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This review is from: All' Improvviso: Ciaccone, Bergamasche, & un po' di Follie... (MP3 Download)
Without doubt the musicianship is superb and talent abounds but...Well, its that crossover thing. For me its a bit chirpy, lacks rawness and is refined because of the very talent involved. It raised the question of whether you can have a "crossover vision"; what does a blend of music want to say that the original components cannot? Without vision there's the danger of slipping into a sleek professionalism or, as with Garbarak(mentioned above), sentimentality. In this case, what you might call it instrumentalism - why this sound blend?
An interesting, (perhaps unfair as its solo violin), comparison would be with Jordi Saval going the other way in the Celtic Viol where folk music is deconstructed through an early music/classical perspective and comes out, in my opinion, "profound". L@arpegiatta's is certainly a professional recording, well considered and performed but essentially entertainment and none the worse for that.