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A Bird Fancyer's Delight

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This new CD from Sonorita presents selected baroque chamber works that explore a connection to "The Bird Fancyer's Delight".

"The Bird Fancyer's Delight" was published in London in 1717, which, in addition to giving instruction on how to play harmonics, is also intended to serve the musical education of songbirds. The collection contains 41 small melodies, so-called tunes, which are taken from eleven different bird species. Ensemble Sonorita have selected the works found on this recording for their connections to the various species of birds listed in the "Bird Fancyer's Delight". We find here music by Purcell, Williams, Rameau and Monteverdi amongst others.

What a wonderful and multifaceted play between the poles of nature and art unfolds here! Rich in colour and immensely playful, Sonorita knows how to shape the space between these poles with the artfully assembled colours and sounds. English as well as French and Italian works integrate on this CD, and Sonorita are particularly inspired by the closeness to nature found within these.

Sonorita specializes not only in music from the 17th and 18th century, but also in contemporary music and improvisation. The whole team is dedicated to sharing their unique musical interpretation of each genre, and strives to make the audience vibrate in syntony with the music in every concert.

Sonorita's music has been well received in concerts performed in Switzerland, Germany and France, also at international festivals such as the Festival FAMB. The ensemble's sound is not only acclaimed by the public, but also by academic jurors, Sonorit? won the Audience Award and the Second Prize at the Biagio Marini Competition and the 1st prize in the 40th Music Competition of the International Lyceum Club of Switzerland, Lausanne Switzerland. All members of the ensemble are current or former students of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, the international reference for Early music.


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  2. Walsh: The Starling
  3. Purcell: A Birds Prelude
  4. Purcell: Sonata in C Major, Z. 808
  5. Sonata in C Major Z.808
  6. Williams: Sonata Secunda
  7. Bartolotti: Passacaille en Sol Majeur
  8. Hotteterre: Doux sommeil
  9. Hotteterre: Pourquoy doux rossignol
  10. Rameau: Le Rappel des Oiseaux
  11. Uccellini: Sonata Decima Settima a tre
  12. Uccellini: Aria sopra, "La Bergamasca"
  13. Monteverdi: O come sei gentile, caro augellino
  14. Williams: Sonata sesta in imitation of Birds
  15. Ensemble Sonorita: Improvisation, "In the forest"
  16. Merula: Sonata 20: Ciaccona for 2 Violinen und Basso obligato
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