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Verso Venezia: Castella, Merula, Legrenzi - Sonate & Canzoni / Pallade Musica

Album Summary

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata "La Donata" for violin & violone or bassoon, Op. 2/7
>Castello, Dario : Sonata settima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 7 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/7)
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon no 11 "La Miradoro" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/11
>Castello, Dario : Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo no 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2)
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata for violin & violone or bassoon, "La Foscari" Op. 2/8
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzone for 2 violins, violone & continuo no 17 ("La Monteverde") (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata à 2, "La Galini", for violin, viola da braccio or bassoon & continuo, Op. 8/5
>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
>Merula, Tarquinio : La Cappellina, canzona no 14 (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/14
>Castello, Dario : Sonata ottava, for 2 instruments & continuo no 8 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/8)
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon no 12 "La Scarinza" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/12
>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata à 2, for violin, viola da braccio & continuo no 5 (La Cetra, Libro Quarto, Op. 10)
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Notes & Reviews:

- ATMA presents the first CD by Pallade Musica, the 2012 Grand Prize winners at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York. Pallade Musica brings together four of Montreal's most promising Early Music performers: Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violin; Elinor Frey, Baroque cello; Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, and Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord. The ensemble focuses on repertoire for violin, cello and continuo.- Two genres are offered in this program: the sonata and the canzona from 17th century in Venice. Although they use the same instruments, belong to the same style, and sound quite similar, these two genres have very different origins and aesthetic purposes. - Verso Venezia includes music written by Dario Castello, Giovanni Legrenzi and Tarquinio Merula - Venetian composers who were at the forefront of the transformation of the canzona into the sonata form.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (09/2013).



Reviews

The Past Recaptured
Pallade Musica VERSO VENEZIA ATMA Classique

Montreal based early music specialists Pallade Musica’s new recording features the work of Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula and Giovanni Legrenzi, three composers from the first half of the 17th century.
At the cusp of the High Renaissance and the early Baroque periods, movable type for printed music was first invented (in Venice) and polyphonic vocal music began being adapted for use by instrumentalists. Called canzona, this genre soon gave rise to another compositional form, the sonata, written specifically for instrumental performance.
While it’s impossible to say with certainty what those performances would have sounded like, one can easily imagine the playing of Pallade Musica bringing a smile to all three composers whose work is featured here. Having chosen pieces that emphasize a contrapunctal approach, all four musicians play with a virtuosity and youthful enthusiasm that results in a set of performances which feel vital and contemporary, rising well above the requirements of mere historical re-creation.
A must-have for early music fans, “Verso Venezia” should also interest any classical enthusiast curious about the roots of Baroque music in Italy. Popular in their own time, the works of Castello, Merula, and Legrenzi laid the foundations later built upon by Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach.

Highest Possible Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano

Submitted on 05/12/14 by Oscar O. Veterano 
Glories Of Venice
Montreal based Pallade Musica consists of four members who perform on Baroque violin, Baroque cello, theorbo and harpsichord/organ. Their premiere disc features composers, Castello, Merula and Legrenzi all active in Venice during the middle to late 17th century. Each of the sonatas and canzonas in this program are 5-6 minutes in duration with 2-3 distinct subsections. All of the 12 works are sufficiently inventive and quite appealing. The playing is consistently alert and stylish. As to the differences between sonata and canzon, the superb liner notes offer a detailed discourse. The engineering is excellent with the instrumentalists naturally arrayed in a warm acoustic.
Submitted on 07/15/14 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata "La Donata" for violin & violone or bassoon, Op. 2/7
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Castello, Dario : Sonata settima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 7 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/7)
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon no 11 "La Miradoro" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/11
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Castello, Dario : Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo no 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2)
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata for violin & violone or bassoon, "La Foscari" Op. 2/8
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzone for 2 violins, violone & continuo no 17 ("La Monteverde") (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata à 2, "La Galini", for violin, viola da braccio or bassoon & continuo, Op. 8/5
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1629

>Merula, Tarquinio : La Cappellina, canzona no 14 (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/14
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Castello, Dario : Sonata ottava, for 2 instruments & continuo no 8 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/8)
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon no 12 "La Scarinza" (Il quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare), Op. 17/12
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Legrenzi, Giovanni : Sonata à 2, for violin, viola da braccio & continuo no 5 (La Cetra, Libro Quarto, Op. 10)
  • Ensemble: Pallade Musica
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque