Teatro Lirico

Teatro Lirico

by Stephen Stubbs
     
 

Despite the severely modern appearance of this 2006 ECM New Series album, from the abstract cover art to the booklet's somber black and white landscape photos, this is really a collection of early music by Arcangelo Corelli, Giulio Caccini, Maurizio Cazzati, and otherSee more details below

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Despite the severely modern appearance of this 2006 ECM New Series album, from the abstract cover art to the booklet's somber black and white landscape photos, this is really a collection of early music by Arcangelo Corelli, Giulio Caccini, Maurizio Cazzati, and other less familiar composers of the Baroque era. Stephen Stubbs and his brilliant ensemble Teatro Lirico are masters of their period instruments, and their historically informed performances -- in many cases, revivals -- of obscure Baroque repertoire have garnered attention worldwide. Yet the apparent discrepancy between their vintage re-creations and the au courant packaging might lead one to think that this is one of ECM's subtler attempts to expose its audience for cutting-edge modern music to a wider range of styles. The sonatas and dances on Stubbs' program are austere and brooding fare, with more than a few plangent dissonances in passing, and these moody pieces tend to blur into a long series of minor key reveries; and Teatro Lirico's combinations of violin, viola, viola da gamba, Spanish and Italian harps, Baroque guitar, and chitarrone are consistently shaded with a subdued, melancholy tone that may appeal to people who like pensive music for quiet background listening. But in no way should this suggest that this disc is a crossover product or compromised in any trendy way: Teatro Lirico's playing is serious in intent and scrupulous in execution, so any appeal the music may have is due to its excellence alone and not to any updating. The audio is clear and finely detailed, yet it is fully resonant and glows with full-bodied instrumental sonorities.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Allan Kozinn
A risky but irresistible project.... Instead of a traditional early-music program...Mr. Stubbs and his period-instrument chamber band, Teatro Lirico, offer an extended fantasy built on musical free association.... The playing is tight and shapely. In the improvised pieces, the musicians work together with the unity of purpose a listener expects of a good jazz ensemble.
Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
A disc full of fine musicianship. The recording is typical for ECM, which is to say richly atmospheric and seductive. A perfect disc for late night and a red wine.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0028947631019
catalogNumber:
969516
Rank:
90651

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12: Adagio  - Arcangelo Corelli  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  2. Improvisation No. 1, for ensemble  -  Teatro Lírico  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  3. Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo  - Giulio Caccini  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  4. Balletto quarto, corrente quarta: Adagio  - Maurizio Cazzati  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  5. Luz y norte musical, for guitar or harp: Folia  - Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  6. Improvisation No. 2, for ensemble  -  Teatro Lírico  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  7. Sonata detta la Desperata, for violin & continuo  - Carlo Farina  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  8. Sonata for guitar, violin & continuo  - Giovanni Battista Granata  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  9. Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/10  - Arcangelo Corelli  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  10. Aria della Fulia variata con parti variate, for guitar solo: from: Li cinque libri della chitarra alla spagnola  - Giovanni Paolo Foscarini  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs
  11. Suite (Peccunia "Marschupio"), for ensemble: from: Pestrý zborník, an anonymous Slovak manuscri  - Johann Caspar Horn  - Erin Headley  - Erin Headley  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Milos Valent  - Milos Valent  - Maxine Eilander  -  Teatro Lírico
  12. Arpeggiata a mio modo, for guitar solo  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs  - Stephen Stubbs

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