The Baroque Bohemians: Gypsy Fever from Campfire to Court

The Baroque Bohemians: Gypsy Fever from Campfire to Court

by Red Priest


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The word "bohemian" has several meanings: it may denote a resident of the Czech region of Bohemia, a pre-hipster unconventional individual, or a member of the Bohemian Romani, a large subgroup of the people often termed Gypsies. All three meanings could apply to this recording by the ensemble Red Priest, which was named after Vivaldi's nickname and has specialized in unconventional arrangements of Baroque music, not only Vivaldi. Here the group, relying partly on arrangements by violinist Adam Summerhayes, investigates prominent and hidden Gypsy roots in Baroque music. The repertoire includes music by the already wildly adventurous Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, said to have had a Gypsy background, as well as a variety of dances that give recorder player Piers Adams the chance to strut his considerable high-speed chops. Authenticity is not even vaguely in sight here, and what you'll think of this probably depends on the idea of Red Priest that you've already formed, but there's a good sampling of the fun that has propelled Red Priest to the top of classical charts. Sample the little-known "The Jews Dance," by early 17th century composer Richard Nicholson, and enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2017
Label: Red Priest Records
UPC: 5060179090139
catalogNumber: 14
Rank: 76999


  1. Slow Road to Uhrovska
  2. The Priest and the Gypsy, for violin & continuo (after Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor, RV 356)
  3. Lascia Ch'io Czardas, for recorder, violin, cello & harpsichord (after Handel)
  4. Sweet Uhrovska, for recorder, violin, cello & harpsichord
  5. Canzona Prima à 3
  6. The Jew's Dance, for lute & recorder (from Thomas Morley's "The First Booke of Consort Lessons")
  7. Gypsies' round, variations for keyboard, MB 80
  8. Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, opera: La Bohémienne
  9. Concerto for recorder, flute, strings & continuo in E minor, TWV 52:e1: Presto
  10. Concerto for recorder, flute, strings & continuo in E minor, TWV 52:e1: Largo
  11. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 1 in A major (Sonatae Violino Solo No. 1), C. 138

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