"Don't be fooled: the period instruments are no gimmick. This is an exquisite rendering of the D956, full of brooding tenderness in the Adagio and of delightful energy in the other movements. It is not as slick or polished as some other recordings (e.g. the Alban Berg Quartet's EMI, which I would also highly recommend), and the recording is crystal clear, i.e. unforgiving. The result may not be to everyone's taste, but I have never heard a more satisfying version of this work. Shame on Sony for letting it lapse from their catalog!"
Sony Classical celebrates the 80th birthday of distinguished Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma with a special survey of his finest recordings, many originally issued on Sony s legendary period-music label Vivarte, and now re-released as four individually boxed sets. Born in The Hague in 1934, Bylsma won First Prize in the 1959 Pablo Casals Competition in Mexico and served as Principal Cellist in Amsterdam s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1962 to 1968, before becoming better known as one of the leading pioneers in the period-instrument revival of the Sixties and Seventies.
Das Ensemble L`Archibudelli um den Cellisten Anner Bylsma hat gemeinsam mit der wunderbaren Sopranistin Roberta Invernizzi die äußerst selten eingespielte Messe von Luigi Boccherini in einer fantastischen Einspielung neu aufgenommen. Trotz minimaler Bestzung ohne Chor und Bläser wird der Hörer von der Dramatik der einzelnen Sätze gefesselt. Rberta Invernizzi bringt mit klarer und feiner Stimme jede einzelne Wendung dieses interessanten Werkes voll zur Geltung und das Streicherensemble brilliert mit kraftvoll zupackendem Ton und wunderbaren langsamen Sätzen. Das Stabat Mater wird ergänzt durch die Streichquintette op. 42. Eine neue Referenzeinspielung der Vivarte- Reihe für alte Musik.
Though born a Slovene, Jacobus Gallus centered his entire work around Vienna, Prague and the diocesan city of Olomouc (Olmütz). The surprising mobility of Gallus's truly Renaissance career shows him as a model of the sixteenth-century composer. Gallus was active at both abbey and court, though at times for only a brief period before moving on: Melk, Brno (Brünn), Wroclaw (Breslau), Legnica (Liegflitz), Görlitz, Zwettl, and elsewhere. His cosmopolitan spirit is reflected, moreover, in the numerous variations of his name: Handl, Petelin, Haehn, Handelius, Coq, Kohoutek.
The style in which Gallus composed cannot be described in a few words. The fascination of his work derives from the harmonious association of different streams: on the one hand, a tendency which, despite the variety of stylistic means used, is basically conservative (the Northern influence) and, on the other, ideas which - sparse at times, but richly applied at others - range from the liberal to the progressive.