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Julia Fritz & Johannes Hämmerle - Notari & Fontana (Early Baroque Music from the Basilica di Santa Barbara, Mantua) (2021)

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Julia Fritz & Johannes Hämmerle - Notari & Fontana (Early Baroque Music from the Basilica di Santa Barbara, Mantua) (2021)

Julia Fritz & Johannes Hämmerle - Notari & Fontana (Early Baroque Music from the Basilica di Santa Barbara, Mantua) (2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks +Booklet) 331 MB | Cover | 01:12:34| MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 176 MB
Classical | Label: audite Musikproduktion

Mantua – cultural centre of the 17th century: Claudio Monteverdi created his first operas and madrigals here, preparing the ground for the works of Giovanni Battista Fontana and Angelo Notari. Julia Fritz and her ensemble have reinterpreted their pieces in the church of Santa Barbara in Mantua, presenting an exciting panorama of musical practices at the time.

​Compared to the Italian centres of power - Milan, Florence and Rome - the Lombardian city of Mantua in the Po Valley is small in size. All the more prestigious was the commitment to the arts by the ruling Gonzaga dynasty: artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Giulio Romano and Leon Battista Alberti created lasting master­pieces in their paintings and architecture for them, whilst musicians such as Giaches de Wert and Claudio Monteverdi consolidated Mantua's reputation throughout Europe. Their stage was within the grand complex of the ducal palace and the adjoining church of Santa Barbara: an impressive synthesis of the arts consisting of Mannerist architecture and painting - and an ideal space for music.

This magical place was chosen by recorder player Julia Fritz together with organist Johannes Hämmerle, soprano Magdalene Harer and harpist Reinhild Waldek to record works by Giovanni Battista Fontana and Angelo Notari, two contemporaries of Monteverdi. Fontana's solo sonatas for violin and continuo, which Julia Fritz interprets on various recorders, belong to the canon of early baroque violin music, while the pieces by Notari, some of which are recorded here for the first time, hail from a British Library manuscript which the composer presumably produced for English music lovers in the circle of King Charles I. They are variations and arrangements of songs that demonstrate the high standard of solo and ornamental art of the time, which were as popular in Italy as in the rest of Europe.

A special feature of this recording is the interplay between a chamber music formation and the famous organ of Santa Barbara. Graziadio Antegnati, one of the great Italian organ builders of the sixteenth century, equipped the instrument with special stops and the meantone tuning of the time; following extensive restoration, it can now be admired once again in its original sound, perfectly suited not only for solo pieces but also for accompanying mixed vocal-instrumental ensembles.

Julia Fritz, recorder
Magdalene Harer, soprano
Reinhild Waldek, triple harp
Johannes Hämmerle, organ


1. Julia Fritz - Sonata seconda
2. Julia Fritz - Aria sopra il Ruggiero
3. Magdalene Harer - Aria sopra la Monica (Modi 8-10)
4. Julia Fritz - Sonata sesta
5. Julia Fritz - Sonata terza
6. Magdalene Harer - Ciaccona
7. Julia Fritz - Sonata quinta
8. Julia Fritz - Aria sopra la Romanesca
9. Magdalene Harer - Ancor che col partire
10. Julia Fritz - Canzone passaggiata
11. Julia Fritz - Sonata prima
12. Julia Fritz - Aria sopra la Monica (Modi 1-7)
13. Julia Fritz - Gagliarda (Digital Bonus Track)
14. Julia Fritz - Sonata quarta
15. Johannes Hammerle - Toccata




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