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Ensemble Marsyas - Edinburgh 1742 - Pizzicato


17 August 2017
Pizzicato
Remy Franck
5 Stars

Unbändige Spielfreude kennzeichnet das Musizieren des Edinburgher ‘Ensemble Marsyas’ unter seinem irischen Leiter Peter Whelan, das hier neben etwas Musik von Georg Friedrich Händel Concerti grossi des Italieners Francesco Barsanti spielt, die dieser für die ‘Edinburgh Musical Society’ komponierte und in denen das Horn eine prominente Rolle spielt.

Barsanti, der mehrere Jahre lang in Schottland lebte, benutzte für seine Kompositionen schottische Melodien, und seine Musik ist entsprechend gefällig. Der spielerische Umgang mit seiner barocker Sprache hindert die Musiker von ‘Marsyas’ nicht daran, die Musik mit raffinierter Eleganz zu präsentieren und den langsamen Sätzen ohne jegliche Schwere das nötige Affetto zu geben.

Ensemble Marsyas plays with an infectious joy of music making. The pride of presenting this widely unknown music of Italian composer Francesco Barsanti together with a few popular pieces is palpable through the entire program. The refinement and the elegance are equally impressive.


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