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Catherine Moore
American Record Guide, May 2012

If you are new to 17th-Century instrumental music, don’t assume that it is inferior to the vocal music of that era because it was later (in the 18th Century) that instrumental forms solidified into the great string repertoire of Haydn and Mozart. In the hands of fine players such as these the extended multi-section canzonas and sonatas leave a deep impression.

These performances—recorded in 1997—unlock all the dramatic potential of string music in the Seicento, and pieces such as the two Castello sonatas here (1629) are the equal of the strong and vibrant instrumental writing in Monteverdi’s large-scale madrigal dramas. Superb playing by Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca brings to mind the finest interpretations of the vivid scenes in ‘Il Combattimento di Tancredi E Clorinda’. As I listen, I clearly see a story being told, boldly and sweetly by turns, and the solo passages are like the finest declaimed singing. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online

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