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The Past Recaptured
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. Veteranomore....
Montreal based Pallade Musica consists of four members who perform on Baroque violin, Baroque cello, theorbo and harpsichord/organ. Their premiere disc features composers, Castello, Merula and Legrenzi all active in Venice during the middle to late 17th century. Each of the sonatas and canzonas in this program are 5-6 minutes in duration with 2-3 distinct subsections.
All of the 12 works are sufficiently inventive and quite appealing. The playing is consistently alert and stylish. As to the differences between sonata and canzon, the superb liner notes offer a detailed discourse. The engineering is excellent with the instrumentalists naturally arrayed in a warm acoustic.more....
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