Sunday, November 1, 2009

Albinoni - Sinfonie a cinque op2 - Ensemble 415

Albinoni - Sinfonie a cinque op2 - Ensemble 415
Baroque | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 300 MB
March 10, 2009 | Zig Zag Territories | RapidShare

A world premiere in which the instrumentation is very original: two violins, two violas, and basso continuo. This recording highlights a misunderstood composer--the elder of the Venetian group comprised of Vivaldi, Marcello, and Lotti; and the creator of a new style made of steady compositional structure and ornamental fantasy full of Venetian sensuality.

Bucking the current fashion for hard-driven VIvaldi, Chiara Banchini and Ensemble 415 (all her pupils) deliver string concerto performances of airy delight. The focus is on the concerti for 4 violins from the ground-breaking set l Estro Armonico. So many notes, interviewing; yet with Banchini's team of soloists everything stays elegant, subtle and unclogged. The disc markes 10 years of excellent releases from this idiosyncratic French Label. --Geoff Brown - The Times - UK August 2007

What these performances have in greater measure than some e rival versions of L'estro armonico are a warmth of timbre - quite distinct from that of l'Arte dell Arco for instance - and a spirit of intimate music-making. A rewarding disc; perhaps the remaining eight concertos of L'estro armonico will follow. Let's hope so. --BBC Music Magazine - December 2007 - Nicolas Anderson

CD Content

1. Sinfonie opus 2 Sonata 1 sol-majeur,
2. Sonata 2 do-majeur,
3. Sonata 3 la-majeur,
4. Sonata 4 ut-mineur ,
5. Sonata 5 si bémol-majeur,
6. Sonata 6 sol-mineur.

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