The Bach Players: Nicolette Moonen (violin, narration, artistic director); Rachel Isserlis (violin, violetta); Foskien Kooistra (viola); Rachel Stott (tenor viola); Kinga Gáborjáni (basse de violon, viola da gamba); Silas Wollston (harpsichord) & Jakob Lindberg (theorbo)
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In this vivid new recording, the Bach Players turn their attention to some of the musical currents that surrounded Bach.
Italian or French? Jean Baptiste Lully and Arcangelo Corelli were the champions of these two musical styles – and the main subjects of the many attempts to establish which was the better style. Or could the two styles be united? This programme paints a musical picture of the 17th -century in Europe, through the music of Corelli, Lully, and their contemporaries. Chief among the reconcilers was the organist and composer Georg Muffat. German but of Scottish ancestry, it was he who introduced both styles to Germany. Also included are Rebel’s homage to Lully and Couperin’s to Corelli.
The 20-page booklet includes an essay on this music by the composer Hugh Wood and photos from the recording session. The CD and booklet are held in a packet made of card and without plastic. The Bach Players’ last CD, Nun komm! French overtures by German composers, was received with universal enthusiasm. It was given an International Record Review ‘Outstanding’ award and made a Radio 3 CD Review ‘Disc of the Week’.
“This is the most enjoyable programme of seventeenth-century chamber music I have heard in a long time...The recording manages to capture the strings in gutty rather than silvery detail so we relax and enjoy the music without suffering from steel-string fatigue. Altogether, this is a wonderfully diplomatic programme which brings out the best in everyone - French, Italian, German and performers alike.”
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