Classical CD Reviews
“Fire Beneath My Fingers” – VIVALDI: “La Tempesta di Mare” Concerto; Sonata in A minor RV 86; Concerto in G minor KV 106; Concerto in B Flat Major; TARTINI: Concerto in A Major; SAMMARTINI: Concerto in F Major – Musica Pacifica – Dorian
Published on April 27, 2008
When I first saw this CD I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to auditioning it. So many recordings of Vivaldi concertos come across my desk and few really stand out. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to this one I have revised my original assessment completely. This is one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I’ve heard in some time.
Part of its success has to be the clean and transparent sonics Dorian has offered the ensemble. It’s their fifth album for Dorian so presumedly they’ve worked out all the kinks to getting the sound they want. But this ten-member Baroque group is considered one of the best in the world and they deserve it. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the musicians are all members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (which records for Harmonia mundi), and many of them also appear with other top early music ensembles around the world.
Musica Pacifica’s members follow the latest style of non-boring, exciting interpretations of Baroque music, with sprightly tempi, enthusiastic attack where appropriate and plenty of expressiveness. However, their standards of accuracy and virtuosity sound higher than most of the other early music ensembles which have received attention and popularity. The virtuosity of the faster movements and the compelling flow of the slow movements are a treat in all six of these selections. A magically fresh approach to Baroque works for certain!
- John Sunier