Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Georg Muffat, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415|
Muffat: Armonico Tributo /Ensemble 415 * Banchini * Christensen
A colorful mix for the connoisseur
J. W. Caulfield | Chicago, IL | 10/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Muffat was in more ways than one the product of many cultures. Born in Savoy to a family of Scottish descent, he was trained by Lully in Paris, was taken under the wing of Pasquini and Corelli in Rome, and yet always considered himself a German. The style of his music is equally eclectic, combining the dance-like nature of seventeenth-century French music with the gusto and fantasy of Italian music and the sombreness of the music of the North. The result is astounding. In this vigorous performance, Ensemble 415, one of the best of today's period-instrument groups, tries to recreate the sound of the seventeenth-century Roman chamber orchestra. If this really is the way the orchestra sounded then, it's easy to see why the audiences of men like Corelli (and Muffat) were swept off their feet. The quality of this recording, both in terms of the finely crafted music itself, the top-notch musicianship of the performers, and the crystal-clear sound, makes it one of the best CDs in my collection.
Don't be scared off by a name you've never heard of -- this is a must for any Baroque connoisseur!"