Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Contest Of Apollo & Pan

“Five Sonatas from 1629 by Dario Castello, some not otherwise recorded, provide the core to their programme. They alternate between three equal parts, with two violins duetting above bass, and passages highlighting the delightful buzz of the dulcian. Ensemble here, as throughout, is very taut, even when pathos demands a flexing tempo.” --BBC Music Magazine *****

“The performances revel in their distinctive sound world, making much of the music's textural oppositions without straying into mannerism. The wispy-toned Renaissance violins are not always spot-on with tuning, but Sally Holman's dulcian is a reliable and forthright pleasure.” --Gramophone

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