“L’Arte di diminuire” – review De Standaard
Posted on 15 April, 2020
Thank you ‘De Standaard’ for the nice review of our newest CD “L’Arte di diminuire”!
L’ARTE DI DIMINUIRE
L’Estro d’Orfeo – Leonor de Lera
Challenge Classics – ★★★★
Anyone who, as an adolecent, got desperate with cases and glossary, but who later did send their own kids to Greek and Latin, will agree: blood, sweat and tears shed on a “dead language” pay off effortlessly. L’Estro d’Orfeo proves that the same applies to early music. This five-headed ensemble led by baroque violinist Leonor de Lera, dived into the scores of 16th and 17th century composers, who left room for improvised decorations between the notes. Our record cabinet is filled with such diminutions, curling around romanescas, folias and other Renaissance hits. But this one stands out thanks to the compositions of three of the ensemble members: recognizable, throughout the virtuoso and stylish playing. Posh, Scary and Sporty Spice on baroque instruments: it swings from alpha to omega.