Rapsodia Italiana: Stylus phantasticus in Early Baroque | Pan Classics PC10432

Rapsodia Italiana: Stylus phantasticus in Early Baroque


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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10432

Barcode: 7619990104327

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 4th February 2022



In 1650, the scholar Athanasius Kircher wrote for the first time about a phenomenon that had been familiar to the music world for some time: rhapsodically free instrumental music-making, in which virtuosity is expressively in the foreground and compositional inspirations sometimes disregard the rules of harmony. Kircher called this "stylus phantasticus".

With the development of the monody in Italy around 1600, vocalists initially moved the hearts of the audience, but soon the best instrumentalists emulated them in their own way. The melody instruments swung into their own solo and duo songs, which even today impress in rhetoric and emotionality without words.

CordArte presents outstanding examples of this new art under the motto "Rapsodia italiana". Here, the violin in particular can make its mark as a new virtuoso instrument. But the viola da gamba also comes into its own. Last but not least, the harpsichord and organ demonstrate their qualities both as harmonic accompanists and as soloists.

- Daniel Deuter (violin)
- Heike Johanna Lindner (viola da gamba, lirone)
- Markus Märkl (harpsichord, organ)

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