Stravaganze: 17th Century Italian Songs and Dances (1995)
The King's Noyse; David Douglas, director & violin; Andrew Lawrence-King, harp
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Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 907159 | Time: 01:18:34
The King's Noyse are a terrific ensemble who have made a lot of very good discs indeed over the years. This is among them. It is billed as a disc from 1995 of dance music and song from Italy between about 1580 and 1650, which though strictly accurate, may be a little misleading. Lively dance rhythms are certainly there, but a good deal of the disc is contemplative and sometimes rather melancholy in feel. There are single works by both Monteverdi and Gesualdo but the other works are largely by much more obscure composers, and although I know a little of some like Rovetta and Castello, most were completely new to me. I always like to be introduced to new composers, and the music is very fine throughout the disc.