Jonathan Talbott - Forgotten Virtuosi - Early Music Review

08 October 2007
Early Music Review

This CD is another extremely worthy project from Aliud; solo works from some of the 17th century's finest (non Vienna-based) violinists including Baltzar and Johan Schop in northern Europe and Castello and Marini in Italy.  Jonathan Talbott is the violinist who makes an excellent case for the re-discovery of most pieces, although I admit that, even as a violinist myself, the whole disc seemed just a little too long, or perhaps the Schmelzer and Geminiani recitals I'd heard before simply were full of more gripping music?  This is one of very few discs of such works and, as such is pretty much a 'must hear' for anyone seriously interested  - and enjoyable, albeit in Classic FM style chunks.
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