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This review is from: Viaggio Musicale / Italian Music Of The Seventeenth Century (Audio CD)
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 Onofrio 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!