Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Antonio Soler: 6 Concertos

"Antonio Soler (1729-83) was educated in the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat near Barcelona and became a monk. This however did not prevent his working at the Spanish Court in Madrid with Scarlatti and teaching various members of the royal family. He had almost too much facility as a composer, as is apparent in the six so-called 'concertos' which fill the two sides of this record to the brim, but an individual charm surfaces from time to time."

"The music is played with unfailing skill and sympathy, and it has been very well recorded." --Gramophone, reviewing the original LP release.

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