Wild Men of the Seicento

They came from the South, these crazy musicians, from sun-drenched cities in Italy and Spain; their inspired ideas spread through the continent like wildfire...

Yes, these were the musicians of the Seicento – the seventeenth century, a hundred years of artistic experimentation, nowadays consigned to the touchlines of musical history with the dismissive term ‘transitional’. Although the great baroque masters who followed have stood the test of time in a way that the madcap musicians of the Seicento would never achieve, the music of these early trailblazers can still infuse us today with the thrill of the unexpected.

And so the Wild Men take their leave, their musical detritus strewn across the hot, hazy landscape of the Mediterranean Seicento, waiting for a pair of crazed musicians from a future age to rediscover their riches...

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Review "Here is a cultured programme of seventeenth century recorder music wondrously played by Piers Adams and interspersed with harpsichord solos by his accompanist, David Wright. Some of the composers are well-enough known to us, including Heinrich Biber, Jacob Van Eyck, John Bull and Arcangelo Corelli, whilst others have, in several cases, not become our household names, but nevertheless have produced some really excellent music. Piers Adams, playing several members of the recorder family, displays his unerring musical skill in the nineteen tracks on this disc, fully supported by David Wright's accompaniments and solos, two of which are John Bull fantasias. If you are into seventeenth century music and the recorder you will not want to miss this more than splendid issue, recorded in Lewes in late 2014. If not, I recommend that you sample the untold delights of this collection." - Arthur Francis
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