Con arte e maestria: Virtuoso Violin Ornamentation from the Dawn of the Italian Baroque | Resonus Classics RES10282

Con arte e maestria: Virtuoso Violin Ornamentation from the Dawn of the Italian Baroque

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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10282

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd July 2021

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About

The decades around 1600 bore witness to the flourishing of a remarkable musical tradition: the art of diminution, in which simple melodies were given exquisitely virtuosic embellishments, effectively creating new works.

One such creation, Francesco Rognoni’s ornamentation of Palestrina’s Io son ferito, was captioned ‘con arte e maestria’ – with art and mastery – referring to the consummate  craftsmanship displayed in its invention and performance.

Giving new life to this tradition was the inspiration for this unique programme: alongside iconic works from the diminution canon, Monteverdi String Band members Oliver Webber and Steven Devine present newly ornamented versions of a selection of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century works.

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