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Dario Castello (1621-1658): Sonate Concertate in stil moderno, libro primo / Richard Egarr, harpsichord, organ; Academy of Ancient Music

Album Summary

>Castello, Dario : Sonata prima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 1 in C major (Sonata Concertate I/1)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo no 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2)
>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
>Castello, Dario : Sonata quinta, for 2 instruments & continuo no 5 in C major (Sonata Concertate I/5)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata sesta, for 2 instruments & continuo no 6 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/6)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata settima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 7 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/7)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata ottava, for 2 instruments & continuo no 8 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/8)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata nona, for 3 instruments & continuo no 9 in D major (Sonata Concertate I/9)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata undecima, for 3 instruments & continuo no 11 in D major (Sonata Concertate I/11)
>Castello, Dario : Sonata duodicesima, for 3 instruments & continuo no 12 in A minor (Sonata Concertate I/12)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Seatbelts on and enjoy the ride!" - Richard Egarr, AAM Music Director. The Academy of Ancient Music explores a revolutionary period of Italian music through the work of Venetian man of mystery Dario Castello. Working at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello wrote innovative and ground-breaking sonatas that had a profound effect on generations of Italian composers. Very little is known about him today, but in the 17th century he was actually more widely published than Shakespeare. AAM Music Director Richard Egarr is a lifelong advocate of Castello, and on this recording directs the composer's first book of sonatas from the harpsichord and organ. Taking the form of a small chamber group, the AAM finds itself at its most adventurous and expressive, performing twelve fiercely virtuosic sonatas for violin, cornetto and dulcian that are full of imagination and colour. This release - the fifth on AAM Records - follows the AAM's critically-acclaimed series of JS Bach recordings. Their 2015 release of JS Bach's St Matthew Passion (AAM004) was praised by BBC Music Magazine for Richard Egarr's "compellingly original vision", and was awarded BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week. JS Bach's Orchestral Suites (AAM003) was awarded five stars by Fine Music Magazine and was described as "a feast of meaningfully understated musicianship" in an Editor's Choice review in Gramophone magazine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016).



Reviews

The Modern Sounds of Dario Castello
What was the big hit of the publishing world of 1623? It wasn't Shakespeare's First Folio (which came out that year), but rather the omnibus of Dario Castello's sonate concertate.

Over the next 40 years, they would remain continually in print, becoming a cornerstone of every major music library. Thanks to this new recording, I think I understand why.

Almost nothing is known of Dario Castello, save his music. His 30 sonate concertate are models of the Venetian Styl Moderno. Instrumental recitatives are paired with dramatically contrasting polyphonic sections.

The works are short, mercurial, and -- apparently -- technically challenging. As Castello wrote, "I declare that having observed the modern style, I could not have made them any easier.

The Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Richard Egar is more that up to the challenge. Renaissance wind instruments like the early trombone, cornetto, and dulcian (sort of a bassoon) are notoriously hard to play, yet all sound with a purity of tone and warm expression that makes every phrase a gem. The ensemble is well-recorded, with a warm ambiance of a small chamber, but play clearly so every note is discernable.

If you wish Monteverdi had written more instrumental music, this is the album for you. That's not to say that Castello imitated Monteverdi, but they were both writing according to the "modern style." Like Monteverdi's madrigals, Castello's 30 sonate concertate are rich in variety and inventiveness.
Submitted on 02/09/17 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Castello, Dario : Sonata prima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 1 in C major (Sonata Concertate I/1)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo no 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata quinta, for 2 instruments & continuo no 5 in C major (Sonata Concertate I/5)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata sesta, for 2 instruments & continuo no 6 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/6)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata settima, for 2 instruments & continuo no 7 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/7)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata ottava, for 2 instruments & continuo no 8 in G major (Sonata Concertate I/8)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata nona, for 3 instruments & continuo no 9 in D major (Sonata Concertate I/9)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 2
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata undecima, for 3 instruments & continuo no 11 in D major (Sonata Concertate I/11)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621

>Castello, Dario : Sonata duodicesima, for 3 instruments & continuo no 12 in A minor (Sonata Concertate I/12)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St George's Church, Cambridge (01/25/2016-01/28/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1621