A German Bouquet -
'... very fine performances of some rarely heard but attractive music ...'
Trio Settecento is an American early music ensemble comprising Rachel Barton Pine, violin, and her continuo team of David Schrader, harpsichord and positiv organ, and John Mark Rozendaal, cello and viola da gamba. A German Bouquet is the second of a quartet of discs which began with An Italian Sojourn (2007) and is to be completed with discs of French and British music.
Both An Italian Sojourn and A German Bouquet commence with music of the earliest, least known, baroque composers and progress logically to the great masters of the high baroque and pre-classical. In Italy, this means Castello, Stradella and Marini followed by Tartini, Handel and Veracini; in Germany, Schop, Schmelzer and Muffat followed by Bach (of course) and Pisendel. It is an approach which means that most listeners can look forward to a new discovery or two, and it encourages us to see the familiar in a new light: in 1750, Vivaldi and Bach represented the culmination, not the beginning, of centuries of musical progress...
Copyright © 23 February 2010
CD INFORMATION: TRIO SETTECENTO - A GERMAN BOUQUET