Giacomo Facco (1676–1753), born near Venice, was active in southern Italy as violinist, choirmaster and teacher before his appointment to the Spanish royal court around 1720. Although highly esteemed in his own time, particularly as a composer of vocal music, Facco had disappeared from musical history until a set of his twelve Pensieri Adriarmonici – concertos for three violins, viola, cello and basso continuo – were discovered in a Mexican library in 1962. Bright and buoyant, they have much in common with the music of Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello and Facco’s other Venetian contemporaries – but are here given a distinct twist with a basso continuo of vihuela and guitarrón, as they might have been performed in eighteenth-century Mexico.
"...The Mexican Baroque Orchestra is a fine string ensemble with a light vibrato and sleek sound. Miguel Lawrence paces and accents expertly. It’s especially pleasant to hear under his baton slow movements that aren’t pushed forward too quickly... Facco’s an interesting and attractive addition to our knowledge of Baroque music-making. Recommended."
Barry Brenesal - Fanfare - May/June 2014