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ED­IN­BURGH 1742 Ensem­ble Marsyas/Peter Whe­lan ★★★★★ Linn Records CKD 567

If you like baroque mu­sic that cel­e­brates the sound of horns then this CD is for you. The mu­sic, mostly con­certi grossi, is by Han­del and a lit­tle-known Ital­ian, Francesco Barsanti. The two com­posers’ paths crossed in Lon­don and their mu­sic was in favour with the Ed­in­burgh Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety, which ex­isted from 1728 to 1797, hence the al­bum’s ti­tle. Barsanti’s in­ter­ests ex­tended to mak­ing sen­si­tive ar­range­ments of Scot­tish tunes, here given to the vi­o­lin, and there’s a sin­gle, horn-rich aria from Han­del’s Al­cina. The per­for­mances by Ensem­ble Marsyas, shortly to give con­certs in Dublin and Kilkenny, are con­sis­tently brac­ing, and likely to do no amount of good for Barsanti’s 21st-cen­tury rep­u­ta­tion. MICHAEL DERVAN

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