1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy (Snakewood 2018)

Works by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Montanari, Valentini, Fanfani (World premiere) and Pisendel (World Premiere)

ICMA Nomination, best baroque instrumental music recording 2019


I am very impressed by this disc, not only because of the way the programme has been put together, but also the quality of the music selected for this recording and the way it is played. The performances are technically impeccable, stylish and imaginative. The phrasing and articulation are excellent, and there is a nice dynamic shading. The ornamentation is generous, but never exaggerated.
Recently I have reviewed several outstanding discs with baroque violin music, and this is another one lovers of the baroque violin should definitely not miss.” Johan van Veen (musica Dei donum 2018)


“This music is excellent, so there is no need to ask why Pisendel put it in a suitcase and brought it with him to Dresden. Scaramuccia’s performance is as dazzling as the music itself. Great CD” Eduardo Torrico (Scherzo, Dec. 2108)


“The different compositions are presented with musical freshness and versatility as well as a touching technique. The musicians of ‘Scaramuccia’, especially the violinist Javier Lupiáñez, play with a powerful gesture. The many effective details of the score are elaborated with refinement and carried out with great engagement. Fresh and vivid performances in a natural lifelike sound quality.” Pizzicato, 11 Nov. 2018


“Fascinating CD”… “They are technically outstanding and balanced with rare sensitivity”
Brian Robins, Early Music Review


5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Clearly, this is demanding music – Javier Lupiáñez combines a fine bowing arm with some nifty fingerwork, seemingly undaunted by the technical challenges, while his continuo partners provide stylishly supportive accompaniment. It is a sobering thought that these six extremely fine works represent only the tip of the tip of the iceberg that is Pisendel’s library of works gathered from his Italian contacts – that the library in Dresden has made them all available online is encouraging groups like Scaramuccia (who have even established their own recording company to produce this CD!) to explore the vast riches which it contains. Given the high standards set here, I hope it will not be too long before we hear more from them!” Brian Clark, Early Music Review


“Javier Lupiáñez’s enthusiastic violin playing in the Largo, Allegro and Tempo Giusto is first class.” Michael Schwartz, The Whole Note




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