Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi (vi­o­lin) Vir­gin Clas­sics 363 4302

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

This is ex­actly what it says, a disc of sym­phonies with ti­tles, and some of the ti­tles are colour­ful enough. There’s The Storm at Sea (by Carlo Monza), The House of the Devil (Boc­cherini), and The Bells of Rome (Giuseppe Demachi). But most of the mu­sic, I’m afraid, is not. It’s mostly a case of the cover be­ing rather bet­ter than the book. Europa Galante play with a spunk­i­ness which, strangely, of­ten cre­ates an ef­fect that seems too even in pat­tern. Think of a skilled ac­tor de­liv­er­ing dog­gerel and you’ll have the idea. Apart from the Boc­cherini, which is well worth a hear­ing, this is re­ally only a disc for lis­ten­ers in­ter­ested in the small­est by­ways of the 18th-cen­tury sym­phony. www.vir­gin­clas­

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