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CSQ, - Italian Baroque. CLASSCD687
”Concerto Grosso No. 8” – A.Corelli
”Concerto Grosso No. 1&2” – A.Scarlatti
”Salve Regin”a – G.Pergolsi
Guests: Mathias Hedegaard – vocal
Viggo Mangor- organ/producer
Download the full LINER-NOTES by Torben Snekkestad here!
”Italian Baroque” proves to be just as enjoyable as its predecessor...... a combination of tasteful arrangements, stylistic awareness and, more importantly, impeccable musicianship, should prove enough to overcome the prejudices of all but the most militant purists..
The Corelli Concerto Grosso is luminous and transparent, the saxophones combining with the organ to produce the requisite coloration.
The central Adagio-Allegro-Adagio is nothing short of sublime, while the famous Largo pastorale, with which the concert ends, is pure magic. Sometimes you can almost feel the Quartet`s straining against the temptation to swing, and this tension lends an added piquancy to the playing.
.... Devotees of the sax will love this disc – so will those for whom the spirit is more important than the letter.”
(International Record Review)
“But guess what? This CD is good, and deserving of praise. It features fine arrangements that are surprisingly effective (by CSQ members Andersson and Snekkestad), a coherent conception of the music, sound engineering that flatters the ear, and absolutely wonderful players with perfect intonation, delightful ensemble playing and—lo and behold!—a sense of style that surpasses that of the majority of “modern” performers. The young musicians of the group emulate the timbre of the most common Baroque winds: flutes, oboes, bassoons, trumpets. The addition of an organ (played by Viggo Mangor) smooths out any harsh edges, creating a homogeneous sound landscape that nicely incorporates the tone of the saxes. Tenor Mathias Hedegaard joins the group in the Pergolesi pieces, creating a creamy, agreeable blend.”
(FANFARE Music Magazine)