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'Altri Canti D'amor'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Altri Canti D'amor'

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'Altri canti d'amor'

'17th Century Instrumental Works' Cavalli Canzon a 3. Lucidissima face Lera Diminuzioni sopra il 'Lamento d'Apollo' Marini Sonata prima sopra 'Fuggi dolente core' Merula Chiacona a 3 col basso Monteverdi Altri canti d'amor--Sinfonia Rognoni Ancor che col partire Strozzi L'Eraclito amoroso Uccellini Aria decima terza sopra 'Questa bella sirena'. Aria quarta sopra la Ciaccona a 3. Sonata nona, Op 5

L'Estro d'Orfeo / Leonor de Lera vn

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Despite the title and repertoire, there is no singing on this well-chosen debut CD release by the Spanish ensemble L'Estro d'Orfeo. Their pitch, of course, is to focus on the lyrical qualities of 17th-century Italian instrumental music by transferring vocal lines to cornett (in an aria from Cavalli's opera La Calisto and Strozzi's cantata L'Eraclito amoroso) or to strings (Monteverdi's madrigal Altri canti d'amor), and to back that up with instrumental pieces with vocal origins such as Rognoni's viola bastarda-style diminutions on Rore's madrigal Anchor che col partire (an impressively free-spirited break-out track, this, for gamba player Rodney Prada) or violinist/director Leonor de Lera's own stylish (if slightly frantic) diminutions on the 'Lamento d'Apollo' from Cavalli's Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne. Clearly love is also a theme here, though the programme is satisfyingly filled out with a selection of short sonatas, canzonas and things. …

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