This new album by Seldom Sene, the remarkable Recorder Quintet from The Netherlands, presents arrangements of well known Baroque Concertos for recorder Ensemble and continuo.
Baroque concertos are very attractive to adapt because of their virtuosity and expressiveness. Hence they form the heart of this new recording, Concerto Barocco. The repertoire is brought to life with the added colours of harpsichord and organ. The challenge was to create a wide variety of sounds through the intelligent use of different types of recorders and the stops of harpsichord and organ.
Presented are works by Handel (Concerto grosso, organ concerto), Bach (Violin Concerto, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6), Vivaldi (Concerto grosso), Scheidt and Vitali.
Seldom Sene is a recorder quintet on a mission to redefine the art of consort, namely in performing and arranging works seldom heard, in a manner seldom seen. Their innovative programming and CD recordings have earned them the highest international praise: “A model of creative and thoughtful programming…the playing is of the highest order, immaculate intonation and perfect ensemble” (Musicweb), “With passionate command, skillful precision, nuanced dynamics, the ensemble succeeds in creating a surprising spectrum of enchanting, unheard-of sounds” (MDR.de)