Canta in Prato = Songs, Dances, and Arias – Cappella Stravagante – Profil Hanssler

by | Feb 18, 2008 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments

Canta in Prato = Songs, Dances, and Arias – Cappella Stravagante – Profil Hanssler PH07068, 55:33 *** (Distr. by Allegro):

This disc might serve as a primer for Renaissance and early Baroque music. There is a good mix of pieces from the births of William Cornyshe (1468) to Antonio Vivaldi (1678), all done with a lot of spirit and an ability to adjust accordingly to the styles pertinent to the particular 200-year span.

I am a little concerned by some of the roughness of the performances, however. Soprano Kathrin Freyburg is too out-of-control in some of her vocalizations, and the general level of the sound is rather bright and antiseptic. There is not as much finesse applied to these works as on some other recordings, and I think a little tightening of reins might be in order. That being said, compilations like this are sometimes hard to come by, and for anyone wanting an introduction to this general time period, the disc will do nicely and afford much pleasure.


VIVALDI: Canta in Prato; In furore iustissimae irae
HENRY VIII: Pastime with good company
FOLKSONG: Greensleeves
CORNYSHE: Blow thy Horn, Hunter
PRAETORIUS: Bransle de la Torche
HOLBORNE: Image of Melancholly
JM BACH: Es ist ein grosser Gewinn
MONTEVERDI: Clori amorosa; Dolci miei sospiri; Rosetta, che Rosetta
SCARLATTI: Lontan dalla sua Clori

— Steven Ritter


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