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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.
Andrea Falconieri: Chaconne in G Major
Chaconne in G Major
George Frideric Handel: Suite No.15 in D minor for Harpsichord, HWV 447
Diego Ortiz: Ricercata segunda
Andrea Falconieri: La suave melodia
La suave melodia
Biagio Marini: Passacalio in G minor
Passacalio in G minor
Nicola Matteis: "La Vecchia Sarabanda"
"La Vecchia Sarabanda"
Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for Violin concertato, Strings and Basso continuo in A minor, TWV 51:A1
Johann Paul von Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Continuo III
Imitazione delle Campane
Nicola Matteis: Ground after the Scotch Humour
Ground after the Scotch Humour
Francesco Geminiani: Concerto grosso No.5 in G minor - Concerto grosso No.5 in G minor - Arr. from Corelli's Sonata Op.5 No. 5
Antonio Valente: Gagliarda Napolitana
Andrea Falconieri: Passacaglia in G Minor
Passacaglia in G Minor
Jean-Marie Leclair: Tambourin
Johann Paul von Westhoff: Sonata "La guerra" in A Major
La Guerra cosí nominata di sua maestà
Johann Paul von Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Continuo II
Imitazione del Liuto. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068
Nicola Matteis: Aria Burlesca
“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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