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Le Temple Du Gout - Mancini, Boismortier, Mancini, Valentine, Etc / Rubato Appassionato


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Ma Recordings   Catalog #: 75   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Roberto ValentineAnonymousFrancesco ManciniNicolas Chédeville,   ... 
Performer:  Eyal StreettSasha AgranovAntonia Tejeda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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LE TEMPLE DU GOÛT Rubato Appassionato (period instruments) MA 75 (62:05)


MANCINI Sonata XI. CHÉDEVILLE Sonata IV. BOISMORTIER Sonata VI. VALENTINE Sonata prima. PHILIDOR _ l’ainé Suite in b. Read more class="COMPOSER12">ANON Partite de follia


Think of a Baroque trio sonata: for flute, harpsichord, cello? For violin, harpsichord, gamba? Whatever combination you imagine, it will probably include a harpsichord. In a few instances, a small organ, or in an extreme case, a theorbo. But the fact is that the harpsichord is the instrument most inextricably associated to the 18th century. So I confess that my first reaction to “Le Temple du Goût” was one of perplexity. How do you record a complete CD of trio sonatas without a keyboard? And if you do so, won’t the result be lacking in color variation—or to put it mildly, boring?


No, not at all. This creative group managed to achieve a result that is more than just curious. This is a beautiful CD, with excellent interpretations from all involved, full of insightful ideas, which get better with repeated listenings. The lack of a harpsichord could have been the group’s downfall. The fact is that, among its many functions, the harpsichord serves as a sort of super-glue, “sticking” the voices together, filling up the musical voids, disguising minor imperfections. To brave the microphones without this gentle veil requires audacity and even a degree of craziness. Rubato Appassionato faces the challenge and comes out of it with flying colors. Not a small deed, considering that one of the three instruments is the recorder, which has a limited palette. This speaks much for Antonia Tejeda, who plays with exact articulation and an ample dose of lyricism, and with the assurance of a world famous violinist holding a Stradivarius. Eyal Streett (Baroque bassoon) and Sasha Agranov (cello) are equally fabulous players, and their interpretation of the Boismortier duet is alternatively serene, moving, and contagiously enthusiastic. The introduction of a traditional Catalan drum in the piece by Philidor is an additional present to the listener, and fits the spirit of this joyful, intriguing gem.


Ah, and lest I forget, the visual presentation is also original and appealing to the eye, with excellent photographs of the musicians, and simple but effective program notes.


This is a CD for Baroque music buffs, for people interested in musical oddities, for musicians interested in novel ways of interpreting well-known pieces. Quite simply, a charming release, capable of pleasing just about anyone, including this grumpy reviewer.

FANFARE: Laura Rónai


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Works on This Recording

1. Sonatas (12) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 1 by Roberto Valentine
Performer:  Eyal Streett (Bassoon), Sasha Agranov (Cello), Antonia Tejeda (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
Period: Baroque 
2. Partite sopra l'Aria della Folia España by Anonymous
Performer:  Antonia Tejeda (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Length: 13 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo no 11: 1st movement, Un poco Andante by Francesco Mancini
Performer:  Sasha Agranov (Cello), Antonia Tejeda (Recorder), Eyal Streett (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4. Sonatas (6) for Recorder and Basso Continuo, Op. 13 "Il pastor fido": no 4 by Nicolas Chédeville
Performer:  Eyal Streett (Bassoon), Sasha Agranov (Cello), Antonia Tejeda (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
5. Sonatas (6) for 2 Bass instruments, Op. 40: no 6 in F major by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Performer:  Eyal Streett (Bassoon), Sasha Agranov (Cello), Antonia Tejeda (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
6. Pieces for 2 Bass Viola da gamba: Suite in E [Phrygian] by André Danican Philidor
Performer:  Eyal Streett (Bassoon), Sasha Agranov (Cello), Antonia Tejeda (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rubato Appassionato
Period: Baroque 

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