RedHerring Baroque Ensemble - Italia per Sempre

Italia per Sempre

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RedHerring Baroque Ensemble
RedHerring Baroque Ensemble - Italia per Sempre

Italy is Europe’s largest exporter of wine, and the second-largest exporter of olive oil, but in the 16th century it was by far the largest exporter of music. We even think of the 17th century as a period of “Export Italianism”: after Monteverdi invented baroque music – more or less on his own – European courts and cities (Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, and especially London) sparkled with the splendour of Latin innovation, and with the Italian geniuses who sparked it far away from their Mediterranean home towns. But some Italians preferred to stay at home: big names like Alessandro Scarlatti and Albinoni, but also delightful incogniti such as Leonardo Leo, Nicolo Fiorenza, Giovanni Antonio Canuti or Francesco Mancini. They developed a hyper-personal style which was impervious to international fashion, and (especially in the South) characterized by extravagance and a distinct couleur locale. Their works are virtually unknown, but as local archives are shedding their treasures through digitization projects, more and more gems are finding their ways to recordings such as the present one. There is no better advocate for this sun-drenched repertoire than the Antwerp ensemble RedHerring. Founded in 2011 by recorder player Patrick Denecker, RedHerring boasts some of Belgium’s finest baroque pioneers (a. o. violinist Ryo Terakado, viol player Kaori Uemura, and lutenist Philippe Malfeyt). These virtuosi bring the all-Italian menu to life in the attractive and acclaimed fashion of preceding projects. Both Klara Radio and Fono-Forum awarded the 2016 recording La Muse and La Mise – dedicated to 18th century French salon jams – with 5/5, while De Standaard called it “at once refined and careless, gold-framed and fleeting; a CD which embodies an evening spent in good company”. RedHerring not only relies on spontaneity, intuition and improvisation. Denecker and his pals embrace the view that the use of correct instruments can enhance our insight into, and understanding of the music. As a consequence, Denecker plays compositions of which the Neapolitan origin is certain on a copy of an anonymous recorder from the collection of Giacomo Rossini, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Music history emphasizes main streams and great names. Recordings like the present one, which explore the side tracks and alleyways historians never venture into, make up for the oversight which is inevitable in any synthetic enterprise. They allow us to enjoy good music which has been forgotten through no fault of its own.

RedHerring Baroque Ensemble - Italia per Sempre
Tracklist
    1. Concerto in d I. Amoroso (04:01) - D. Sarro
    2. Concerto in d II. Adagio (01:13) - D. Sarro
    3. Concerto in d III. Allegro (00:32) - D. Sarro
    4. Cantata: Agnellino Innocente I. Recit: Agnellino innocente (01:31) - L. Leo
    5. Cantata: Agnellino Innocente II. Aria: Innocente la colomba (04:23) - L. Leo
    6. Cantata: Agnellino Innocente III. Recit: Cosi quest'alma amante (01:01) - L. Leo
    7. Cantata: Agnellino Innocente IV. Aria: La vaga farfalleta (03:06) - L. Leo
    8. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso I. Largo (01:45) - G. Antonio
    9. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso II. Allegro (01:34) - G. Antonio
    10. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso III. Largo (01:36) - G. Antonio
    11. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso IV. Allegro (01:46) - G. Antonio
    12. Concerto in a I. Largo / Grave (02:29) - N. Fiorenza
    13. Concerto in a II. Allegro (02:05) - N. Fiorenza
    14. Concerto in a III. Largo / Grave (02:27) - N. Fiorenza
    15. Concerto in a IV. Allegro assai (01:12) - N. Fiorenza
    16. Sinfonia 'Venere e Amore' Spiritoso - Grave affettuosso - Allegro (04:44) - A. Scarlatti
    17. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso I. Allegro (02:04)
    18. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso II. Grave (01:31)
    19. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso III. Andante (01:52)
    20. Cantata: Dir vorrei quel bel contento I. Aria: Dir vorrei quel bel contento (04:13) - F. Mancini
    21. Cantata: Dir vorrei quel bel contento II. Recit: Ah che quei caribaci (00:48) - F. Mancini
    22. Cantata: Dir vorrei quel bel contento III. Aria: Tacero non parlero (03:37) - F. Mancini
    23. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso I. Adagio (02:24) - T. Albinoni
    24. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso II. Allegro (02:47) - T. Albinoni
    25. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso III. Largo (01:42) - T. Albinoni
    26. Sonata a Flauto Solo e Basso IV. Vivace (02:34) - T. Albinoni
    27. Concerto in a I. Largo (01:33) - D. Sarro
    28. Concerto in a II. Allegro (03:31) - D. Sarro
    29. Concerto in a III. Larghetto (01:58) - D. Sarro
    30. Concerto in a IV. Spiritoso (01:56) - D. Sarro
    31. Sinfonia a Flauto Solo I. Moderato (01:48) - N. Fiorenza
    32. Sinfonia a Flauto Solo II. Allegro (04:01) - N. Fiorenza
    33. Sinfonia a Flauto Solo III. Largo (01:53) - N. Fiorenza
    34. Sinfonia a Flauto Solo IV. Allegro (03:20) - N. Fiorenza