Bassano, Cavalli, Farina, Piccinini, Cima, Mussi, Picchi, Stradella, Pollarolo, Strozzi & Terzi

A
a
-
Album title:
Harmonia Caelestis - Caprice & Conceit in Seicento Italy
Composer(s):
Bassano, Cavalli, Cima, Farina, Mussi, Picchi, Piccinini, Pollarolo, Stradella, Strozzi & Terzi
Works:
find works
Performer:
Charivari Agreable
Label:
Signum
Catalogue Number:
SIGCD 049
Performance:
starstarstarstarnostar
Sound:
starstarstarnostarnostar
4
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Don’t be put off – behind the title from a musicology Festschrift and mail-order heritage catalogue cover lurks an outstanding disc. It’s not easy to concoct a 60-minute nonstop listen from 17th-century Italian chamber music – but I shouldn’t have been surprised that Charivari Agréable makes it such a breeze: ever since signing to Signum some years back it has been planning and playing some peerless programmes. The sub-subtitle, ‘A Ray of Sunshine Piercing the Shadows’, was contemporary French polymath Mersenne’s verdict on Charivari’s guest star, the cornett. As a diehard fellow-fancier, I’ve rarely heard mellifluous swing to match cornettist Jamie Savan’s. In the accompanying booklet keyboard player Kah-Ming Ng makes a persuasive case for the novel combos. Ng’s superbly strutting style in a 1620s Polaccha by Picchi had me dreaming of Hessian boots and a pelisse. And his ingenious medleys on popular grounds of the period give a new slant to ‘fusion’ – though this is no short-order snack but a feast, with substantial servings from Stradella and Cavalli proving they weren’t solely vocal geniuses. Sound is a little distant and coloured but this is a recital to shaft any shadow. Nick Morgan
Ali-Zadeh
previous review Article
Bach, Britten, Falla, Brahms, Couperin & Handel
next review Article
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here