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CHAN 0756
The Contest of Apollo and Pan

An anthology of instrumental music by Castello and his contemporaries

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Apollo & Pan



Venue:

St Mary's Church, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk



Producer:

Martin Compton



Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 72:20
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DARIO CASTELLO

(1590-1644)
1 

Sonata No. 10 from Book II (1629)

4:58
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

TARQUINIO MERULA

(1594/95-1665)
2 

Chiacona from Op. 3 (1637)

2:38
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

DARIO CASTELLO

3 

Sonata No. 4 from Book II (1629)

5:42
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

BIAGIO MARINI

(1594-1663)
4 

Sonata sopra 'Fuggi dolente core' from Op. 22 (1655)

2:32
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

GIOVANNI ANTONIO BERTOLI

(1598-?1645)
5 

Sonata No. 7 from 'Compositioini Musicali' (1645)

6:42
  for dulcian and continuo  
 

GIOVANNI BATTISTA BUONAMENTE

(?-1642)
 

From Book IV (1626)

6:09  
  for two violins and continuo  
6 Sinfonia 1:49
7 Brando 1:52
8 Gagliarda 1:26
9 Corrente 1:02
   
 

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI

(1583-1643)
10 

Toccata No. 1 from Book II (1627/37)

4:36
11 

Capriccio Ruggiero from 'Il primo libro capricci' (1626)

6:27
  for harpsichord solo  
 

SALAMONE ROSSI

(1570-c. 1630)
12 

Sonata sopra un aria francese from Book IV (1622)

2:40
  for two violins and continuo  
 

DARIO CASTELLO

13 

Sonata No. 7 from Book II (1629)

5:31
  for violin, dulcian and continuo  
 

CIPRIANO DE RORE

(1515/16[1565])
14 

Ancor che col partire

5:52
  arr. for organ solo  
 

GIOVANNI BATTISTA SPADI DA FAENZA

  Divisions on Ancor che col partire  
 

DARIO CASTELLO

15 

Sonata No. 8 from Book II (1629)

4:31
  for violin, dulcian and continuo  
 

BIAGIO MARINI

16 

Balletto No. 1 from Op. 22 (1655)

3:27
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

DARIO CASTELLO

17 

Sonata No. 9 from Book II (1629)

6:53
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
 

FRANCESCO TURINI

(c. 1589-1656)
18 

Sonata 'E tanto tempo hormai' from 'Madrigali'… Book I (1621)

3:42
  for two violins, dulcian and continuo  
Winner of the 2001 International Early Music Network Young Artists’ Competition, Apollo & Pan is a dynamic young group which explores the numerous hitherto neglected works for violin, bassoon and keyboard from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, using both Renaissance and baroque instruments.

Tassilo Erhardt and Sally Holman met and formed Apollo & Pan while studying at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In England they were joined by the keyboard player Steven Devine who was the winner of the inaugural Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1993.

The virtuoso sonatas of Dario Castello offer a synopsis of the crucial stage of development in instrumental music during the early seventeenth century. They are complemented here by dances and an anthology of the most common variations of the time. The instrumentation is particularly noted for the virtuosic writing for bassoon.

Little is known about the life of Castello apart from what can be learnt from the title pages of his collections, on which he calls himself the leader of the wind band at the San Marco basilica in Venice. During the sixteenth century it was the duty of the basilica’s second organist to arrange wind music for special ceremonies. Castello’s two collections of virtuoso instrumental music are milestones in the repertoire, and led to a considerable number of reprints for several decades after their initial publication.

The five works recorded here represent the typical virtuoso sonatas of the then modern stile concertato, which implied the interaction of diverse musical forces. The second large group of pieces featured here consists of variation movements, which enjoyed their greatest popularity during the seventeenth century. Apollo & Pan here performs music by some of the finest and most progressive writers of the age, including Sonata No. 7 by Bertoli, a Ciaccona by Merula, the Sonata on E tanto tempo hormai by Turini, Fuggi dolente core by Marini and a Sontata on Un aria francese by Rossi.

Helped by an excellent recording, clean and alive, this is a first-rate introduction to Apollo and Pan on disc
BBC Music Magazine

Apollo & Pan has performed at the South Bank Early Music Festival, York Early Music Festival, Spitalfields Festival and many other regional festivals across the UK. BBC Radio 3 has broadcast its concerts and it has featured on ‘Music Restored’, ‘In Tune’, and ‘The Early Music Show’. Individually, the members of Apollo & Pan play regularly with leading early music groups and period orchestras such as The Hanover Band, I Fagiolini, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and The Parley of Instruments.

Their slightly astringent quality and wealth of colour serve this music extremely well. Many ensembles have given flashier and more exhilarating performances of these pieces, but Pan and Apollo are more concerned with texture and musical rhetoric than mere display… Chandos have given this young ensemble an exemplary recorded sound and the scholarly Erhardt contributes a helpful booklet essay.
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