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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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Ferveur & Extase
Stéphanie d'Oustrac (mezzo) & Violaine Cochard (harpsichord, direction)
From Dido's desperate love to Mary's poignant fervour...
This sumptuous album, combines the sacred and profane, the cult of the Virgin Mary as opposed to Dido, Queen of Carthage, almost exclusively by 17th century Venetian Baroque composers.
It includes the iconic aria [Dido's Lament], Cavalli's Lamento di Didone and Scarlatti's Didone delirante, long thought lost, and a previously unrecorded cantata by Faggioli.
The vocally distinctive, theatrically brilliant French mezzo Stephanie d'Oustrac is accompanied by Ens Amarillis and Violaine Cochard.
“the sequence never feels like a series of bleeding chunks - indeed, among recordings of 17th-century Italian music, this programme stands out for its musical integrity and cohesiveness...d'Oustrac responds to the music's vacillating moods with a gorgeous variety of vocal effects and colours.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 *****
“[d'Oustrac] demonstrates arresting dramatic personality and intelligence with text to go with a mezzo voice with enough flexibility, lyrical composure and fragility enough to prevent her from sounding like an identikit raving lady.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012
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