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Il Giardino Armonico-Viaggio Musicale/Monteverdi/Rossi/Cima

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00004Y31C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sinfonia de Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria - Claudio Monteverdi
2. Ciaccona - Tarquinio Merula
3. Improvisation - Tarquinio Merula
4. Sonata IV - Dario Castello
5. 'Anchor che co'l partire' - Giovanni Battista Spadi
6. Improvisation - Giovanni Battista Spadi
7. Sonata X - Dario Castello
8. Sonata a 4 - Giovanni Battista Riccio
9. Improvisation - Giovanni Battista Riccio
10. Sonata sopra 'la Monica' - Biagio Marini
11. Aria sopra 'la Bergamasca' - Marco Uccellini
12. Sinfonie a 3 - Salamone Rossi
13. Sonata XV - Giovanni Battista Fontana
14. Toccata - Alessandro Piccinini
15. Sonata XVIII - Marco Uccellini
16. Sinfonia in eco a 3 - Salamone Rossi
17. 'Vestiva i colli' - Francesco Rognoni
18. Gagliarda 'Zambalina' a 4 - Salamone Rossi
19. Sinfonia grave a 5 - Salamone Rossi
20. Canzon 'la Cattarina' - Tarquinio Merula
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BBC Review

This is among several recent discs which not only provide enjoyable new listening but, as important, reveal hitherto forgotten stages in the emergence of early 17th-century 'new music'. Marini's 27 pieces reflect a crucial stage in the growth of independent instrumental music. The title refers to word-setting to fire the emotions, but here transferred from singers to instrumentalists. Phrasing often reflects imagined text; decorative 'diminution' imitates singers showing off their virtuosity; slurs derive from vocal melismas - several notes expressing a single syllable. In the spirit of 'affetti', 'allegro' and 'grave' are as much indications of cheerfulness and solemnity as of tempo.

The 11 players of Il Viaggio Musicale explicitly opt 'for the greatest possible variety of instrumental combinations'. Some are exotic - soprano dulcian driven onward by strummed guitar, an 'aria' with violins, theorbo, harp and virginals painting every phrase a new colour. If imagination may have run riot (seven different timbres for dances specified for two violins and bass), the vocally inspired expressiveness is striking. You can sense the passions of absent words as a violin virtually sings, while cornett vies with it in some outstanding playing. Despite some uneven perspective, recorded sound is intimate and clean. A most welcome release.

Performance ****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Delirium 28 April 2009
By Dennis
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This is a whirlwind tour through Northern Italy at the start of the 17th century, with some stunning solo and ensemble work, especially by the wind players, as recorders, dulcians and cornetti tackle the virtuosic sonatas and dances.

A CD best experienced with your tray secured, seat back in the upright position, and seat belt firmly fastened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real 'sine qua non' 30 Jan 2014
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If my huge collection of 17th-century Italian instrumental music were to be reduced to just one recording (heaven forbid!) this would be it. In the world of changing performance fashions in Baroque music, this treatment will surely last: drama; virtuosity; dancing-and-gay or sombre-and-melancholy when required; informed by scholarship yet not academic; improvisational in parts but still totally faithful to its historical origins; every last emotional contrast teased lovingly from the music. The violin work by Enrico Onofri is sometimes breathaking, but it would be invidious to pick out one musician; the large and varied Giardino supplies outstanding musicians and soloists whenever needed. AWESOME!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional recording - full marks to all concerned 11 Aug 2003
By Steven Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Do not listen to any unfavourable reviews of this album - it is simply one of the best of its kind.
The violin, recorder, cornett, mute cornett, dulcian,lute, harpsichord and cello playing is first rate, imaginative and daring. All of the music on this recording is wonderfully alive and vibrant. The violin playing is particularly good and the two mute cornetts and dulcians in the Riccio Sonata A 4 make soft and sensual sounds - unlike anything you'll ever hear from later Baroque music.
Every lover of Early Baroque instrumental music should investigate this fabulous disc.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous, radiant and colourful !!! 19 July 2003
By Francois Beaudoin - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't understand the one star critic made by "a music fan from Italy". He said and I quote : " Every piece of music can become banal in the hands of "Il giardino armonico".
I am surely dreaming.
All the recording by this little ensemble are far away from banality. Sometimes deranging and extravagant, they gave to the listener real pleasure because they are playing without any formal constraint. The contrast and the diversity that whe can heared in their recording is the main mark identification of their ORIGINALITY.
Enrico Onofri is brilliant as usual on the violin. All the musicians plays with vigour.
Of couse, this is quiet music. Don't wait for little tornado like it was the case in the "Seasons" or in "La Notte". This is almost charming music with some moments of great intensity.
I owned already most of the music recorded there with "La sonatori de la Gioisa Marca"( two albums on Divox Antiqua- with bad sound- sold at high prices with a lot of rewards from the press...)
Nevertheless, I prefer this recording. Sound is suberb and the music is played by very talentuous musicians. From my heart, 5 stars.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Il Gardino Armonico Viaggio Musicale 19 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Magnificent, the arrangement and interpretation! Italy and the 'Seicento' is arising. I recommend it for times with a glimpse of happiness.
6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bad taste 10 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Every piece of music can become banal in the hands of "Il giardino armonico". We already know all the cheap tricks that made this group famous: sudden dynamics changes, bizarre rhythmical choices & tempos, and ugly sounds in search of an improbable Italian early baroque authenticity. I would like to point out here the very poor conception of phrasing shown by the violin and recorder, very short phrases without any idea of the piece as a whole, with a particular attention given to frequents distasteful effects, as for example in the Cima sonata (recorder and BC), where every cadence resolution is preceded by a disturbing interruption (ups, I got there too early), and in the unnecessary display of aimless virtuosity in Rognoni's variation of "vestiva I colli", knowing well the piece I have to point out I'm deeply conviced that the tempo should be slower and the overal caracter very melancolic. The violin playing is particularly weak, from a sound production point of view, please notice the trembling pianissimos, and the lack of colors in the sound itself and constant interruption of the melodic line (ups the jumping bow its alive!) . A high peak of poor taste in cd is Ucellini's La Bergamasca, where once again we are just abused with this kind of annoying cartoon music. The only good things I can say about the cd are about the fine playing of the cornettos (Jean Tubèry,Gebhard David), dulcian (alberto Guerra), and viola da gamba (Vittorio Ghielmi), so bad that the main part of the group (recorder,violin, lute) didn't listen to them, may be they would had learn something.
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