Ruffo: Capricci

Ruffo: Capricci a tre voci
Accademia Strumentale Italiana - Alberto Rasi
Stradivarius Dulcimer 33337

This program is certainly worthwhile for its uniqueness, and its glimpse at Italian ensemble technique in the mid-16th century. However, the pieces themselves are also remarkably rich and valuable. The variety of 3-voice counterpoint is impressive indeed.

The performance is quite good, with a wide variety of instrumentation and sensitive articulation. The use of real historical instruments is a nice touch. It perhaps lacks a true dose of passion, but remains a fine effort with an exceptionally clear presentation.

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Todd M. McComb