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Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)

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Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)

Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 7901378 | Recorded: 1991

Boccherini wrote two versions of his much admired Stabat mater. The original dates from 1781 and is for solo voice; then, 20 years later, he revised it, on a larger scale, using three voices, in order (he said) to avoid the monotony of the single voice and the fatigue to the singer, and also adding a symphony movement to it. This 1801 version was published during his lifetime and in several later editions and seems to have eclipsed the earlier one altogether (which survives only in the autograph manuscript). Yet on hearing this new recording of the original I feel that it conveys the message of the work much more potently than does the more elaborate later version.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 53:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT070902 | Recorded: 2006

This disc of Vivaldi concertos celebrates ten years of the French label Zig-Zag Territoires. The fulsome paean contained in the booklet, sometimes flowery in its prose, sometimes fanciful in its content – ‘Long may our CDs continue to stir this life force within you!’ etc. – may not win new friends, but the playing of Ensemble 415 certainly should. Director and founder of the group, Chiara Banchini has chosen the four Concertos for four violins from Vivaldi’s first and most varied printed sets, L’estro armonico (1711), as well as two further works that, along with the greater number of his concertos remained unpublished during Vivaldi’s lifetime, a Concerto in F major for three violins (RV 551) and in B flat for four (RV 553).

Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Quintets avec deux altos (1999)

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Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Quintets avec deux altos (1999)

Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Quintets avec deux altos (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:07:49 | 321 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 1951402

For a work in C major, the initial theme of the first Op. 60 quintet is especially haunting and strange. As it turns out the source of this tune is a lullaby from Madrid. In the hands of this old master, though, who faced poverty and poor health by the time of these works (circa 1801), the lullaby feels like a funeral dirge (anticipating Mahler's first symphony by 87 years). The entire first movement feels very agitated, which was off putting the first few times I listened to this CD, but it has since grown on me. This is not the flowery Boccherini of early years, instead we find the music of an increasingly broken man.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territories | # ZZT 030801 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) was a gifted cellist and a rival of Handel's; he wrote more than 30 operas and 300 cantatas. I approached this "serenata a tre" with trepidation, fearing something coy and intermezzo-like; in fact, it's simply beautiful. The not-riveting plot concerns soprano nymph Cloris' refusal of love for countertenor shepherd Tirsi, and her subsequent turnaround. Baritone Fileno, a satyr, loves her but convinces her that love is cruel because he is jealous of her love for Tirsi. In the end, Fileno vows vengeance and departs, and the lovers unite, praising fidelity and love. Bononcini manages to capture truly felt moments of love, anger, warmth, happiness, and heartbreak with minimal forces–just a few strings, all played stunningly (as usual) by Ensemble 415–and fine melodies.

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

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Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 238 Mb | Total time: 52:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901571 | Recorded: 1995

“Here's a very attractively prepared menu whose main course is the Stabatmater for countertenor and strings. Hors-d'oeuvres and side-dishes consist of a ripieno concerto (RV114), a chamber cantata for countertenor and strings (RV684), a string sonata in E flat (RV130) and an introductory motet to a lost Miserere (RV638). Taken together, the pieces demonstrate something of Vivaldi's diverse style as a composer. The chamber cantata, if closely related to the two sacred vocal items on the disc in respect of tonal colour, differs from them in character.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 69:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901581 | Recorded: 1995

Muffat was in more ways than one the product of many cultures. Born in Savoy to a family of Scottish descent, he was trained by Lully in Paris, was taken under the wing of Pasquini and Corelli in Rome, and yet always considered himself a German. The style of his music is equally eclectic, combining the dance-like nature of seventeenth-century French music with the gusto and fantasy of Italian music and the sombreness of the music of the North. The result is astounding. In this vigorous performance, Ensemble 415, one of the best of today's period-instrument groups, tries to recreate the sound of the seventeenth-century Roman chamber orchestra.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Tartini: Concerti (1995)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Tartini: Concerti (1995)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Tartini: Concerti (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # 901548 | Recorded: 1994

Chiara Banchini plays a sweet-toned Amati from 1651, predating Tartini (1692-1770) himself. His mercurial style seems ideally attuned to the ebb and flow of the music: largos are wistful and sad, allegros darting and fanciful with the florid ornamentation tossed off like birdsong. The carefully inflected performances of Ensemble 415 make plain the "affetti" (state of emotions) that inform Tartini's work. The Italian violin virtuoso made frequent use of poetry to inspire his composing, sometimes even recording the affecting epigram in the score.