Der musikalische Garten
Coviello Classics COV91705
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]er musikalische Garten is an exciting young trio sonata line-up consisting of two violins, cello and harpsichord. For this recording, they have chosen a previously unrecorded set of 12 Concerti à 3 by Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, which were perhaps written before he moved to Germany, where he worked for most of his professional career as a virtuoso violinist, composer and Kapellmeister to the court in Stuttgart. While each of the six works on this fine CD (there will be a second volume to complete the set) broadly follow the pattern of the sonata da chiesa, the booklet notes are correct in saying that the technical demands placed on the violinists justify the use of the term “concerti”. The present performers have no problems in producing neat, characterful renditions, and the no-nonsense continuo team provides a modest but stylish foundation for their exploits. Brescianello is equally at home writing tuneful slow movements as he is working out proper counterpoint; these are fine works that deserve to be better known – and the equally fine musicians of Der musikalische Garten are leading the way.