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On The Shoulders Of Giants: Tracing The Roots Of Counterpoint

Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 373   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Enrico Gatti's eighth recording for the Arcana label, and the debut album by his Ensemble Aurora in the role of string quartet, is without a doubt the most original of his discography. The result of years of research and discoveries, On the Shoulder of Giants is an exciting journey back to the roots of string quartet writing and counterpoint: from Renaissance tablatures to Mozart's famous String Quartet in G major KV387, the first of Haydn's Quartets, by way of Dario Castello, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Sebastian Bach (the fourth counterpoint from The Art of Fugue) and the inevitable Corelli (Fuga a quattro voci): a concentration of beautiful music, with a programme that encompasses different periods but with a clear main theme, which Read more Enrico Gatti describes so well in his authoritative liner notes. 'A journey into the philosophy of counterpoint: through the centuries and works of some of the greatest composers, the fugue unveils the sense of a conversation in which the instruments renounce their own individuality in order to blend together in spiritual transcendence. Standing upon the shoulders of these giants of the past, we moderns can see far into the distance and forever regain our innocence...' Enrico Gatti Read less

Sound Samples

Missarum liber primus: No. 1. Missa Ecce Sacerdos Magnus (arr. for string quartet): Missarum liber primus: No. 1. Missa Ecce Sacerdos Magnus: Kyrie (arr. for string quartet)
Fiori musicali: Messa degli Apostoli (arr. for string quartet): Fiori musicali: Messa degli Apostoli: Christe II (arr. for string quartet)
Fiori musicali: Toccata cromaticha per le levatione (arr. for string quartet)
Il primo libro di madrigali: La ver l'aurora (arr. for string quartet)
La nuict froide et sombre (arr. for string quartet)
Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Book 2: Sonata No. 15
12 Sonatas (1682): Sonata No. 7 a 4 in A Minor
Fuga a 4 voci, Op. posth., Anh. 15 (arr. for string quartet)
Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (arr. for string quartet): Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IV (arr. for string quartet)
Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546: Adagio
Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546: Fugue: Allegro
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387: I. Allegro vivace assai
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387: II. Menuetto: Allegro (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387: III. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387: IV. Molto allegro

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