Harp music from
early baroque Naples -
'Margret Köll's performances have an ethereal aura ...'
During the time of Spanish dominance over the Kingdom of Naples in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a very lively and cultural relationship was forged between the two kingdoms, and the city at the foot of Vesuvius could really consider itself as a true European cultural centre on the level of London and Paris. For the marriage celebrations of Philip II in Madrid in 1543, a Neapolitan delegation of virtuoso musicians and singers was invited to participate in the festivities, and from then on there sprang a myriad of composers and performers whose music endowed both courts with a sound world that remains unique to this day.
This wonderful CD encapsulates a number of composers such as Trabaci, Gesualdo, Macque, Cabezon and Mayone, whose music for the harp has captivated performers and audiences for more than four centuries...
Copyright © 30 September 2014