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Sprezzatura - Virtuoso Music of 17th-Century Italy (2000)

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Sprezzatura - Virtuoso Music of 17th-Century Italy (2000)

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Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde - Canzon prima a 3
Salomone Rossi - Sonata No.4 sopra l'aria di Ruggiero
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Canzon seconda a tre
Dario Castello Sonata for 3 instruments & continuo No. 12
Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde - Canzon quarta a due
Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde - Canzona quarta a 3
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Tocatta Settima
Biagio Marini - Sonata la Monica
Giovanni Picchi - Ballo ditto il Steffanin
Giovanni Picchi - Todescha con il suo balletto
Giovanni Picchi - Padoana, "La Ongara"
Dario Castello - Sonata for 3 instruments & continuo No. 12
Biagio Marini - Balletto primo 3:14
Biagio Marini - Sonata sopra "Fuggi dolente core" play
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Canzon Terza, a due canti play
Salomone Rossi - Sonata detta la Casalasca
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Canzon prima a tre
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Aria detta 'la Frescobalda'
Tarquinio Merula - Chiaccona a 3

La Luna:
Ingrid Matthews & Scott Metcalfe, violin
Emily Walhout, cello
Byron Schenkman, harpsichord & organ

Recorded: Lyndeborough Congrational Church, Lyndeborough Center, NH, USA; 08-09/1998
The harpsichord featured on this disc is modeled after one by Alessandro Trasuntino (Venice, 1531) that was rebuilt in the 1690's.


This disc is an interesting combination of various short pieces from the enterprising American label, Dorian. The period is late 16th to 17th centuries and includes some very intriguing styles ranging from the inimitable flourishes of Frescobaldi to the almost unknown prowess of Biagio Marini. The number of harpsichord and organ solos are brilliantly played by Byron Schenkman who is definitely a virtuoso player of the highest order. I warmed to his interpretation of Frescobaldi's 'Canzona Quarta' and the short but very alive pieces by Giovanni Picchi who is apparently another 'discovery' on disc. The other players are also well-groomed artists who lend expression and style in the sonata items, which are also brilliantly exposed by Dorian's rich and lifelike recording. The whole project is admirably conceived and with detailed notes and superb presentation deserves an immediate unqualified recommendation.

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