Early Italian Chamber Music

Early Italian Chamber Music

by Dan Laurin
     
 

Bis' Early Italian Chamber Music is a collection of early chamber sonatas for recorder and continuo played by Dan Laurin accompanied by Masaaki Suzuki. It consists of 14 pieces, mostly single-movement sonatas, canzone, a couple of works referred to as "Sinfonias," and one Ricercar dating from 1585 that at least predate and in some cases prefigure theSee more details below

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Bis' Early Italian Chamber Music is a collection of early chamber sonatas for recorder and continuo played by Dan Laurin accompanied by Masaaki Suzuki. It consists of 14 pieces, mostly single-movement sonatas, canzone, a couple of works referred to as "Sinfonias," and one Ricercar dating from 1585 that at least predate and in some cases prefigure the multi-movement sonata form associated with the Baroque. The most "modern" piece here, the "Sonata La Bernabea" of Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli, dates from 1660. The playing is very good -- Laurin is certainly facile on the recorder and Suzuki provides a low-key accompaniment on harpsichord and organ that is tasteful and does not dominate. However, the recorder has a tendency to be a very bright instrument, and here Bis seems to have picked Laurin's playing up in a way that makes it rather shrill sounding for much of the disc. This does not hold true for every selection, as in the Giovanni Paolo Cima "Sonata Seconda" the recorder sounds fine and does not distort or prove piercing in tone. Why Bis, whose recordings are generally among the best being made these days, was unable to maintain a consistent, and comfortable, volume level for the recorder here is an absolute mystery. It is very nice to have these sonatas recorded, and Early Italian Chamber Music does provide some insight into the chamber music of the early Baroque. Nevertheless, be prepared to jockey the treble knob on your amplifier or the higher sliders on your EQ, as the recording overall is a little too bright.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590013359
catalogNumber:
1335
Rank:
243092

Tracks

  1. Sonata Prima for recorder & continuo  - Dario Castello  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  2. Sonata Seconda for soprano recorder, viola da gamba & lute  - Giovanni Battista Fontana  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  3. Sinfonia Prima "Arezzo"  - Bartolomeo Montalbano  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  4. Sonata II  - Giovanni Paolo Cima  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  5. Sonata Prima (from Il Primo libro de motetti ..., 1624)  - Tarquinio Merula  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  6. Ricercata ottava (Ricercate/passagi et Cadentie)  - Giovanni Bassano  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin
  7. Canzona Sesta  - Angelo Berardi  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  8. Sinfonia Quarta a violino solo "Geloso"  - Bartolomeo Montalbano  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  9. Laudate Pueri, psalm setting for voice & continuo (Salmi passaggiati)  - Giovanni Paolo Cima  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  10. Sonata I  - Giovanni Paolo Cima  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  11. Il secondo libro de toccate, canzone...di cimbalo et organo, No.15, Canzona Terza  - Girolamo Frescobaldi  - Robert von Bahr  - Masaaki Suzuki
  12. In partitura, il primo libro della canzoni ... No.1, canto solo, "detta la Bonuisia", for instruments  - Girolamo Frescobaldi  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  13. In partitura, il primo libro della canzoni ... No.2, canto solo, "detta la Bernadinia", for instruments  - Girolamo Frescobaldi  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki
  14. Sonata for violin & continuo, Op. 4/1 "La Bernabea"  - Giovanni Mealli  - Robert von Bahr  - Dan Laurin  - Masaaki Suzuki

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Dan Laurin   Primary Artist

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