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Air sets out to trace a baroque journey. It is the story of four unique composers, three of whom were virtuoso violinists - Falconiero, Matteis and Geminiani from Italy, and Westhoff from Germany. They wandered throughout Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries in search of musical inspiration and cross-pollination, and their music and art of performance intrigued and delighted kings, contemporaries and audiences alike
This album shows how diverse the music of the baroque era was. Air blends the simplest and at times most primitive forms of dance music with the most sophisticated and revolutionary compositions of the day, culminating in a work by Bach - the great master, whose title is Hope’s inspiration for this collection, that also includes hits like Pachelbel’s Canon or Handel’s Sarabande
Daniel Hope, who developed the concept of this album throughout the last months, will be an excellent and charismatic spokesperson for this exciting project.
Falconieri: Chaconne In G
Handel: Harpsichord Suite #15 In D Minor, HWV 447 - 3. Sarabande
Ortiz: Ricercata Segunda
Falconieri: La Suave Melodia
Marini: Passacalio In G Minor
Matteis: La Vecchia Sarabanda
Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue In D - 1. Canon
Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue In D - 2. Gigue
Telemann: Violin Concerto In A Minor, TV 51/A1 - 1. Adagio
Telemann: Violin Concerto In A Minor, TV 51/A1 - 2. Allegro
Telemann: Violin Concerto In A Minor, TV 51/A1 - 3. Presto
Westhoff: Violin Sonata #3, "Imitazione Delle Campane"
Matteis: Ground After The Scotch Humour
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso #5 In G Minor After Corelli, Op. 5/5 - 1. Adagio
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso #5 In G Minor After Corelli, Op. 5/5 - 2. Vivace
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso #5 In G Minor After Corelli, Op. 5/5 - 3. Adagio
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso #5 In G Minor After Corelli, Op. 5/5 - 4. Allegro
Valente (A): Gagliarda Napolitana
Falconieri: Passacaglia In G Minor
Westhoff: Sonata "La Guerra" In A - La Guerra Cosí Nominata Di Sua Maestà
Westhoff: Violin Sonata #2, "Imitazione Del Liuto"
Bach: Orchestral Suite #3 In D, BWV 1068 - 2. Air
“In all, here's a striking demonstration of the sheer variety and invention of Baroque violin composers… Although by no means 'period' performances… they are admirably stylish. Hope uses vibrato as a colour and there are some delightful hues in the five continuo options, plucked and keyed.”
“…this is an exciting disc with a heady, pied-piper power over the listener that comes from realising that the bright sense of discovery once felt by these composers is being experienced just as much by their modern-day interpreters.”
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