Presenting a well-rounded program of Baroque vocal and instrumental music from the Leufsta collection at Uppsala University, the period ensemble Rebaroque contributes a third volume to the BIS series, The Musical Treasures of Leufsta Bruk. This Swedish village, also known as Lövstabruk, is situated to the north of Stockholm and was home to an ironworks foundry established in the 16th century by the Belgian financier Louis De Geer. His descendant, Charles De Geer, was an avid entomologist and an amateur musician, and the scores he collected and played contained a variety of sheet music imported from Amsterdam that was representative of the eclectic styles and tastes of 18th century Europe. As the featured artist, soprano Elin Rombo carries the album with her well-articulated and beautiful renditions of sacred music and secular arias, performing pieces by Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch and Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, along with five psalms from the Swedish Psalmbook and a pair of anonymous arias. Also included is a keyboard work, the Sonata No. 5 in G minor by Friar Ioannes De Boeck, which organist Peter Lönnerberg delivers with panache, and the instrumental ensemble -- violinists Marie Lindal and Elias Gammelgård, cellist Daniel Holst, and bassist Jonas Dominique -- join Rombo and Lönnerberg in a delightful performance of Church Music for Easter Day by Hinrich Philip Johnsen. Issued as a hybrid SACD, the recorded sound in Lövstabruk's church is slightly echoic but focused and balanced.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Sonata V in G minor (from Six Suittes pour le Clavi-Cembalo ou l'Orgue...Opera Seconda)|
|Cantata I (from Due Cantate a Voce Solo e Basso Continuo...Opera Terza)|
|Kyrko-Musique på Påsk-Dagen 1757|