Harmonia Caelestis / Charivari Agreable
Signum Records prsents a new recording by Charivari Agréable. This CD explores instrumental music for the cornett from 16th century Italy. The cornett's appeal, according to Girolamo Dall Casa (1584), lies in its tonal similarity to the human voice. As such it was an instrument particuarly suited to supporting a choir, or to double a voice. Charivari Agréable explore the pairing of the cornett (a wind instrument) and strings, in various configurations through the imaginative performance practice first suggested by Bernandino Borlasca in 1616, Venice. By the end of the 16th century, the solistic use of the cornett was approaching its demise, however, Charivari's response has been to expand its repertory by discovering rarely heard works for the cornett which have surfaced from libraries baring a later date. Another response has been to revel in the creative historical performance practice of pastiche - by adapting and arranging the music of Siecento, Italy, with adventure and innovation. This creative process has benefited from an intimate knowledge of the compositional practice of the period, while allowing the group to share the essence of their ensemble philosophy.
Catalog Number: SIGCD049
Label: Signum Classics
Composer: Alessandro Piccinini, Alessandro Stradella, Bernardo Pasquini, Carlo Farina, Giovanni Palestrina, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Giovanni Picchi, Giulio Mussi, Gregorio Strozzi, Kah-Ming Ng, Pier Francesco Cavalli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Charivari Agréable
Performer: Jamie Savan, Kah-Ming Ng, Lynda Sayce, Oliver Webber, Susanne Heinrich