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There are baroque bands that are frankly dull and there are others on whom stylistic felicity sits naturally and gracefully; II Giardino Armonico, an 11-strong period-instrument group of young Italians, is one of the most joyous to have come my way. Italy, the birthplace of the baroque, has been curiously slow in coming forward with a specialized unit such as this, but the wait has been worthwhile; II Giardino Armonico are as Italian as the music itself—brightly coloured, individualistic, confident, stylish, arrestingly decorated, bubbling with enthusiasm and ... add your own adjectives.
The only un-Italian thing about them is their collective unanimity! Set these performances against any others in the catalogue and, with no
detriment to the others, the differences are likely to deal you a blow to the solar plexus. Any sneaking fear that such unbridled élan leads to a uniformly vigorous approach is unfounded; equally 'Italian' is their wide dynamic range, dramatically exploited in RVI04 and RV63, and all calls for serenity are answered.
The recording is as bright and clear as the music, and the balance short-changes no one —not even those who operate the plucked strings. The enthusiasm of my recommendation matches that with which II Giardino Armonico patently made this recording. More, please, and soon!
-- Gramophone [7/1994]
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