Psalms from Sacri Concentus 1681 (2018)

Rupert Ignaz Mayr

Ars Antiqua Austria

Especially for recordings, one has to decide to which extent one is willing to sacrifice the perfection of certain musical parameters for the benefit of spontaneity and enthusiastic music-making. For me, this is an important artistic decision which needs to be taken with careful consideration. I hope that many people will feel similarly as do I, and that the music, which we present with much love, will find its way into many souls.

I love to recall the magical effect that the boys’ refreshing, entirely natural and unforced music-making had on us. Since then, over a period of more than twenty years, we have turned our attentions to many treasures of the Catholic sacred music repertoire. We have been able to realise many concerts, tours and recordings together, and we look forward to each joint new project.

Would it be possible for me to perform baroque church music with female voices? Everything is possible! But why should I not realise the baroque sound ideal of the soprano voice if that is possible as well? Of course many things would be easier, and the intonation probably more perfect, if we worked with specialised female singers. It would also be easier not to perform with small (and thus closer to the baroque model) ensembles. It would be more convenient not to use baroque instruments. We could make life much simpler by eschewing gut strings and going for plastic instead – tuning problems would be a thing of the past.

For the choirboys it would also be much easier if they only had to sing folk tunes for tourists’ or Mother’s Day concerts – these would also earn them more money!

I come from the mountains and I love stony paths!

Gunar Letzbor (from: Liner Notes)

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Ars Antiqua Austria

Ars Antiqua Austria was founded in Linz in 1989 with the aim of introducing audiences to the roots of specifically Austrian baroque music played on period-instruments. The music performed at the imperial court in Vienna at this period shows the strong influence of Italy and later of French forms, while Spanish court ceremonials also shape the character of the works. The typical Austrian sound of the period also betrays the influence of the many Crownlands. The political and social boundaries of Austria in the baroque era were far wider than in the 20th century. Elements of Slav and Hungarian folk music mingle with alpine sounds and can be heard in the art music of the period. The Austrian sound also reflects the temperament and character of the Austrians of that period - a unifying element in the melting-pot of many different cultures: the joie de vivre of the South, Slav melancholy, French formality, Spanish pomp and the Alpine character of the German-speaking regions. This fusion of court- with folk music and a strong element of dance music form the typical Austrian sound.
The core of Ars Antiqua Austria comprises 8 musicians directed by Gunar Letzbor. The ensemble is readily augmented to accommodate a still wider repertoire..
During its early years ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA gave numerous concerts while researching the achievements of Austria`s baroque composers in depth. Thanks to Gunar Letzbor's unflagging commitment, many works received their first performance in modern times. Enthusiastic reviews welcomed CDs of music by Weichlein, Biber, Conti (together with the mezzosoprano Bernarda Fink), Viviani, Mealli, Arnold, Caldara, Aufschnaiter, Vilsmayr, Vejvanovsky, Schmelzer, Muffat, Hochreither, Mouthon, Radolt, Aumann and of course J.S.Bach.

 

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Psalms from Sacri Concentus 1681 (2018)

Rupert Ignaz Mayr

Ars Antiqua Austria

Cables: Siltech Mono-Crystal
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Room: Northstar Recording Services BV
Microphones: Sonodore
Notes: Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain monitoring
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Altomonte-Saal, Stift St. Florian, St. Florian, Austria: 26-28 November 2017

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Laudate pueri Dominum (Psalm 112/113)
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Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126/127)
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Beati omnes (Psalm 127/128)
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Confitebor tibi Domine (Psalm 110/111)
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Venite gentes (Hymnus)
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