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Reviews: Harpsichord Gems Vol. 2: The Great Transcriptions - Olga Martynova

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Review by Edvin December 23, 2005 (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
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The Caro Mitis sacd´s are all works of art. They are the most beautifully crafted silver discs ever. Covers are chosen with utmost care and taste, they are all exquisite. The inserts are not only informative, but also a treat for the eye. And the icing on the cake..they are all recorded by Polyhymnia. So every baroque lovers dream has come true, yes, the music making is up there on the same level.

I have the fifteen sacd´s released so far and I am impressed, to say the least. I would like to give Caro Mitis an award for being the most serious and "thought out" record company for ages. Class through and through.

This is a marvellous disc of Harpsichord gems. The pieces by Silvius Leopold Weiss are not only wonderful, but also the pieces that falls easiest on the ear. And you know, the other evening I was watching the English film "The Go-Between" with music by Michel Legrand (script by Harold Pinter). The music is very "Bachian" with a lot of sequences and flowing melodies, and I was reminded of it when I listened to this gorgeous music. Weiss was a lutenist and this suite is a transcription from his tablature. The music is somewhat melancholy, always with a lovely flow.

The piece by Bach is actually a reworking of a trio sonata by J.A.Reincken. Something that intrigued the young Bach about Reincken was his ability to write fugues, they where all perfect. But Bach made his own imprint when he arranged these pieces and it is surely an original piece from start to finish. Well, you know what I mean, it sounds original anyway.

The Geminiani pieces are also transcriptions. In this case from violin sonatas - Geminiani made a fortune from these arrangements. Music with a bit more passion, a bit more fire. The Weiss suite I can only describe a French elegance despite its origins. The Bach more controlled and thought out, in the best sense.

The playing of Olga Martynova is absolutely brilliant. It is obvious that she loves this music and her temperament and skill makes this a very successful sacd. Her phrasing is superb and I simply adore her feeling for timing. More please!

The sound is perfect. Olga Martynova is in my room. The surround sound from Polyhymnia is as good as it gets, and a bit more actually.

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