Glories of Venice: Castello and Monteverdi
The Academy of Ancient Music returns to a revolutionary period of Italian music with the Second Book of Sonatas by Venetian man of mystery Dario Castello.
Working at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello wrote innovative and ground-breaking sonatas that had a profound effect on generations of Italian composers. But next to Monteverdi, Castello enjoys a more modest reputation. Indeed, there is some question around whether he existed at all or whether the name is an anagram of that of the real composer of his music.
AAM Music Director Richard Egarr is a lifelong advocate of Castello, and following his critically acclaimed performances and recording of the First Book of Sonatas in 2016, he directs members of AAM in this Second Book of fiercely virtuosic, adventurous and expressive sonatas that are full of imagination and colour. Interspersed throughout the programme are a number of glittering works by Monteverdi and Barbara Strozzi (a composer featured in AAM’s ongoing From Her Pen project), with soprano Lucie Chartin joining Egarr and the ensemble onstage.