Harmonia Podcast #151: German Baroque Violin Sonatas

28

January
2011

If you like your Baroque music muscular and touching in equal measure, then you’ll appreciate violinist Anton Steck and harpsichordist Christian Rieger performing J.G. Pisendel and Heinrich Biber on the CPO label.

It’s not just that Steck is as fine a baroque violin virtuoso as can be heard anywhere, but Rieger’s basso continuo is exceptionally good. His full and resonant sound reflects an orthodox approach to the Italo-German Baroque style that many harpsichordists shy away from because of the commitment and discipline it requires.

In the Biber CD, guests Hille Perl, viola da gamba, and Lee Santana, theorbo, complement the duo beautifully.

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