Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ariosti - The Stockholm Sonatas Vol. 1 - Georgi, Harris, Morton







Ariosti's style is difficult to pin down. If you know Buxtehude’s chamber music then add a touch of Alessandro Scarlatti and some interesting harmonies and you have something like it.

Attilio Ariosti Considerable scholarship has been involved in putting these pieces together. The music is treated to beautiful, well-shaped and authentically-aware performances and these have been captured in an excellent recording which is warm yet with space around it. Despite these virtues one must say that this is, at the end of the day, second-rate music; at best suitable for a sleepy late evening with a bottle of Chianti to hand. Nothing wrong with that, I hear you shout, and quite right too. So if you enjoy the music of this period especially its somewhat queer corners then you should seek out this disc without further ado.


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