Performers: Germana Busca (flute, recorders), Claudia Ferrero (recorders), Anna Aguzzi (recorders, shawm), Paolo Stagnoli (recorders, shawms), Roberto Terzolo (recorders, dulcian, crumhorn, percussion), Gabriele Zeppegno (recorders, crumhorn), Linda Murgia (viol), Elena Bonaudo (viol), Massimo Sartori (viol, recorder, crumhorn), Alessandro Percelsi (viol, crumhorn), Loredana Guarnieri (cello), Luca Casalegno (percussion), Pierangelo Gobbi (virginal), Massimo Marchese (archlute)
Playing time: 66'
Recording date: August 1995
Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630) was born near Dresden, but educated broadly in Leipzig where he took up the leading musical post. His Banchetto musicale (1617) is easily the most significant German instrumental publication to that point, beginning the process by which these dances would be more than "functional" music. The style still draws on such English composers as Brade, but also includes some more Italian elements, especially in the courentes. There are 20 Suites in the publication, with the Allemandas written in 4 parts and the other dances in 5.
The present interpretation is also interesting for its very low-pitched winds in some tracks.
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