Concerti Curiosi


“This curious conglomeration of concertos is a celebration of contrasts”. Thus begins Kah-Ming Ng’s introduction to this collection of works from the 18th century. Although none of the composers featured may be familiar, each work has been picked for it’s fine technical skill and illuminating sound, taking inspiration from the 18th century definition of ‘curious” as being ‘rare, excellent and fine’. Includes works by Paradis, Reichenauer, Berlin, Pepusch, Hertel, Croft and Baldassari.

For those who know Pachelbel only through the Canon, this disc will be revelatory … Each piece is beautifully served by the ensemble – The Sunday Times

The title of the ensemble and their new disc are both pertinent, it’s an agreeable collection full of curiosities … Ng’s notes do a decent job of describing the impact of Vivaldi and his fellow Italians on the music scene in England – BBC Radio 3 Record Review

The highlight is Pietro Domenico Paradies’ aptly-titled A Favourite Concerto, a delightful harpsichord piece that affords the ensemble’s director Kah-Ming Ng full rein to display his keyboard prowess – The Independent

This is a disc for adventurous music-lovers who like to extend their horizon and are not satisfied with listening to the same masterpieces over and over again. Charivari Agréable deserve our congratulations with this 20th volume in their impressive discography. May many more follow – MusicWeb International

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Charivari Agréable

RELEASE DATE: 28/03/2011
BARCODE: 635212024928

A favourite concerto for the organ or harpsichord

1. Vivace e staccato—Allegretto

2. Adagio

3. Allegretto

Concerto à 5 for oboe

4. Allegro

5. Adagio

6. Allegro

Sinfonia à 5 for cornett

7. Allegro

8. Largo

8. Allegro

Concerto for four violins

9. Allegro

10. Largo

11. Vivace

Concerto no. 3 for trumpet

12. Allegro ma non troppo

13. Largo

14. Vivace

Sonata for four violins and continuo

15. Allegro

16. Adagio

17. Allegro

Sonata for cornett and strings

18. Allegro

19. Grave

20. Allegro

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