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(22 December – 4 January)
The first time I heard anything by Rota, I thought of Rhino Nota - big notes! Beautiful music, long melody lines and exciting chords. The tension is to touch like in a western movie although these Sonatas and other outstanding pieces are for violin or viola performed by a skilled soloist at a confident level. Good sound in piano too, I think, as many details in Rota's music shine through when the ear gets familiar with them.
All in all a possession to get hold of especially if the music should be part of a repertoire. Nice interpretation, good quality and not the worst actuality either. Dice throw: 5.8 out of 6.0. Do not hesitate. It is probably the only recording with similar content to find!
FORSYTH, M.: Cello Music (Soaring with Agamemnon) (Forsyth, Longworth)
As a new Canadian, professional musician I wanted to know more about the composers of my new country and especially those who wrote for the cello, my instrument. I quickly came across this recording and after hearing a few excerpts online I knew I had to own the whole CD which I downloaded from ClassicsOnline.
Since then I have ordered the sheet music for one of the pieces (Ecletic Suite). The fact that the interpreter is the daughter of one of the composers (M. Forsyth) makes her interpretation all the more moving and energetic. The Duets for two cellos are very nice too, and will make great pieces for students.
Essence of Secular Renaissance Music
I believe this is a very good album. Not very often we have the opportunity to be exposed to the music of these lesser known composers of the 16th and early 17th centuries. The performers capture the real essence of secular Renaissance music, both vocal and instrumental, including the element of improvisation.
Listening to this music the listener can almost visualize local musicians in a small village in Spain, France or Italy, especially when listening to the track "Guardame Las Vacas". The vocal rendition is absolutely adequate to the time period by not being pretentious regarding elaborate technique nor virtuosity, thus, offering a very natural performance. The instrumental "Passamezzo moderno" is one of my favorites.
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