Trios by Handel, Vivaldi & Telemann (CD)

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Daniel Yeadon, Genevieve Lacey, Neal Peres Da Costa

Trios by Handel, Vivaldi & Telemann

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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Tracklisting:

  1. Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV 522 I. Allegro
  2. Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV522 II. Larghetto e spiritoso
  3. Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in D minor RV522 III. Allegro
  4. Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 I. Larghetto
  5. Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 II. Allegro
  6. Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 III. Adagio
  7. Handel: Sonata in A minor HWV362 IV. Allegro
  8. Handel: Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 'Harmonious Blacksmith' IV. Air and Variations
  9. Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 I. Vivace
  10. Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 II. Mesto
  11. Telemann: Trio in F major TWV42:F3 III. Allegro
  12. Telemann: Fantasia in C major for solo recorder TWV40:2
  13. Handel: Aria 'Par che mi nasca in seno' from Tamerlano HWV18
  14. Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 I. Larghetto
  15. Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 II. Allegro
  16. Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 III. Larghetto
  17. Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 IV. A tempo di gavotte
  18. Handel: Sonata in C Major HWV365 V. Allegro
  19. Telemann: Sonata in D major for solo viola da gamba TWV40:1 I Andante
  20. Telemann: Trio in B minor I. Largo
  21. Telemann: Trio in B minor II. Vivace
  22. Telemann: Trio in B minor III. Dolce
  23. Telemann: Trio in B minor IV. Vivace
  24. Vivaldi: Concerto in D major for flute, violin and bassoon RV91 II. Largo
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Reviews:

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.

RATING: 4.5 stars

Mark Coughlan, The Australian (March 30, 2013)

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