Bohemia: Curiosa et Mirabilia, the stylus fantasticus


All three, great virtuosos, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Heinrich Franz Biber and Gottfried Finger devoted the best of their creativeness to the sonata genre. At times very eccentric and highly imaginative, also largely influenced by Italy, their art reflects the stylus fantasticus of the 17th-century Holy Empire. The sumptuous courts of South Germany, Austria and Bohemia never failed to attract renowned musicians from Italy or Northern Europe, as William Young. Biber or Schmelzer, whose impressive virtuosity is legendary, have written some of the most beautiful violin sonatas, mingling popular themes and curiosities, such as the famous Sonata rappresentativa, composed in 1669, which imitates the cries of animals (birds, a frog, a rooster and a hen…)!
This programme of sonatas and trio sonatas for violin and viol gives full measure to the extravagance of baroque Central Europe.

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (? – 1669)
La Stella (Sonata 1 op.3)

Gottfried Finger (c.1660 – 1730)
Sonata prima a due, violino & viola di gamba

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 – 1704)
Sonata rappresentativa

William Young (? – 1662)
Sonata for violin & gamba

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.1620 – 1680)
Sonata “Cucù”

Gottfried Finger
Ground (viol and basso continuo)

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Sonata variata a 2 (violin, viol & basso continuo)

Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (c.1580 – 1651)
Toccata seconda / Canario (theorbo & basso continuo)

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli
La Clemente (Sonata 5 op.3)

La Rêveuse
Stéphanie Paulet, violin
Florence Bolton, viola da gamba and direction
Carsten Lohff, harpsichord
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo and direction

Bohemia: Curiosa et Mirabilia, the stylus fantasticus

  • Opening

    • Monday 27 July 2020.