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VENICE IN MEXICO
MEXICAN BAROQUE ORCHESTRA conducted by Miguel Lawrence

Mexico after the Spanish arrived saw a great deal of European art and culture being imported, including music from the great centres such as Venice. Not having harpsichords to hand, it became usual to use local instruments, vihuela and guitarron, for continuo. This policy is used here, and the sharp clear sound of the strings with the rhythmic base gives these works a new impetus and vitality. The Vivaldi pieces are fairly well known but the fine concertos by Facco were only discovered relatively recently.

Soloists: Miguel Lawrence (sopranino recorder); Manuel Zogbi (violin); Daniel Armas (psaltery)

CD DURATION:  60:34

AUDIO SAMPLE: Concerto in E minor, op. 1 no. 1 - beginning  




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tracks:
Giacomo FACCO:
Concerto in E minor, "Pensieri Adriarmonici"
for violin, strings and continuo, Op. 1 No. 1
Concerto in A major, "Pensieri Adriarmonici"
for violin, strings and continuo, Op. 1 No. 5
Antonio VIVALDI:
Concerto in D major for strings, RV121
Concerto in A minor, "L'estro Armoncio" for violin, Op. 3 No. 6
Concerto in C major for sopranino recorder, RV443
Concerto in D minor for strings, RV127
Concerto in C major for psaltery, RV425
Concerto in A minor for sopranino recorder, RV445

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The two concerti by Facco are as attractive as many by Vivaldi and Corelli. Played with delicacy and fluency... delightful virtuosity. The soloists are excellent. Plenty to enjoy on this CD... a hint of how European music might have been interpreted in the New World in the 18 th century.” – Elizabeth Rees (The Consort)

“Based on these two concertos, Facco makes Vivaldi sound almost stale... so vigorous, so high-spirited and so infectious,,, the Mexican players and their performances on this disc are outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed this disc and recommend it” – Jerry Dubins (Fanfare)

“Mexican Baroque Orchestra doesn’t need gimmicks. [They] carry the day with the verve and accuracy of their playing. The MBO”s enthusiasm for the pieces on this CD translates into a combination of melodic interest and rhythmic drive that makes the CD enjoyable throughout. The star of this CD is Miguel Lawrence playing recorder. Lawrence turns the recorder into something magical, a unique voice that it would be shameful to replace with a flute or piccolo. In short, [this] is a release of which Divine Art should be proud.” – Ed Barna (Rutland Herald)
“The ensemble blends and balances well, playing with a nice style and spirit. The finest playing here is in the two concertos for sopranino recorder. The color is varied and rich and the virtuoso playing delightful to hear.” – C. Moore (American Record Guide)