Reference Recordings proudly presents Stylus Phantasticus performed by Pacific MusicWorks. This is a unique album with 11 works of early Baroque composers. The famous Jesuit Father Athanasius Kircher wrote in Book VII of the Musurgia Universalis describing different musical styles, but, in particular, he defined a “fantastical style” for instruments:
“The Stylus Phantasticus is appropriate to instruments. It is the most free and unfettered method of composition, bound to nothing, neither to words, nor to a harmonious subject. It is organized with regard to manifest invention, the hidden reason of harmony, and an ingenious, skilled connection of harmonic phrases and fugues. And it is divided into those pieces which are commonly called Phantasias, Ricercatas, Toccatas, and Sonatas.”
The compositions included on this recording provide prime examples of the lineage of the Stylus Phantasticus from its Italian roots, before Kircher wrote his definition, to its later development into an “imperial style” associated with Central Europe and the Habsburgs.
Stylus Phantasticus was produced by Grammy Award winning David Sabee in St. Thomas Chapel, Kenmore, Washington. The album was recorded by Grammy Award winning recording engineers Dmitry Lipay, Aleksandr Lipay and Kory Kruckenberg.
Tekla Cunningham – Baroque Violin
William Skeen – Bass Violin
Stephen Stubbs – Baroque Guitar, Chitarrone & Artistic Director
Maxine Eilander – Baroque Harp
Henry Lebedinsky – Organ & Harpsichord
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:14:34
|Original Recording Format
|August 17, 2023
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