Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Vesperae longiores ac breviores
Composed by Various. German title: Vesperpsalmen /Carrington. Sacred concertos, Litanies, Latin Psalms, Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hymns in praise of the Virgin Mary. CD. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.8334800).
Item Number: CA.8334800
Not later than his appointment as Court Music Director of the Archbishop of Salzburg in 1684 did the composition of sacred vocal music become an official obligation for Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704). Today his extensive sacred works stand somewhat in the shadow of his instrumental music (perhaps with the exception of the Missa Salisburgenis)-and this although many of the treasured stylistic elements of his instrumental music can also be found in his masses, psalm settings and vespers. Thus the litany Vesperae longiores ac breviores, is characterized by the striking virtuoso use of both violins. In a live production Simon Carrington, co-founder of the famous King's Singers, and the Yale Schola Cantorum have made this intimately scored, yet grandiose work known and accessible to the music lovers and enthusiasts. It shows Biber at the height of his creative powers. On the present recording the Vesper is complimented by vocal and instrumental music of Rupert Ignaz Mayr (1646-1712) and Giovanni Legrenzi (1620-1690), two of Biber's well-known contemporaries.