NRC gave Antonini and Il Giardino four stars and wrote: “Music that might soon sound obligatory in a large orchestra remains a collection of lively and individual voices in this performance.”
The art of period performance comprises more than merely attempting to replicate the sound and playing styles from a few hundred years ago – described as such, this form of performance sounds far too clinical and scientific. Witnessing a truly successful period performance feels like seeing centuries-old music come into being in that very moment. A magical tension, as if the tones finally find the place where they belong.
Händel Concerto grosso no. 1 | Barbella Concerto in D major for mandolin and basso continuo | Durante Concerto in G minor for strings and basso continuo | J.S. Bach Concerto in re minore, BMV 1060 | Vivaldi Sinfonia ‘al Santo Sepolcro’ in B minor | C.P.E. Bach Symphony in G major | Sollima Concerto
Avi Avital mandolin | Il Giardino Armonico | Giovanni Antonini musical direction