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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 other

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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.

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

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12: Adagio
  2. Improvisation No. 1, for ensemble
  3. Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo
  4. Balletto quarto, corrente quarta: Adagio
  5. Luz y norte musical, for guitar or harp: Folia
  6. Improvisation No. 2, for ensemble
  7. Sonata detta la Desperata, for violin & continuo
  8. Sonata for guitar, violin & continuo
  9. Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/10
  10. Aria della Fulia variata con parti variate, for guitar solo: from: Li cinque libri della chitarra alla spagnola
  11. Suite (Peccunia "Marschupio"), for ensemble: from: Pestrý zborník, an anonymous Slovak manuscri
  12. Arpeggiata a mio modo, for guitar solo

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