9 March 2012
Concerti Curiosi

"A new CD I recommend highly is "Concerti Curiosi" "

By: Julia Gasper. I cannot imagine a more delightful way to relax on a Friday evening than to put this CD on and listen with closed eyes, letting the music waft over you. Mellow, soothing sounds caress the ear, console the mind and revive the soul. The resonant acoustics are due to the recording being made in the Church of St. Andrews, Toddington, Gloucestershire. These baroque concerti by Pietro Paradies, Anton Reichenauer, Pietro Baldassari and others have been rescued from obscurity by Kah-Ming who finds the neglected manuscripts in archives and transcribes them for his team of dedicated musicians. Where the MS gives only a cryptic shorthand or figured bass, he reconstructs a detailed part complete with elaborate ornamentation.

The seven complete concerti on this disc are well-varied,
sometimes sweet and melodious, sometimes frisky and frolicsome.

The solo instruments include harpsichord, cornett, oboe, violin, and trumpet. The Sonata for four violins by William Croft (a D. Mus. of Oxford University) is a most beguiling work and deserves to be better known.

This is a CD to love, listen to over and over again and buy for
your friends if they have been very, very nice to you. Available
through www.signumrecords.com


Concerti Curiosi

Pietro Domenico Paradies (1707–1791)
A favourite concerto for the organ or harpsichord
1. Vivace e staccato—Allegretto
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto

Anton Reichenauer (1694–1730)
Concerto à 5 for oboe
4. Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Allegro

Johan Daniel Berlin (1714–1787)
Sinfonia à 5 for cornett
7. Allegro
8. Largo
9. Allegro

Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667–1752)
Concerto for four violins
10. Allegro
11. Largo
12. Vivace

Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727–1789)
Concerto no. 3 for trumpet
13. Allegro ma non troppo
14. Largo
15. Vivace

William Croft (1678–1727)
Sonata for four violins and continuo [PG, BS, OS, HH, IA]
16. Allegro
17. Adagio
18. Allegro

Pietro Baldassari (c.1683–after 1768)
Sonata for cornett and strings
19. Allegro
20. Grave
21. Allegro

Julia Gasper.

 1st Aerials Oxford




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