The Nightingale’s Response

Fontanella Recorder Quintet
43:44
Barn Cottage Records bcr015
Music by Campion, F. Couperin, Merula, Purcell, Van Eyck, Vivaldi & modern composers

This charming CD of music for recorders ranges from Elizabethan repertoire to contemporary repertoire, taking in music by van Eyck, Purcell, Couperin and Vivaldi on the way. A general rustic theme with particular focus on the nightingale relies to some extent on arrangements of original works by members of the group such as the Vivaldi Concerto ‘Pastorella’ which is played in a lovely arrangement by Rebecca Austen-Brown. Although details are sparse in the programme booklet, it sounds to me as if they use Renaissance instruments for the earlier repertoire and Baroque recorders for the later material. In any case, the playing is beautifully sensitive, the blend and tuning wonderfully focused and the performances delightfully musical and involving. Particularly striking is the group’s account of Volière from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals in a brilliant arrangement by Annabel Knight.

D. James Ross

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