Peiretti's edition of Galuppi's harpsichord concertos (which is a masterly recording, also available on Amazon) have been around for a while, but at a high price, so how do Loreggian's fair? As a master player of Frescobaldi and acclaimed keyboardist, my expectations of his playing were high; and indeed, this music requires some subtlety of playing. Basically, these performances are very good and inject fresh life into these obscure works. But, there are a few niggles.
Now, whilst the harpsichord playing here is vital, it is very different from Peiretti's; it is more masculine and somewhat insistent. I think Galuppi's music can benefit from a somewhat meditative approach but the Ensemble Conserto Musico have taken an antipodean approach and if Galuppi himself had been the one to play the keyboard on his original compositions, it might bear some resemblance to this present recording. But there is also a roughness and sprightliness to this performance which is somewhat of a double edged sword. Whilst preserving the vital and melodic aspects, maybe some of the more subtle poetry of Galuppi's music is lost to a full-blooded performance. Having said that, the best of the concertos (in C minor) do not come off worse for this approach; but some of the more gentle passages may have benefited from a more nuanced angle.
For the price, this set offers excellent value for money and also includes a couple of flute concertos to boot, but overall I am slightly less convinced by this set compared to Peiretti's. It is a strong, modern performance with the harpsichord at the forefront. If it is not perfect, it is indeed spirited! Compelling at any rate and recommended.
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There is nothing profound to discover here but this is sunny, unaffected music that held my attention better than I would have expected. The recording balance, for better or worse according to taste, favours the harpsichord very strongly.