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Verso Venezia - Castello, Merula, Legranzi: Sonate & Canzoni / Pallade Musica

Castello / Merula / Legrenzi
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2697   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni LegrenziDario CastelloTarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The emotive contrasts and technical demands of these diverse sonatas are exploited adroitly by the violonist Tanya LaPerrière, whose fantastic bow work and expressive freedom function in rapturous dialogue with cellist Elinor Frey. Theorbist Esteban LaRotta and harpsichordist Mylène Bélanger provide expert realisations, and the quartet conjure a kaleidoscope of colours, adventurous spontaneity and imaginative continuo realisations in Castello's Sonata prima from the 1629 set.

- Gramophone

Pallade Musica is clearly an ensemble to watch. This Montreal-based quartet is made up of four absolutely top-notch players: Tanya LaPerrière (Baroque violin), Elinor Frey (Baroque cello), Esteban La
Read more Rotta (theorbo), and Mylène Bélanger (harpsichord and organ).

The focus of Verso Venezia is on canzonas and sonatas by the three 17th-century Venetian masters: Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula, and Giovanni Legrenzi. This is a very successful recording: the ensemble sound is balanced and clear, the continuo presence is strong and nicely supports the more virtuosic roles of the violin and cello, and the intricate passagework between the latter two is extremely clean, with stylistically accurate and well-executed ornamentation. Pallade Musica convincingly makes music together and the result is a unified and elegant approach to this 17th-century repertory.

- Early Music America

ATMA presents the first CD by Pallade Musica, the 2012 Grand Prize winners at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York. Pallade Musica brings together four of Montreal's most promising Early Music performers: Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violin; Elinor Frey, Baroque cello; Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, and Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord. The ensemble focuses on repertoire for violin, cello and continuo.

Two genres are offered in this program: the canzona and the sonata from 17th century in Venice. Although they use the same instruments, belong to the same style, and sound quite similar, these two genres have very different origins and aesthetic purposes.

Verso Venezia includes music written by Dario Castello, Giovanni Legrenzi and Tarquinio Merula — Venetian composers who were at the forefront of the transformation of the canzona into the sonata form. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (18), Op. 2: no 7, La Donata by Giovanni Legrenzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 7 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo No. 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2) by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Sonatas (18), Op. 2: no 8, La Foscari by Giovanni Legrenzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1655; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2: Sonata no 1 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1629; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 8 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Canzon No. 11 "La Miradoro" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/11 by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Canzone for 2 violins, violone & continuo No. 17 ("La Monteverde") (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9.
Sonata à 2, "La Galini", for violin, viola da braccio or bassoon & continuo, Op. 8/5 by Giovanni Legrenzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
La Cappellina, canzona No. 14 (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/14 by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
Canzon No. 12 "La Scarinza" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/12 by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Sonata à 2, for violin, viola da braccio & continuo No. 5 (La Cetra, Libro Quarto, Op. 10) by Giovanni Legrenzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pallade Musica
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

18 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: No. 7. Sonata a 2, "La donata"
Sonata settima [Book 2]: Sonata settima a 2
Canzoni da suonare, Book 4, Op. 17: Canzon decima prima, "La Miradoro"
Sonata seconda a soprano solo
18 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: No. 8. Sonata a 2, "La foscari"
Canzoni da suonare, Book 4, Op. 17: Canzon decima settima, "La Monteverde"
La Fugazza, Book 3, Op. 8: No. 5. Sonata a 2, "La Galini"
Sonata prima a sopran solo
Canzoni da suonare, Book 4, Op. 17: Canzon decima quarta, "La Cappellina"
Sonata ottava a 2
Canzoni da suonare, Book 4, Op. 17: Canzon decima seconda, "La Scarinza"
La cetra, Op. 10: Book 4: Sonata No. 5 a 2

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Special music from Venice May 13, 2014 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Montreal-based early music group Pallade Musica recorded their first disc, of Venetian music by the transitional composers Castello, Merula and Legrenzi, in September 2013. It’s a winner in every way. The repertoire chosen is historically important, as the new expressive musical language of the Baroque began to replace the more learned polyphony of the High Renaissance. The canzoni and sonate by Giovanni Legrenzi, Dario Castello and Tarquinio Merula represent a balance of emotion and intellect, and the four talented performers of Pallade Musica walk that tightrope with grace and power, and apparent ease. This rewarding disc recalls a special time in the private life of that most special city, Venice." Report Abuse
 The Past Recaptured May 12, 2014 By Oscar O. Veterano See All My Reviews "Pallade Musica VERSO VENEZIA ATMA Classique Montreal based early music specialists Pallade Musica’s new recording features the work of Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula and Giovanni Legrenzi, three composers from the first half of the 17th century. At the cusp of the High Renaissance and the early Baroque periods, movable type for printed music was first invented (in Venice) and polyphonic vocal music began being adapted for use by instrumentalists. Called canzona, this genre soon gave rise to another compositional form, the sonata, written specifically for instrumental performance. While it’s impossible to say with certainty what those performances would have sounded like, one can easily imagine the playing of Pallade Musica bringing a smile to all three composers whose work is featured here. Having chosen pieces that emphasize a contrapunctal approach, all four musicians play with a virtuosity and youthful enthusiasm that results in a set of performances which feel vital and contemporary, rising well above the requirements of mere historical re-creation. A must-have for early music fans, “Verso Venezia” should also interest any classical enthusiast curious about the roots of Baroque music in Italy. Popular in their own time, the works of Castello, Merula, and Legrenzi laid the foundations later built upon by Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach. Highest Possible Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano" Report Abuse
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