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Skip Sempé points out that many com­posers of the re­nais­sance and baroque pe­ri­ods “were also bril­liant im­pro­vis­ers and mes­meris­ing per­form­ers”. They not only em­bel­lished mu­sic in im­pro­visatory per­for­mances, but some­times wrote down em­bel­lished ver­sions of works by them­selves and oth­ers. And the pro­ce­dures for un­der­tak­ing th­ese “diminu­tions” were doc­u­mented in pub­lished tu­tors. The or­na­men­ta­tion, says Skempé, “is rather like cre­at­ing a new façade on an old build­ing, in­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments of the old and the new”. The CD’s sub­ti­tle (Re­nais­sance Madri­gals Em­bel­lished, 1517-2009) re­veals all, so you find ver­sions by the per­form­ers on the disc jostling with treat­ments from ear­lier cen­turies. The con­cen­tra­tion is on melodic elab­o­ra­tion, with vir­tu­oso turns for recorder, viol, harp­si­chord, and that most vo­cal of in­stru­ments, the cor­netto. www. MICHAEL DERVAN

Capric­cio Strav­a­gante/Skip Sempé

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