Vienna Glass Armonica Duo

Vienna Glass Armonica Duo
Glass Armonica and Verrophone

Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger, the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo, studied music in Vienna and are trained violinists. They first discovered the glass armonica through the Strauss opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten" (The Woman Who Had No Shadow). Fascinated by the sounds made by the glass, they formed the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo at the beginning of the 1990s and are now among the leading players of glass armonica and verrophone worldwide. Free of the usual concert circuit, they offer their enthusiastic audiences a lyrical mix of poetic chamber music and a meditative world of sound that is amazing in its intensity. Different "crossover" projects involving language and literature have brought both of them into contact with actors and speech artists like Senta Berger, Erika Pluhar, Peter Uray, Claus Boysen and Christian Ludwig Attersee. These two artists, like the Austrian physician and mesmerist Franz Anton Mesmer, also deal with the mental and physical effect of the sounds made by glass. Their audio seminars offer participants the chance to use sound vibrations to achieve inner tranquillity and regenerate their hearing from the stress caused by the daily deluge of noise.
More information at: www.glasharmonika.at
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Vienna Glass Armonica Duo
Glass & Stones
A concert with the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo (Glass Armonica & Verrophone),
Christa Schönfeldinger (Glass Armonica)
and Gerald Schönfeldinger (Verrophone)
plays works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741),
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Gottfried Keller (1819-1890),
Carl Röllig (1754-1804), Edward Grieg (1843-1907),
Arvo Pärt, Ennio Morricone and Gerald Schönfeldinger
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · ca. 55 minutes
CD
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One of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever

The Vienna Glasharmonika Duo, consisting of husband and wife Gerald and Christa Schönfeldinger, is one of the longest established groups wholly devoted to performing music written for glass and their K&K-Verlagsanstalt release Glas & Steine (Glass & Stone) is of an in-concert recording from the summer of 2006. Christa Schönfeldinger performs on a reconstructed instrument that is almost exactly like the glass armonica that Benjamin Franklin invented in 1761 rather than the crystal glasses in a suitcase instrument more commonly used since Bruno Hoffman revived glass music in the 1950s. Gerald Schönfeldinger plays a modern instrument called a Verrophon that consists of a set of test tube-like glasses and contributes three original compositions to the program written in an idiom very well suited to this exotic combination of instruments. The recording, touted as a "Direct 2-Track Stereo" release, is excellent, made at Maulbronn Monastery in Austria, which has superb acoustics. Although the program includes the expected Mozart K. 617a and arrangements of some other pieces by him, it does expand upon our notions of glass harmonica music. Especially notable is the inclusion of Arvo Pärt's Intervallo, written in open score and usually played on the organ but perfectly well suited to the glass harmonica. Ennio Morricone's Il Gatto is included as a way to vary the sound of the program, which includes some glasses as struck with soft mallets in addition to the usual bowing with the fingertip. However, the most striking piece is Vienna Glasharmonika Duo's transcription of Edvard Grieg's lyric piece Der Kobold, which succeeds well in stretching the boundaries of these instruments, demonstrating that fast passagework is possible and the glass harmonica need not be limited to long, sustained notes, even though that's the kind of musical texture that suits it best.... ...Glas & Steine is one of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever. The resonance of Maulbronn Monastery helps take the edge off the sometimes-piercing top notes of the glass - notable especially in studio-made recordings - and provides an ambience that is appropriately ghostly and evocative...

Uncle Dave Lewis - All Music Guide

Vol. 09: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2006Vol. 09: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2006
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2006

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 9

Highlights from:
George Frideric Handel & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Der Messias, K. 572 (October 2 & 3, 2006)
The "Concert for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano" (July 15, 2006):
Camille Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 168 · Francis Poulenc: Trio, FP 43
The concert "Human being lives and consists" (June 17, 2006):
B. Britten: A Hymn to the virgin · M. Lauridsen: O magnum Mysterium · J. Sandström: Gloria
"Glass & Stones · Concert for Glass Armonica & Verrophone" (June 16, 2006):
Antonio Vivaldi: Largo from "The 4 Seasons: "L'inverno" (Winter)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for Glass Harmonica in C Major, K. 617a
Arvo Pärt: Pari intervallo · Ennio Morricone: Il Gatto a Nove Code
The concert "Awake, my Spirit" (June 15, 2006):
Johann Schop: O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid · Christoph Bernhard: Leb ich oder leb ich nicht
Johann Schop: Ballet for discant viola da gamba & basso continuo
Christoph Bernhard: Der Tag ist hin · Johann Rudolf Ahle: Alles vergehet, Musik bestehet
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 98 Minutes
Digital Album · 29 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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