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Daniel Hope - Air
A baroque journey
Greensleeves to a Ground
arr.: Olivier Fourés
Bach, J S:
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')
La suave melodia
Passacalle à 3
Concerto grosso after Corelli, No. 5 in G minor
arr. of Arcangelo Corelli's Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo, op. 5 no. 5
Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437
arr.: Olivier Fourés
Passacaglia à 4, Op. 22
Matteis the elder:
Diverse Bizzarie Sopra La Vecchia Sarabanda O Pur Ciaconna
Ground after the Scotch Humour
Canon & Gigue
Concerto TWV 51:a1 in A minor for violin (or oboe), strings & b.c.
Imitazione delle campane (from Sonate a Violino Solo, Sonata III
La guerra così nominato di sua maesta (from Sonata in A major "La Guerra")
Imitazione del liuto (from Sonate a Violino solo, Sonata II)
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.
“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.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****
“…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.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009
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Pirates of the Baroque
Stolen Masterworks and Forgotten Musical Jewels
“All are played with spectacular virtuosity and mischievous wit. Red Priest go outrageously over-the-top, but return from the other side with previously unimagined fun and delight.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 ****
“Red Priest is no ordinary assemblage of recorders, violin, cello and harpsichord. It takes the bare notes of Baroque as its starting point and allows stream-of-consciousness fantasy to take wing. Beneath all the fun and games there is a bedrock of terrific skill and timing that gives this inimitable group the wherewithal to take the liberties it does. If you allow yourself to be carried along on the wave of all this inventive artistry, the disc will reveal hidden treasure.” The Telegraph, 18th February 2009
“The cheeky early music group has started its own label, and compiled this ferociously enjoyable dish of baroque pieces, both real and bogus, all tossed off with impish élan. Superb musicians lie behind their affectionate stylistic tricks - the pirate treasure includes imaginative Couperin arrangements as well as Vivaldi, Tartini and the fake Albinoni adagio. I loved it all, except for the bursts of nautical singing.” The Times, 7th March 2009 ****
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