Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sacabuche! Performs 17th Century Italian Motets
Scholarship has led to informed performance practices that incorporate trombones into baroque choral music. And that's what makes this new release by Sacabuche! is a little different.
Every work on this release specifically calls for trombones as part of the continuo. And the trombones don't just double the voices. They also serve a continuo role, providing harmonic texture to the moving vocal lines. And sometimes even serve as an additional wordless choir.
This early music sackbut and vocal ensemble knows this repertoire well -- even if the listener doesn't. As their literature says, they perform "the beautiful and lesser-known repertoire for baroque trombones, organ and voice." True on all counts. Francesco Usper, Gasparo Casati, and Stefano Pasino aren't familiar even to many baroque music aficionados -- but they should be. The music on this recording is all well-constructed and tuneful. And impeccably played.
17th Century Italian Motets
Atmas Classics ACD2 2712