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Music for Marian Festivals

Nurial Rial (soprano) & Bell'Arte Salzburg/Annegret Siedel

BERLIN CLASSICS 0016412BC [70 mins]

A charming disc mainly of 17th century devotional material dedicated to the Virgin Mary from the South German, Hapsburg and Italian Courts. The basic ensemble of two violins, three gambas and basso continuo is varied from item to item and there are somenon-vocal items.

The soloist is a real find, with a lovely voice and captivating style; check out the link above - you may be tempted towards her other recordings! The composers include CALDARA, BIBER, CAVALLI and many likely unknown names from a century whose riches have only been explored in depth during the last of ours.

Full information with full texts and translations make this a desirable acquisition.

Peter Grahame Woolf