440 Clàssica review
Spanish (Catalan) classical music magazine 440 Clàssica included a wonderful review of L’Estro d’Orfeo‘s CD “Altri Canti d’Amor” on their December 2017-January 2018 issue (No.41).:
(See english translation below)
“Lera offers beautiful historical interpretations, full of nuances and contrasts, which include the legacy of inspirational masters such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jordi Savall.”
L’Estro d’Orfeo is the most personal project by the renowned violinist from Madrid Leonor de Lera, an ensemble dedicated essentially to instrumental music of the 17th century. The group makes their discographic debut with this excellent “Altri Canti d’Amor”, which recovers several instrumental and vocal pieces – in which the voice is always replaced by an instrument-, all with love as the main subject, by six baroque composers from northern Italy, from Claudio Monteverdi to Marco Uccellini.
Lera offers beautiful historical interpretations, full of nuances and contrasts, which include the legacy of inspirational masters such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jordi Savall. The exquisite fusion of instruments and the harmonic precision dazzle already in the opening madrigal “Altri Canti d’Amor” by Monteverdi. The disc also offers the possibility to (re)discover talented composers such as the violinist from Brescia Biagio Marini (wonderful, his sonata “Fuggi dolesnte core”, full of lyricism and melancholy) or the composer and singer from Venice Barbara Strozzi, from which Lera rescues the beautiful “L’Eraclito amoroso”, with the cornetto of Josué Meléndez replacing the female voice. E.R.