The sound in St Johns was very clear and the small forces made it easy to hear every musician individually and en ensemble. Small lapses in absolute virtuosity were balanced by an infectious, at times almost demonic enthusiasm, and for each piece solo parts were taken by different players revealing their characters and the particular quality of their instruments. The second half comprised more Vivaldi, the Symphony for Strings and Harpsichord and the Concerto for Two violins, Strings and Harpsichord a short symphony a cello concerto.
While it would be unfair to single out a player, cellist Davide Amadio performed so spectacularly with his version of the Marais Folia variations that he brought the house to its feet wildly clapping and cheering. A similar response was evoked for violinist Nicola Granillo playing Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella for Violin and Strings.
Mid audience the sound was crisp and clear, just about as good as it gets.
The Players : Harpsichord: Paolo Cognolato, Viola: Sonia Amadio, Cellist: Davide Amadio, Double Bass: Angelo Liziero, Violins: Nicola Granillo, Giacobbe Stevanato, Paolo Ciociola, Pietro Talamini, Stefano Biguzzi.
For the live recording Valentine used a Decca Tree: Left, Centre, Right Neumann valve M50s with U47 used discreetly as spots, mastering directly in digital to a Nagra IV set to 24/192.