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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Costanzo Festa: La Spagna - 32 Contrapunti (2015)

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Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Costanzo Festa: La Spagna - 32 Contrapunti (2015)

Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble - Costanzo Festa: La Spagna - 32 Contrapunti (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 52:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1951799 | Recorded: 2002

While this first recording of 32 of Costanzo Festa’s 125 variations on the popular cantus firmus melody La Spagna is expertly performed and sounds terrific, this definitely is a disc that will appeal primarily to specialists and other devotees of 16th-century instrumental music. Listeners who appreciate such things will be fascinated with Festa’s imaginative and highly skilled treatment of the 37-note “theme”, which he preserves intact throughout each of his contrapunti, which employ varying numbers of parts, from three to 11. The latter, Contrapunto 125, which is “the last variation of the manuscript”, is grand and richly harmonious and Paul Van Nevel’s choice of instruments fully exploits these attributes.