Had Dario Castello left us a large-scale composition (an Orfeo or a Vespers) his genius would likely be recognised today alongside that of his colleague Claudio Monteverdi. Pity though it might be only to have been left his two books of instrumental music, the 30 works contained therein are nothing short of a revolution. Daring, innovative and virtuosic, Castello’s sonatas are an artistic triumph surpassed perhaps only by their commercial success in early 17th century Venice. AAM Music Director Richard Egarr, a long-time advocate of Castello’s, leads an intrepid exploration of the composer’s unbounded imagination, offset by works of his contemporaries.
Richard Egarr director & harpsichord
Suonare è danzare: Laurence Cummings directs JS Bach, Telemann & Handel