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Amours, Zéphyrs et Sirènes

  • Giovanni Bassano: Suzanne un jour
  • Giovanni Battista Buonamente: Gagliarda Decima
  • Bellerofonte Castaldi:
  • Sonata 5
  • Sonata 7
  • Ritornello primo
  • Andrea Cima:
  • Sonata a 3
  • D'apres de Rore Ancor che col partire
  • Andrea Falconieri:
  • La Gioiosa fantasia
  • Bayle de los dichos Diabolos
  • Folias echa para mi senora dona Tarofilla de Caralenos
  • Fantasia Padre Falla
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi:
  • Canzona quinta 'La Tromboncina'
  • Toccata cromatica per l'Elevazione
  • Canzon decimaterza 'La Blanchlna'
  • Tarquinio Merula: Chiacona a 3
  • Salomone Rossi:
  • Sinfonia a 3
  • Sonate Duodecima
  • Sopra 'La Bergamasca'
  • Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde: Vestiva icolli
  • Don Marco Uccellini: Aria decima terza Sopra 'Questa Bella Sirena'
La Turbulente
(Frédérique Thouvenot and Susi Möhlmeier, recorders
Claire Giardelli, cello & cello piccolo
Mirella Giardelli, keyboards
Pascal Monteilhet, theorbo & archlute)
Naïve E 8884 55 mins
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I enjoyed this delightful CD of Italian music from c.1585-1650 given by a prestigious team that played the same programme in the 2002 Ambronay Festival; the festival has an ongoing relationship with Naïve Classique and their generally desirable recordings of early music are enhanced by good recording and presentation.

Altogether stylish and a recommendable introduction to an attractive period in the development of instrumental music, based upon vocal antecedents and exploring the different expressive possibilities of solo instruments and ensembles.

This is a sequence of composers, many of them not well enough known to identify individual composing characteristics, but no matter; the gifted players hold the attention pleasurably by ringing the changes on the instruments, with solos interspersing the concerted items.

Copyright © 2004, Peter Grahame Woolf