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'Characters'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Characters'

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'Characters'

Avison Concerto No 5 Corelli Concerti grossi, Op 6--No 8; No 10 Rebel Les caracteres de la danse Telemann Sinfonia spirituosa, TWV44:1 Vivaldi Violin Concerto, RV230. Concerto for Two Violins and Cello, RV565

Karlsson Barock

Footprint [F] FRCD076 (71' * DDD)

'Characters' is the title of this collection of mostly concertos, implying that there is no clever musicological thread here; each piece is of itself, and speaks of the personality of its creator. The brief, slightly quirky booklet-notes emphasise the point by tending to focus more on the man than the music.

So who are the characters here, or rather who are they as portrayed by harpsichordist Goran Karlsson and his Swedish band of string players? Well, there's Corelli, bright, vivid, even fiery at times; Vivaldi, fulsome, expressive and larger-than-life in two violin concertos, one solo and one double;

Charles Avison, briskly and bluffly turning Scarlatti sonatas to good orchestral account; Telemann, eloquent and self-confident; and there's Jean-Fery Rebel, whose short ballet collage Les caracteres de la danse has maybe never sounded more enthusiastically choreographic, more readily evocative of one of Louis XV Paris's virtuoso danseuses executing a speed-tour of differing styles, than here. …

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