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Stile Moderno: New Music From The Seventeenth Century

Stile Moderno / Neri / Marini / Castello
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Acis Productions   Catalog #: 72546   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dario CastelloGiovanni Battista FontanaGiovanni Paolo CimaTarquinio Merula,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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STILE MODERNO: New Music from the 17th Century Quicksilver ACIS APL72546 (73: 30)


Selections by CASTELLO, FONTANA, CIMA, MERULA, BERTALI, MARINI, NERI


“Modern Style” here of course refers to the relatively short, multimovement pieces developed in the early 17th century at the sumptuous courts and chapels of the northern Italian States. These great musicians were sought by rulers with an alacrity that the powerful of a later time put into acquiring Read more artworks, or the saxophones of great jazz artists who died in poverty. Their sonatas—the term at that point having acquired none of the formal constraints it did later—were virtuosic display works framing great emotional contrasts. They aimed to please by both charming and surprising their noble audiences, with successive movements that featured fireworks, popular-inspired dance, dramatic recitative, and cantilena . Especially since the 1990s there’s been an escalation in interest among violinists specializing in early music, which is not surprising. Virtuosic performers enjoy strutting their stuff, and that’s true whether you’re a 450-year-old Venetian or a relatively young American.


Quicksilver is an ensemble made up of some of the best-known musicians traveling the early-music circuit, teaching, performing, and recording. All of them are members of numerous other groups, often emphasizing different instrumentation and works from the broad geographical and temporal span of early music. Featured here are violinists Robert Mealy (of Tragicomedia, the Boston Camerata, Sequentia, etc.) and Julie Andrijeski (of The King’s Noyse, Les Délices, Apollo’s Fire, etc.). Both are excellent performers, technically expert, flexible in phrasing, and stylish in ornamentation, fully aware of this music’s rich sense of theater. They have none of the stodginess and determination I’ve noted in a few other recordings, none of the need to treat the extrovert genius of these works as though it were cautious and bar-bound. The addition of the occasional other soloist (such as Dominic Teresi on dulcian in Castello’s Sonata Undecima, trombonist Greg Ingles in Bertali’s Sonata No. 3) and varied continuo keeps things aurally interesting.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 2 à 3 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 11 à 3 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Sonata No.14 for violin, cornetto, harp & continuo by Giovanni Battista Fontana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Sonata a tre by Giovanni Paolo Cima
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Milan, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Ballo detto Pollicio by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Sonata No. 3 (from Prothimia suavissima, Book 1) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 14 à 4 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Sonata No.8 for 2 violins & continuo by Giovanni Battista Fontana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
L'Aguzzona, sonata for 2 violins & continuo, Op. 1/15 by Biagio Marini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 01/25/1617 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 11 à 3 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
Ballo detto Eccardo by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
Sonata No. 5 à 4, Op. 2 by Massimiliano Neri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 13 à 4 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quicksilver (Classical)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall of Drew University, Dorothy 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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