Italia per sempre: Concertos, Sonatas and Cantatas | Antarctica AR014

Italia per sempre: Concertos, Sonatas and Cantatas


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Label: Antarctica

Cat No: AR014

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th October 2019



The RedHerring Baroque Ensemble presents an album of unique repertoire by composers who preferred to stay “at home” in Italy, meaning the music is virtually untouched by external influences. Performed on historical instruments with authentic performance practice in mind, the ensemble bring works by Domenico Sarri, Leonardo Leo, Giovanni Antonio Canuti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Nicolo Fiorenza and Francesco Mancini to life.

Italy is Europe’s largest exporter of wine, and the second-largest exporter of olive oil, but in the 16th century it was by far the largest exporter of music. But some Italians preferred to stay at home: big names like Alessandro Scarlatti and Albinoni, but also delightful incogniti such as Leonardo Leo, Nicolo Fiorenza, Giovanni Antonio Canuti and Francesco Mancini. They developed a hyper-personal style which was impervious to international fashion, and (especially in the South) characterized by extravagance and a distinct couleur locale. Their works are virtually unknown, but as local archives are shedding their treasures through digitization projects, more and more gems are finding their ways to recordings such as the present one.

There is no better advocate for this sun-drenched repertoire than the Antwerp ensemble RedHerring. Founded in 2011 by recorder player Patrick Denecker, RedHerring boasts some of Belgium’s finest baroque pioneers such as violinist Ryo Terakado, viol player Kaori Uemura and lutenist Philippe Malfeyt. These virtuosi bring the all-Italian menu to life in the attractive and acclaimed fashion of preceding projects. Both Klara Radio and Fono Forum awarded the 2016 recording La Muse and La Mise – dedicated to 18th-century French salon jams – with 5/5, while De Standaard called it “at once refined and careless, gold-framed and fleeting; a CD which embodies an evening spent in good company”.

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