clarity, which can easily happen in Biber’s polychoral works

Tracklist

1.
Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676: Fanfare No. 4 a due
01:56
2.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Sonata
01:16
3.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Kyrie
03:11
4.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Gloria
08:57
5.
Sonata a 6 (c. 1673) for trumpet, 2 violins, 2 violas & bass
07:10
6.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Credo
11:20
7.
Sonata XII (from Sacro-profanus concentus musicus, 1662)
04:40
8.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Sanctus
04:40
9.
Sonata XI (from Fidicinium Sacro-profanum, 1682)
06:09
10.
Missa Christi resurgentis - Agnes Dei
04:15
11.
Fanfare No. 1 a due (from Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676)
01:32
12.
Sonata I (from Fidicinium Sacro-profanum, 1682)
07:37
13.
Sonata V (from Fidicinium Sacro-profanum, 1682)
03:59
14.
Sonata III (from Fidicinium Sacro-profanum, 1682)
05:09
15.
Sonata VII (from Fidicinium Sacro-profanum, 1682)
05:45

Total time: 01:17:36

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Robina G. Young

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel (DSD Engineer – Chris Barrett)

Recording location

Temple Church London

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

907397DI

Release Date June 6, 2014
SKU 907397DI

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