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|1. Folia: Rodrigo Martinez - Improvisations d'apres le villancico du Cancionero de Palacio - Anonyme|
|2. Recercada Quarta sobre la Folia - Diego Ortiz|
|3. Folia: Para quien crie yo cabellos - Antonio De Cabezon|
|4. Recercada Ottava sobre la Folia - Diego Ortiz|
|5. Folia: Hoy comamos y bebamos - Juan Del Enzina|
|6. 2 Diferencias Sobre Las Folias - Antonio Martin Y Coll|
|7. 3 Follias - Arcangelo Corelli|
|8. 4 Couplets De Folies - Marin Marais|
First, the music, which is a collection of interpretations of and variations on the Iberian dance ground "Folia". In addition to Corelli's famous piece there are works by Marais and number of previously unknown-to-me Spanish composers. They're all of a high standard of invention and are a diverse set of works, despite their single inspiration.
The primary performances are faultless, - virtuosic, exciting and alive. It's hard to believe that just seven musicians could make such a full sound.
The first problem though is the "secondary" performance. The recording is so close that we get a whole under-performance not just of the usual chair and stage noises and heavy breathing (everyone has to breathe) but of an astounding collection of grunts, groans and moans. At some points they reach a sort of orgasmic fever pitch, which is nice for the musicians but really stomach-churningly dreadful to listen to.
The second problem is related to the first. The 24/96 (stereo only) recording is so close that although it provides an exciting immediacy it gives almost equal attention to the noises referred to above as to the primary performance. I do stress that although it is closely recorded, the sound still has plenty of life, vibrancy and air, and is a kind of closeness I could easily live with, if it wasn't for the unmusical noises it reveals.
If you are interested, then buy it for the great music and performances and for an excitingly immediate recording but be warned - the extras aren't optional.