, January 2009
…much is owed to the liveliness of the Naxos performance, using a first-rate ensemble from Bologna under Sergio Vartolo. With splendidly crisp ensemble the singers consistently bring out the sharply rhythmic quality of Vecchi’s writing, with clear, well-balanced sound. Full texts and an English translation are provided.
L’amfiparnaso is also brought vividly to life by the solo and ensemble singing on Harmonia Mundi. Il convito musicale (of which we are given only excerpts) is an innocent pastoral sequence set in a garden. A touching lament, Lunghi danni, follows but it is the closing section, with its engaging vocal imitations of instruments and animals croaking together, that makes the piece memorable. The recording is first class and so is the basic documentation, but the texts are now given in only tow languages, French and Italian, so the Naxos disc is the preferable choice.