Magazine article Czech Music

Upside-Down or Bacchanalistica

Magazine article Czech Music

Upside-Down or Bacchanalistica

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Upside-Down or Ba[c]chanalistica

Ritornello, Michael Pospisil

Production: Vitezslav Janda. Text: Cz., Eng. Recorded: 2/2006. Released: 2006. TT: 66: 30. DDD. 1 CD Arta F10145 (distribution 2HP Production).

In their latest album "Upside-Down or Bacchanalistica" the Ritornello Ensemble is following on from their second album "Shrovetide is Here". Under the direction of Michael Pospisil it opens the doors even wider into the world of the musical beauties of Baroque Bohemia. As with "Shrovetide", so in the merry "Bacchanalistica", Ritornello uncovers the relatively little known repertoire of Baroque secular music inspired chiefly by food and drink. This is not some decorous banquet, but a real nosh-up and booze-up with everything that involves, and so music-making as well. One piquant aspect of the whole thing is the fact that the sources of this culture are to be found tucked away in monastery libraries. This is evidence of a remarkable long tradition stretching right back to medieval vagabond poetry cultivated by wandering students and wanton monks. Michael Pospisil puts it very well in his erudite commentary when he calls this repertoire "Czech Baroque Carmina Burana". It is rare to find an album that manages so brilliantly to invest a small, cold CD with the unique atmosphere of a recording session such as this. …

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