CARBONELLI Sonate Da Camera Nos 1-6 – BBC Music Magazine, Chamber Choice

CARBONELLI Sonate Da Camera Nos 1-6

Bojan Cicic  violin
The Illyria Consort

Delphian DCD34194 @ £14.25*

“Cicic’s distinctive sound – sweet, slightly dry and exquisitely centred – is ideal for the taut beauty of Carbonelli’s solo lines. Crucially, Cicic’s fleshes out the composer’s ideas, filling rests and cadences with large dollops of his own making. His band helps him enormously, not least with their additions and sexy realisations. The future of the Illyria Consort is bright.” BBC Music Magazine, Chamber Choice, September 2017

“Given that the writing is not overtly flashy, Cici’s easy, fluid perfection through their webs of double-stopped complexities merits mentioning – add tonal colour spamming the gamut from satisfyingly wiry to full and sweet, and it’s a full house of deliciousness, all of which is bolstered further by the varied palette of continuo colour on display from Cicic’s Illyria Consort colleagues – really, bravo to the whole.”Gramophone

“[Carbonelli’s] music is stately, taut and elegant in the hands of Bojan Cicic (a UK-based Croatian violinist) and his excellent Illyria Consort. They sound effortlessly stylish in these six chamber sonatas Cici’s makes even the high-wire showy stuff sing with a lyricism that is shapely, aerated and totally unforced.”The Guardian 

In certain respects, Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli does not quite fit the eighteenth-century mould. For a neo-Corellian, he is unusually fond of complexity, both technical and compositional, and also unusually open to other contemporary influences, such as those of Handel and Vivaldi. But the quality of his music speaks for itself – virtuosic and joyously melodic, these six ‘chamber sonatas’ had a huge impact on Delphian producer Paul Baxter. Carbonelli’s difficulty has ensured that his work is seldom played, but early-music rising star Bojan ÄŒičić makes sure we have no sense of that as he and his Illyria Consort colleagues champion these groundbreaking compositions with exuberant confidence. Bojan ÄŒičić is leader of Floreligium and frequently guest directs the Academy of Ancient Music and European Union Baroque Orchestra. He founded The Illyria Consort to explore rare repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is their first recording.

Delphian DCD34194 @ £14.25*

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