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'Early Birds'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Early Birds'

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'Early Birds'

Music by Caix d'Hervelois, F Couperin, Daquin, Van Eyck, Graupner, Handel, Hasse, Linley, Schwartzkopff, Telemann, Torri and Quignard Simon Borutzki rec Hofkapelle Schloss Seehaus

Klanglogo/Rondeau Production (F) KL1503 (66' * DDD)

German ensemble offer a glance at the avian Baroque

From the hyperactive nightingale in Pietro Torri's opera Ismene at the start to her impatient sister as portrayed by Telemann at the end, this CD is a feast of Baroque warblings, trillings, chirrupings and cuckooings, all wafted on to the air by Simon Borutzki's nimbly airborne recorder-playing. Indeed, the only time he takes a rest is to allow Heidi Groger to impersonate a turtle dove on her gamba. OK, so 11 of the 17 pieces here are arrangements of pieces--such as three arias by Handel, including the ravishing 'Sweet bird', or a clutch of Couperin harpsichord pieces--that may well appear in many people's collections in their original states, but few could deny that there is charm and skill in the way Borutzki imitates nature's songsters on a total of 17 different recorders (think of it as one big recorder) or disapprove of the fun that is being had here. …

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