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Muffat: Florilegium Primum

Magazine article Gramophone

Muffat: Florilegium Primum

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Muffat

Florilegium primum

Ensemble Salzburg Barock

Challenge Classics (F) [DVD]. CC72678 (71 * DDD/DSD)

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Performers' interest in the music of Georg Muffat has always centred on his Armonico tributo of 1682, in which he demonstrated for the benefit of his Austro-German colleagues the new concerto grosso style of Corelli, learnt at first hand during two years spent in Rome. The beautiful 'Passagaglia' from Concerto No 5 has become a bit of a concert favourite in its own right. Performances and recordings of his two Florilegium sets (1695 and 1698) are considerably rarer. In these he looked in the other direction and served up exemplars of the French dance-suite style, which, again, he had experienced for himself while studying with Lully in Paris. This in itself may explain their relative neglect, for compared to the engaging trajectories of the concertos, the suites--usually consisting of an ouverture and six or seven dances lasting between three minutes and 30 seconds--are less cohesive. …

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