Notes and Editorial Reviews
Musically outstanding, though lower the volume for the best perspective
No dogma here from Florilegium. They have jettisoned authoritarian ‘authenticity’ and taken responsibility for considering options – which is what interpretation is about. So, no double dotting in the introduction of the French-style Overture. It is played as written, but not stolidly, as by Musica Antiqua Köln, because crisp attack is allied to a flowing but pliant treatment of the basic pulse. This is a pointer to how these artists recreate music that doesn’t contain many pointers to how it might be recreated.
Florilegium don’t put a foot wrong in their decisions about tempo, articulation, phrasing and dynamics. Nor do they
follow others in this field and spoil ensemble with a dominating keyboard continuo. Instead, its role is what it ought to be – a discreet yet eloquent guiding force. And they don’t ignore that elusive quality called content. Try the Loure (track 4) where through the appropriate weighting of accents and evocative shaping of lines, the melancholia also woven into this slow jig is captured. Rhythms are shaped too, by slight changes in the stressing of note patterns. This way, a seemingly unvaried design (as in the first movement of the D minor Quartet), reveals different facets to its makeup.
Intelligent thinking also comes from another period instrument group, the Orchestra of the Golden Age. As yet, they lack the ultimate in technical refinement; but their recordings offer spaciousness and perspective that is only discerned on the current release if the volume is cut to curb a ridiculously high output level that coarsens tone and flattens the image. Musically, though, an outstanding disc.
-- Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone [2/2003]
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
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