PIFFARISSIMO

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Capella de la Torre/Katha­rina Bäuml

Chal­lenge Clas­sics CC 72631 In the early 15th century, the Coun­cil of Con­stance ended the cri­sis in the Ro­man Catholic Church, which had seen three in­di­vid­u­als claim­ing to be the true pope. Katha­rina Bäuml and her Capella de la Torre have delved into the writ­ings and iconog­ra­phy of the coun­cil. They’ve re­con­structed the styles and flavours of in­stru­men­tal mu­sic that was heard from the shawms, slide trum­pets and sack­buts of the bands of the French, Ital­ian, English and Ger­man con­tin­gents in those church-chang­ing years. Given that much of the orig­i­nal mu­sic was ac­tu­ally im­pro­vised, you might re­gard the idea of re­con­struc­tion as quixotic. But if you like the dis­tinc­tive, full-on tone of the early in­stru­ments and dances with foot-tap­ping per­cus­sion, don’t hes­i­tate. chal­lenge.nl

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