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Heinrich von Biber: Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa (7 Partitas) - The Purcell Quartet
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, The Purcell Quartet, Elizabeth Wallfisch
Heinrich von Biber: Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa (7 Partitas) - The Purcell Quartet
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Slightly bland recording of great music
Steven Guy | Croydon, South Australia | 03/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I think that The Purcell Quartet was slightly "at sea" in this repertoire. They even used the 18th century a' = 415 Hz pitch instead of the much more authentic, and necessary, a' = 466 Hz Kornettton/Chorton pitch. When you're dealing with period strings and scordatura such subtlties are important!

I have listened to this set again and again and find the whole approach of this recording a little "un-engaged". It strikes me that the Purcell Quartet is not at home in the realm of Biber or Schmelzer. They haven't ventured into this repertoire since, so maybe I am right?

There are probably better recordings of the Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa out there, but this one is okay if you are just looking for a pleasant and uninvolved interpretation.

Sorry to all the fans of this recording!"