This recording is excellent on so many levels. Great music, first; great performances, second, and what sound! Rich, full, superb playing. I enjoyed this and the second release by Dieltiens on Harmonia Mundi. Dieltiens is a real star on the baroque cello; he's got excellent interpretive technique, and is joined by equally interesting colleagues.
In 1997, Roel Dieltiens gathered a group of internationally respected musicians with whom he worked on a scrupulous, in-depth, and fresh interpretation of lesser-known 19th-century repertoires: Ensemble Explorations. One of the ensemble's motivational forces has been to elude a musical approach determined by force of habit. In order to achieve their goal, the ensemble has sought to (re)discover and systematically investigate score materials, composers, and style periods. Within this philosophy, the use of period instruments has always been an obvious and natural choice. In the past decade, the ensemble has managed to restore important composers to their authentic environment, devoid of all dreary conventions.
"Ensemble 415 is a chamber ensemble devoted largely to the performance of Baroque music on period instruments. The numerical reference in the group's name derives from the pitch used for tuning instruments in the Baroque era. In performing chamber music, Ensemble 415 consists of just a few players, but for larger compositions, the number expands to a minimum of 13 and can reach up to as high as 40 performers. The ensemble's repertory has been broad over the years, taking in many Baroque standards by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, as well as lesser known fare by Muffat and others…"
'No doubt about it: Antonin Reicha ranks among the great masters of music history from the transitional period between Viennese classicism and Romanticism.'