Castello - Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, Libro Primo | AAM Records AAM005

Castello - Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, Libro Primo


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Label: AAM Records

Cat No: AAM005

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th September 2016



Academy of Ancient Music


Richard Egarr


Castello, Dario

Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro I


Academy of Ancient Music


Richard Egarr


The Academy of Ancient Music explores a revolutionary period of Italian music through the work of Venetian man of mystery Dario Castello.

Working at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello wrote innovative and ground-breaking sonatas that had a profound effect on generations of Italian composers. Very little is known about him today, but in the 17th century he was actually more widely published than Shakespeare. AAM music director Richard Egarr is a lifelong advocate of Castello, and on this recording directs the composer’s first book of sonatas from the harpsichord and organ.

Taking the form of a small chamber group, the AAM finds itself at its most adventurous and expressive, performing twelve fiercely virtuosic sonatas for violin, cornetto and dulcian that are full of imagination and colour.

This release – the fifth on AAM Records – follows the AAM’s critically-acclaimed series of JS Bach recordings. Their 2015 release of Bach’s St Matthew Passion (AAM004) was praised by BBC Music Magazine for Richard Egarr’s “compellingly original vision”, and was awarded BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week. Bach’s Orchestral Suites (AAM003) was awarded five stars by Fine Music Magazine and was described as “a feast of meaningfully understated musicianship” in an Editor’s Choice review in Gramophone magazine.

“Seatbelts on and enjoy the ride!” - Richard Egarr, AAM Music Director


Whatever we don’t know about Castello, Richard Egarr and instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music show him to be a flagrant pusher of baroque boundaries, his music frenetic and uncompromising but sumptuous. He was a wind player and it shows in the tactile chamber writing: these are works that sound fun to play.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 6 October 2016

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