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Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Unarum Fidium (contains Schmelzer, Sonatae Unarum Fidium; Bertali, Chiacona a violino solo; Anonymous, Sonata for scordatura violin and basso continuo) John Holloway, violin/Aloysia Asenbaum, organ/Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord and organ (ECM New Series 1668 289 465 066-2).

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Unarum Fidium (contains Schmelzer, Sonatae Unarum Fidium; Bertali, Chiacona a violino solo; Anonymous, Sonata for scordatura violin and basso continuo) John Holloway, violin/Aloysia Asenbaum, organ/Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord and organ (ECM New Series 1668 289 465 066-2)

This delightful recording features the fine and fancy fiddling of John Holloway, who weaves quite a spell while being accompanied by often jaunty-sounding organ and harpsichord. The music on this disc was written in the 17th century, but does not sound archaic; indeed, in these performances it sounds fresh and vital, and you will soon find yourself humming along with some of the energetic tunes. There seems to be a real trend developing of modern musicians rediscovering early music, and some of the more recent ECM releases have been fine examples of what can happen when artists look to the past for inspiration and then apply their modern-day virtuosity and imagination (and the session is recorded in modern-day sound. The end result is timeless music that sounds good any time you choose to listen to it. --KWN
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Nehring, Karl W.
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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