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Castello & Co: Venetian Sonatas For Winds & String

Castello / Cok / Verschuren / Caecilia-concert
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72547  
Composer:  Girolamo FrescobaldiGiovanni Antonio BertoliBiagio MariniGiovanni Picchi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
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CASTELLO & CO: VENETIAN SONATAS FOR WINDS AND STRINGS FROM THE 17th CENTURY Caecilia-Concert; Bjarte Eike (vn); AIra Maria Lehtipuu (vn); Jamie Savan (cornett) CHALLENGE CC72547 (71:21)


Music by FRESCOBALDI, CASTELLO, BERTOLI, MARINI, SCARANI, PICCHI


Recordings of 17th-century Italian chamber music tend to concentrate upon the violin, or the harpsichord. and with good reason, particularly in the case of the former, since it derives its initial Read more popularity from the first school of virtuosic violin performance and composition. But wind consorts didn’t die away during the 16th century, and both the trombone and dulcian remained popular for some time. This album turns to the usual suspects—Dario Castello, Biagio Marini, and the like—not for proto-sonatas that emphasize the solo violin in a mix of recitative and dance-like passages, but works that either share the stage with winds, or feature wind instruments exclusively. Some of the music, such as Castello’s Sonata Dodecima from his second published collection, will be familiar from other arrangements, but most of these pieces were written for multiple instruments, in any case.


Caecilia-Concert was formed in 2001. It consists of three members: keyboardist Kathryn Cok, trombonist Adam Woolf, and dulcian player Wouter Verschuren. Here, they are joined by a pair of violinists and a cornettist, expanding the variety of textural possibilities: from dulcian and harpsichord in Bertoli’s Sonata for Dulcian, to two violins, trombone, dulcian, and continuo in Castello’s Sonata Decimaterza from his second book. The playing is generally very smooth, with considerable transparency between the parts, and a good variety of contrasting tempos, often in quick transition. A few of the recitative sections felt rushed, and I would have preferred greater flexibility in the phrasing of these as well. While there were numerous instances of rhythms being briefly spread and compressed, some passages seemed bar-bound. All the artists involved display excellent technique, except, surprisingly, Woolf, who sounds slightly off form. There are a number of instances in his playing at faster tempos of smudged passagework, uneven production, and occasional faulty intonation. These aren’t common at a slower pace, and the general level of his work remains good, with an attractive tone, but the problems are noticeable enough, and add up. The engineering is good, resonant and deep without being cavernous. Recommended, with reservations noted.


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Works on This Recording

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Sonata for Bassoon and Basso Continuo no 8 by Giovanni Antonio Bertoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
3.
Sonata by Biagio Marini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
4.
Sonate a due by Giovanni Picchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
5.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 8 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
6.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 15 à 4 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
7.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 14 à 4 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
8.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 13 à 4 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
9.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 12 à 3 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
10.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 8 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
11.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 4 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Venice, Italy 
12.
Sonate concertate à 2 or 3, Op. 1: Sonata no 13 à 3 by Giuseppe Scarani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
13.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 11 à 3 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caecilia-Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 

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