Michala Petri / Lars Hannibal

Virtuoso Baroque: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

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This release by Danish recorder virtuosa Michala Petri has a couple of points of interest for those looking for a fun introduction to the world of Baroque recorder music. The pieces, originally from the closely related repertories of recorder, flute, and violin, are a sort of rogue's gallery of works that were transmitted before Baroque music was commonly played. The Sonata in G major, RV 59, for example, has its Ryom-Verzeichnis catalog number and was long taken as a genuine Vivaldi work; in fact it was an artful forgery by French composer and instrument builder Nicolas Chédeville. The booklet tells the interesting stories of some of these works. But the biggest attraction is the playing of Michala Petri herself. There are lots of young players with inventive ideas in the recorder repertory, but few that could handle the crushing transcription of Tartini's "Devil's Trill" sonata on offer here, and few capable of the mixture of tonal control and musicality that she manages throughout. The accompaniment is provided by the solo archlute of Lars Hannibal, a nice change from the usual keyboards and a richly resonant sound that defines a large musical space when paired with a recorder in its upper reaches. This in turn is captured effectively in the engineering of producer Preben Iwan in the OUR Recordings studio in Copenhagen. An unusually satisfying collection of recorder music even for those who think they don't like the recorder.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 9:56 Amazon
Sonata in D minor, TWV 41:d4
2 1:49 Amazon
3 3:41 Amazon
4 0:54 Amazon
5 3:23 Amazon
Sonata in F major, BWV 1033
6 1:29 Amazon
7 2:19 Amazon
8 1:38 Amazon
9 2:50 Amazon
Sonata in G major, RV 59
10 1:44 Amazon
11 3:03 Amazon
12 3:35 Amazon
13 1:53 Amazon
14 10:55 Amazon
Sonata in G minor "Trillo del Diavolo"
15 2:26 Amazon
16 2:47 Amazon
17 7:03 Amazon
Sonata in B flat major, HWV 377
18 2:07 Amazon
19 1:23 Amazon
20 2:41 Amazon
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