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John Holloway
Unarum fidium

John Holloway baroque violin
Aloysia Assenbaum organ
Lars Ulrik Mortensen harpsichord
 
Johann Schmelzer: Sonatae unarum fidium
Antonio Bertali: Chiacone
Anonymous: Sonata for scordatira violin and basso continuo

Recorded December 1997
ECM New Series 1668
 
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John Holloway's recital of mid 17th century music mines the rich sonic possibilities of a highly unusual instrumental combination: baroque violin with basso continuo provided by harpsichord and organ played simultaneously by two musicians, both realising the figured bass to the full harmonic, contrapuntal and rhythmic potential of their instruments. Aloysia Assenbaum and Lars Ulrik Mortensen brilliantly support Holloway's exhilarating account of Bertali's "Chiacona" and move with him through the mysteries of Schmelzer's "Sonatae Unarum Fidium".