SPREZZATURA LA LUNA: Virtuoso Music of 17th-Century Italy.
Ingrid Matthews and Scott Metcalfe: Violins, Emily Walhout: Cello, Byron
Schenkman: Harpsichord & Organ.
Dorian DOR93200 66m
This disc is an interesting combination of various short pieces from the
enterprising American label, Dorian. The period is late 16th to
17th centuries and includes some very intriguing styles ranging
from the inimitable flourishes of Frescobaldi to the almost unknown prowess
of Biagio Marini. The number of harpsichord and organ solos are brilliantly
played by Byron Schenkman who is definitely a virtuoso player of the highest
order. I warmed to his interpretation of Frescobaldi's 'Canzona Quarta' and
the short but very alive pieces by Giovanni Picchi who is apparently another
'discovery' on disc. The other players are also well-groomed artists who
lend expression and style in the sonata items, which are also brilliantly
exposed by Dorian's rich and lifelike recording. The whole project is admirably
conceived and with detailed notes and superb presentation deserves an immediate