Castello & Co - Venetian sonatas for winds and strings from the 17th century

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917254723
Catnr: CC 72547
Release date: 28 May 2012
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72547
Release date
28 May 2012

"A wonderful disc from this group of growing reputation, and if you thought you were pretty familiar with these pieces, try this one."

Early Music Review, 01-10-2012

About the album

Many of the composers/musicians presented on this CD were employed by the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, often working as both singers as well as instrumentalists, such as Dario Castello (fl. Venice 1st half of the 17th century). While there is little information currently available on his life and work, we can read on the title page of his editions that he was a musician at San Marco and the leader of a wind ensemble. He produced two collections of sonatas, with in total 29 works, published in Venice in 1621 and 1629. Castello’s sonatas are a reflection of the stilo moderno style of composing, with varying tempi and dramatic changes of affect. They also contain virtuosic passagework for each instrument. There were numerous reprints of Castello’s music, including one in Antwerp, indicating the popularity and continuing influence of his compositions.

With Castello & Co. the members of the Caecilia-Concert bring a fresh, dynamic approach to this groundbreaking instrumental chamber music, and demonstrate the expressive flexibility and technical fireworks this new repertoire demands from these old instruments.

The other composers, besides Castello, on this cd are:
Giuseppe Scarani (fl 1628-1642), Biagio Marini (1594 - 1663),Giovanni Antonio Bertoli (fl c1639 – 1645), Giovanni Picchi (fl 1600-25), Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)
Instrumentaal vuurwerk uit het 17e-eeuwse Venetië
Veel van de componisten en musici die gepresenteerd worden op dit album waren in dienst van de Basiliek van San Marco, zowel als zangers als als instrumentalisten. Een van hen is Dario Castello. Er is op dit moment weinig informatie bekend over zijn leven en werk. Op de titelpagina van zijn edities is wel te lezen dat hij musicus aan de San Marco was, en de leider van een blaasensemble.

Castello componeerde twee collecties met sonates, in totaal 29 werken, die in 1621 en 1629 in Venetië werden gepubliceerd. De sonata’s zijn gecomponeerd in de stilo moderno, en worden gekenmerkt door gevarieerde tempi, dramatische wisselingen van affecten, en virtuoze passages voor elk instrument. De vele herdrukken van de collecties gaven aan dat ze populair waren.

Met Castello & Co. geven de leden van het Caecilia-Concert een frisse en dynamische benadering van deze baanbrekende instrumentale kamermuziek. Het ensemble toont de expressieve flexibiliteit en het technische vuurwerk dat dit repertoire van oude instrumenten vereist.

Het Caecilia-Concert is een dynamisch internationaal ensemble, gespecialiseerd in de uitvoering van instrumentale en vocale muziek uit de 17e eeuw. Sinds hun succesvolle debuut in Nederland heeft het ensemble al op meerdere concerten en festivals opgetreden, zoals het Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, het Festival van Vlaanderen, Ton Koopmans Itineraire Baroque Festival, en de Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer.
Instrumentales Feuerwerk aus dem Venedig des 17. Jahrhunderts.

Die meisten Komponisten dieser CD waren an der Basilika von San Marco in Venedig angestellt, häufig als Sänger sowie als Instrumentalisten. Mit „Castello & Co“ präsentiert das Ensemble Caecilia Concert eine frische und dynamische Annäherung an diese wundervolle Kammermusik und entfachen ein instrumentales Feuerwerk.


The Caecilia Concert is a versatile international ensemble specialising in performance and research of music published throughout Europe during the first half of the 16th and 17th centuries, a period which was responsible for the birth of the instrumental chamber-music genre. Its unique core of early trombone, bassoon and keyboards, has continued to charm audiences all over Europe for more than ten years. As well as small-scale recitals featuring the core players, the ensemble is frequently joined by leading string and wind players from the very top of today’s early music scene.

Formed in 2001, the Caecilia-Concert has given recitals in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Austria and the UK, as well as broadcasts on several major radio stations. In 2006 the group launched its debut CD entitled 'Treasury of a Saint' which received critical acclaim, and 2007 saw the release of 'Buxtehude & Co' which features rarely performed masterpieces from 17th century Germany. 2009 saw the launch of 'Schmelzer & Co', featuring music from the Imperial Habsburg courts.

In 2011, the Caecilia-Concert hosted the first 'Fiori Musicali' Summer Academy for 16th & 17th century music, in association with the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Conservatoires of Utrecht and The Hague. An annual event, this Summer Academy provides top level chamber music and individual tuition given by an international team of leading players and teachers. The individual members of the Caecilia-Concert are all proactive teachers at European conservatoires as well as freelance performers with leading ensembles and period instrument orchestras worldwide.


A wonderful disc from this group of growing reputation, and if you thought you were pretty familiar with these pieces, try this one.
Early Music Review, 01-10-2012

The international Caecilia-Consort, well known on the European circuit and regulars at the Utrecht early music festival, play with freshness, energy and precision.
The Observer, 19-8-2012

Caecilia-Concert is a specialist in this repertoire. Originally consisting of trombone, dulcian and keyboard they usually invite colleagues to play with them, and with the two violinists and the cornettist on thls disc they have made an excellent choice. The result is an exciting disc full of surprises. One can only admire the technical capabilities of the three wind players whose instruments are among the hardest-to-play. 
Music Web International, 01-1-1970

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