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Pure Python?

'Wild Men of the Seicento' -
heard by
KEITH BRAMICH

'... Piers Adams and David Wright's superb performances exhibit a strangely infectious authenticity.'

Piers Adams and David Wright - Wild Men of the Seicento. Seventeenth Century Music for Recorder and Harpsichord. © 2015 Red Priest Recordings

As well as being very entertaining, Piers Adams' liner notes for this CD convincingly and knowledgeably portray the lunacy of seventeenth century music, arguing that it is very difficult for the modern ear to handle works exhibiting both humour and spirituality. On first hearing, one could easily assume that this CD contains 'straight' music 'messed about with' by Adams. The truth is more subtle, however, and Piers Adams and David Wright's superb performances exhibit a strangely infectious authenticity. The humour at the end of the Violin Sonata No 3 in F by Heinrich Biber (1644-1704), for example, described by Adams as 'pure Monty Python', comes largely from Biber's writing (plus a 'brought up to date' harpsichord part) — Adams on recorder is (mostly) true here to Biber's original...

Copyright © 18 January 2016 Keith Bramich,
Torrevieja, Spain

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WILD MEN OF THE SEICENTO - PIERS ADAMS AND DAVID WRIGHT

RED PRIEST

RECORDER MUSIC

HARPSICHORD MUSIC

ORGAN MUSIC

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER

UNITED KINGDOM

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