Handel Uncaged: Cantatas for Alto

Handel Uncaged: Cantatas for AltoLawrence ZazzoGuillermo Brachetta, Jonathan Manson, Andrew MaginleyResonus/Inventa Records INV1002. 74’26 This nicely-planned programme brings together cantatas for alto voice and continuo from Handel’s remarkably productive early years in Italy. The principal item is the world premiere recording of the conglomerate cantata Amore Uccellatore. This combines two cantatas, Venne voglia (HWV 176) and Vendendo … Continue reading Handel Uncaged: Cantatas for Alto

Guillemain: Flute Quartets Op.12

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain: Flute Quartets Op.12 (1743) Fantasticus, Wilbert Hazelezet Resonus Classics,  RES10222. 2CDs, 44’13+44’44 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770) was a French composer and violinist. He started his violin studies in Paris and later studied in Italy. By 1729, Guillemain was working in Lyons and was soon appointed the first violinist of the Acadèmie de Musique. His … Continue reading Guillemain: Flute Quartets Op.12


Concerto Works for one & two harpsichords Guillermo Brachetta, Menno van Delft Resonus RES10189. 56’24 I have reviewed harpsichordist Guillermo Brachetta recordings on Resonus favourably several times before (here) but was almost immediately put off this CD by the overly mannered playing of Bach’s opening Italian Concerto (BWV 971), particularly the first two movements. Lingering on notes … Continue reading Concerto

Divine Noise – Theatrical music for two harpsichords

Divine Noise – Theatrical music for two harpsichords Menno van Delft, Guillermo Brachetta Resonus RES10145. 74:26 Rameau: Platée Suite arr Brachetta; F. Couperin: Le Pais du Parnasse; Le Roux: Suite in F You really do need to like the sound of the harpsichord to appreciate this CD, with its two powerful French harpsichords doing battle with each … Continue reading Divine Noise – Theatrical music for two harpsichords

Tartini & Veracini: Italian Violin Sonatas

Tartini & Veracini: Italian Violin Sonatas Rie Kimura & Fantasticus Resonus RES10148. 57’58 Although Tartini is better known nowadays, no doubt because of the myths surrounding his ‘Devil’s Trill’ sonata, it was the virtuoso violinist Veracini that was hitting the headlines in early 17th century Italy, Dresden and London. There is a certain degree of … Continue reading Tartini & Veracini: Italian Violin Sonatas