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Gunar Letzbor

Gunar Letzbor studied composition, conducting and violin at Linz, Salzburg and Cologne. His encounters with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Reinhard Goebel ignited a deep passion for period instruments and performance practice, leading him to perform extensively with Musica Antiqua Köln, the Clemencic Consort, La Folia Salzburg, Armonico Tributo Basel and the Wiener Akademie.  Gunar Letzbor founded his own ensemble, Ars Antiqua Austria, an instrumental ensemble of varying size dedicated in particular to the exploration of the rich, but neglected, baroque repertoire of his native country and its neighbours. Corollaries of this voyage of re-discovery have been not only the unexpected finds of musical masterpieces otherwise destined to languish in obscurity, but also the articulation of a uniquely central-European instrumental sound and its often deeply spiritual inspiration.  As a soloist and with Ars Antiqua Austria, Letzbor has made numerous recordings (including several world premieres), featuring works by Mozart, Bach, Biber, Muffat, Aufschnaiter, Viviani, Schmelzer, Weichlein, Vejvanovsky, Vilsmayr and Conti. Particulary remarkable was his world's premiere recording of Sonate for violin solo by J.J.Vilsmayr and J.P.Westhoff.

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Antonio Bononcini
Cantate per Contralto con Violini
Ars Antiqua Austria
Amandus Ivanschiz
Chamber music at the Abbey of Lambach
Ars Antiqua Austria
Franz Joseph Aumann
Chamber Music in the Abbey of St. Florian
Ars Antiqua Austria
Rupert Ignaz Mayr
Sacri Concentus - Antiphone (1681)
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Rupert Ignaz Mayr
Psalms from Sacri Concentus 1681
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Frantisek Jiranek, Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Gregor Werner
Pro Adventu
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Chalumeaux - Concertos, ouvertures & sonatas
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Partite a 3
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
The Mystery of Sign. Mouthon
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Joseph Haydn, Karl Kohaut
Haydn's Lute Player
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor
Wenzel Ludwig Edler von Radolt
Viennese Lute Concertos
Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor