Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Daniel Yeadon (viola da gamba/cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (organ/harpsichord)
Internationally renowned early music virtuosi Genevieve Lacey, Daniel Yeadon, and Neal Peres Da Costa here bring their expertise and insights to the music of the Baroque masters.
Trios by Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann sparkle with life, by turns brilliant with filigree ornamentation, rich with the colours of the instruments this music was written for, sighing with pleasure and dancing with joy.
Since their return to Australia after 15 years in London, Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon have regularly joined Genevieve in recitals.
Producer: Stephen Snelleman Engineer: Jim Atkins Recorded in Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne, for ABC Classics
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Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV 522 I. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV522 II. Larghetto e spiritoso
Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV522 III. Allegro
Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 I. Larghetto
Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 II. Allegro
Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 III. Adagio
Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 IV. Allegro
Handel: Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 'Harmonious Blacksmith' IV. Air and Variations
Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 I. Vivace
Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 II. Mesto
Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 III. Allegro
Telemann: Fantasia in C major for solo recorder TWV40:2
Handel: Aria 'Par che mi nasca in seno' from Tamerlano HWV18
Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 I. Larghetto
Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 II. Allegro
Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 III. Larghetto
Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 IV. A tempo di gavotte
Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 V. Allegro
Telemann: Sonata in D major for solo viola da gamba TWV40:1 I Andante
Telemann: Trio in B minor I. Largo
Telemann: Trio in B minor II. Vivace
Telemann: Trio in B minor III. Dolce
Telemann: Trio in B minor IV. Vivace
Vivaldi: Concerto in D major for flute, violin and bassoon RV91 II. Largo
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THIS CD is all about the number three; three Australian musicians from three diverse geographical backgrounds playing music by three baroque composers representing the musical styles of three cities. The beautifully produced booklet contains maps of London, Venice and Hamburg contemporaneous to the times of Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann respectively. There are maps of the birthplaces of the performers - Papua New Guinea, India and Britain - as well as humorously stylised maps of modern Sydney and Melbourne.
An excellent commentary caps off an impressive production, yet all of this would be futile if the recording did not contain playing of the highest order.
Fortunately Genevieve Lacey, Neal Peres Da Costa and Daniel Yeadon are consummate performers of early music. They combine here to deliver an album of consistently excellent playing.
One often hears performers in this repertoire trying to make an impression through exaggerated tempos and overplayed rhythms, but this trio creates refined performances enlivened with subtle rhythmic energy and elegant shaping.
The players include their own arrangements, including a beautiful Handel aria (with Yeadon's fluid cello on the vocal line) and an excerpt from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Each player contributes a solo work. Da Costa provides an elegantly crafted account of the brilliant variations from Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, Lacey creates an improvisational quality in a Telemann Fantasia and Yeadon's Telemann sonata is played with assurance.