Paradise: Instrumental Sonatas of Antonio Bertali

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Antonio Bertali was born in 1605 in Verona. In 1624 he moved to Vienna, where he was hired as a violinist and composer at the Habsburg Court and eventually served as Supremus Musices Praefectus of the Imperial orchestra. Following the death of Giovanni Valentini in 1649, King Ferdinand III appointed Bertali Kappellmeister—then the highest musical position in German-speaking lands—a post which he held until his death in 1669. Bertali was a prolific composer of both sacred and secular music, ranging from oratorios and operas to instrumental sonatas, but few of his works were published and almost none survive. Nearly all of Bertali’s extant instrumental compositions (including twelve of the thirteen found in this recording) come from manuscript copies now located in libraries in Kromeriz, Uppsala, or Wolfenbüttel. Several pieces have concordant copies in more than one location, with slightly varying notes, rhythms, and instrumentations (e.g., trombones or bassoons replacing viols).

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released February 25, 2014

Recorded in Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, August 20-21, 2013.
Engineered and mixed by Ryan Streber of Oktaven Audio, www.oktavenaudio.com
Produced and edited by Kivie Cahn-Lipman and Ryan Streber
Additional editing by Jeff Hoffman and Hans Hsu
Graphic design by Marc Wolf
Ensemble photo taken by Ryan Streber and rescued by Ray Smicker
Cover art: “Earthly Paradise and the Fall” by Jan Brueghel “The Elder” and Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1615.

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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