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Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649): 'Oddities & Trifles' - Canzonas & Sonatas / ACRONYM Ensemble


Notes & Reviews:

ACRONYM's latest release is the first recording devoted entirely to the instrumental music of Giovanni Valentini (1582/3-1649), who for more than twenty years was Hofkapellmeister of the Holy Roman Empire before fading into obscurity. This CD pairs selections from Valentini's published 1609 canzonas with his later manuscript sonatas (many of them containing strange chromaticism and metric eccentricities), and it consists almost entirely of premiere recordings.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is ACRONYM's third CD, and it's very nice to see our ARG colleague Charles Brewer given the ensemble's thanks for "excellent transcriptions of several of the manuscript sonatas". Peter Loewen and I praised ACRONYM's programs of Pezel and Bertali (NewFocus 903, J/A 2014 & 901, J/A 2014). As for other recordings of Valentini, Mr Loewen, Ardella Crawford, and I have liked a range of vocal and instrumental releases: instrumental "bizzarrias" (Hungaroton 31864, N/D 2000), motets and madrigals (Christophorus 77238, J/F 2002), and courtly vocal music (CPO 777533, J/F 2012).

I admire attention to detail in packaging too: the booklet and cover design use strikingly modern 1624 robot-like etchings that seem from the "wrong" century (not unlike the 14th- Century scissor arches in Wells Cathedral, England); photos of musical sources illustrate the booklet essay; and the players dress for their photo as if for a performance in colors that match the graphic design. Please note how ACRONYM supports itself and read details in the booklet of how you can support them.


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