Castello - In Stil Moderno

Castello - In Stil Moderno
The Heritage de Monteverdi, IV
Kiehr / La Fenice - Jean Tubéry
Ricercar 206422


  1. Sonata decima sexta per strumento d'arco e altri
  2. Sonata seconda per due soprani
  3. Exultate Deo, motetto a voce sola
  4. Sonata seconda per soprano solo
  5. Sonata decima quinta per strumenti d'arco
  6. Sonata decima settima per due violini e due cornetti in ecco
  7. Sonata undecima per due violini e trombone
  8. Sonata decima per due soprani e fagotto
  9. Sonata quarta per due soprani
  10. Sonata duodecima per due soprani e trombone

Performers: Jean Tubery (cornet), Yoshimichi Yamada (cornet), Enrico Parizzi (violin), Alessandro Ciccolini (violin), Judith Depoutot (viola), Arno Jochem de la Rosee (cello), Jean-Jacques Herbin (sackbut), Franck Poitrineau (sackbut), Jérémie Papasergio (dulcian), Christina Pluhar (theorbo, triple harp), Matthias Spaeter (archlute, chitarrone), Jean Marc Aymes (harpsichord), Jörg Andreas Bötticher (organ), Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano - track #3)

Playing time: 54'

Recording date: January 1995 (Switzerland)

Although little is known of his life, the two books of sonate by Dario Castello published in Venice in 1621 & 1627 are sufficient to establish his fame. These are some of the most significant early instrumental publications in Italy. Indeed, despite the composer's obscurity (he identifies himself as a woodwind player in Venice), the first book was republished in 1629 and twice in 1658. The liner notes for the present release explore some theories on about Castello's life and career.

Track #3 is his only surviving motet, published in the collection Ghirlanda Sacra in 1625.

An even more extensive survey of Castello on winds:

Castello: 12 Sonate concertanti in stile moderno
Accademia Farnese - Claudio Ferrarini
Mondo Musica 96019 (2 CDs)

An earlier Castello recording also including similar works by a contemporary:

Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno
Virtuoso Instrumental Music by Castello and Scarani
Concerto Palatino
Accent 9058

Other recordings devoted to Castello:

Castello: Sonata Concertate
Europa Galante - Fabio Biondi
Opus 111 30-62
Castello: Sonate Concertate
Musica Fiorita - Daniela Dolci
Tactus 590301

And a program featuring both Castello and his contemporary Giovanni Picchi (1572-1643):

The Floating City
Sonatas, canzonas and dances by Dario Castello and Giovanni Picchi
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
Hyperion 67013

Finally, a recording featuring the somewhat later composer Antonio Bertali (1605-1669):

Bertali: Sonate Festive
Musica Fiata - Roland Wilson
CPO 999 545

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Todd M. McComb