• Barsanti & Handel: Edinburgh 1742 (Parte seconda)

    Ensemble Marsyas, Peter Whelan

    Barsanti & Handel: Edinburgh 1742 (Parte seconda) 1 cd CKD626
    Linn Records

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Following the success of its 2017 recording Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel, Ensemble Marsyas returns to the music of the Italian composer Francesco Barsanti who made his home in eighteenth-century Scotland. Having already explored Barsanti’s Concerti grossi – Parte Prima, double horn concerto and his arrangements of Scottish tunes, fans will be pleased to be able to hear more music from this engaging composer. The new album will feature Barsanti’s Concerti grossi – Parte Seconda, composed and published in Edinburgh in 1742, thus completing the Opus 3 collection. Another set from ‘A Collection of Old Scots Tunes’, featuring Elizabeth Kenny and Colin Scobie, plus Handel’s Overture to Atalanta, which was performed by the Edinburgh Musical Society, complete the programme. Ensemble Marsyas’ groundbreaking recording of the Parte Prima enjoyed a rapturous reception, gaining a 2018 ICMA nomination and Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ and MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Year 2017’ accolades. Artistic Director Peter Whelan has once again created an album that provides a fascinating glimpse into eighteenth-century musical life in the Scottish capital.

"Whelan's airy and sprightly approach captures well the pleasurably frisky energy of Barsanti's often highly colourful instrumental writing."
The Irish Times
"Barsanti's Op. 3 concerti grossi (published in 1742) are exuberant and felicitous works, faintly Handelian in style (the two men knew each other) but infused to an even greater degree with an airy Italian grace. Movements alternate the stately with the playful, fugues and dances, robust and delicate textures — so building a set of contrasts that are beautifully highlighted by this crack ensemble."
BBC Music Magazine
"When the first volume was released, I hoped that the remaining concertos from Barsanti's Opus 3 would be recorded as well. I am happy that this wish has come true, and I am just as impressed with these concertos as I was with the first five."
MusicWeb International
"The amount of detail captured in the recordings is indeed impressive."
Early Music Review
"I am just as impressed with these concertos as I was with the first five. Barsanti's cause is served very well by the Ensemble Marsyas, whose performances fully explore the qualities of Barsanti's compositions. (…) . This is a very fine disc which breaks new ground and puts a composer on the map who deserves more attention."
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