A second volume of flute concertos from eighteenth-century Naples from period band Auser Musici. Their first album of this repertoire was particularly praised for the impeccably stylish playing of flautist Carlo Ipata, and for the discovery of the music itself, which despite its obscurity is delightfully appealing.
The works are placed in their historical context in the booklet note by Stefano Aresi, who writes: ‘To listen to the flute concertos of these composers is to be transported to the atmosphere of everyday music-making in Naples, that of the private concerts in the aristocratic palaces. They give a good idea of the extremely high average quality of the compositions habitually consumed by the cream of Neapolitan society, perfectly representing the taste of an era and the outstanding virtuosity of the performers who were regularly employed there’.
Auser Musici play quick music with brio, slower movements have a graceful lyrical sweep and Ipata's flute-playing is always shapely; there's no disputing the easy charm of these skilfully crafted concertos. Gramophone