Michele Benuzzi - discography

A new six-CD box has now been released by Brilliant Classics:-

Georg Benda: Sammlung Vermischter Clavier und Gesangstucke (chamber music and songs)
Elena Bertuzzi (soprano), Paolo Borgonovo (tenor), Ulricke Slowik (violin)
Ensemble Arcomelo - Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord & director)

Brilliant Classics 94433

This is the first release in a substanntial Benda project: it follows Michele's first and very successful CD from the Brilliant label:-

Hässler: harpsichord music
Michele Benuzzi (solo harpsichord)

This recording was made at St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh, using the historic Robert Falkener harpsichord of 1773, by kind permission of the currators of the Russell Collection.

Fantasia in C Minor (Leipzig, 1776)
Sonata in D (Leipzig, 1776)
Fantasia in A (Leipzig, 1779)
Sonata in A (Leipzig, 1779)
Fantasia in D (Leipzig, 1786)
Sonata in D Minor (Leipzig, 1779)
Sonata in D Minor (Leipzig, 1779)
Fantasia in C (Erfurt, 1782)
Rondeau in C (Leipzig, 1779)
Ariette mit einigen Veräderungen (Leipzig, 1786): 'Der Demoisel Scherniß in Erfurth zugeeignet'
Fantasia in E Minor (Moscow, 1803)
Sonata in A Minor (Leipzig, 1776)

For further details, please see the Brilliant website (click here).

 

Michele Benuzzi's previous CD of solo harpsichord music, which is attracting very high praise, is available through this website:-

Hamburg 1705
Michele Benuzzi (solo harpsichord)

Music by Handel and his contemporaries, played on an original Dulcken harpsichord, by kind permission of the owner, Sheila Barnes.

Handel: Preludes (HWV 566, 570, 563, 562, 572), Prelude & Allegro in A minor (HWV 576), Suite in D minor (HWV 437), Allegro in D minor (HWV 475), Chaconne in G minor (HWV 453), Suite in D minor (HWV 448)

Graupner: Partita in A major

Mattheson: Suite in D major

LIR Classics LIR021

[In] this most original and revealing recital... Benuzzi romps through the technically demanding preludes and the final Chaconne with dazzling assurance and plays the more introspective pieces with the utmost sensitivity. His artistry is evident in every work; listen, for example, to his mastery in the other Handel Sarabande as it unfolds like an exquisite tapestry.' International Record Review

Benuzzi is a very sympathetic player of this repertory and clearly revels in the rich sound of the Dulcken harpsichord... on which it is beautifully recorded with a warm close-up sound... This is a fine recording with much to recommend it.' Early Music Review

Available direct from this website, price of £6.50 (+ £1.50 postage & packing)...





Michele's first CD of solo harpsichord music is also available:-

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas
Michele Benuzzi (solo harpsichord)

Played on the Johann Adolpho Hass instrument in the Russell collection (Hamburg, 1764), by kind permission of the curators.

La Bottega Discantica 206

 

Michele has also released two chamber-music CDs:-

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Harpsichord Concertos
Arcomelo, Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord & director)

Concerto in C minor Wq 37

Concerto in G minor Wq 6

Concerto in D major Wq 18

La Bottega Discantica 126


'This CD is eminently worthwhile for the quality and interest in the music alone; the skilful and sophisticated playing, capturing the range and depth of emotion so essential to the style, makes it an essential acquisition for all listeners interested in the music of this period.' (British Harpsichord Society on-line review)

'... they play splendidly, appearing totally at ease with the repertoire. The ensemble’s performance is elegant and light, both during the tutti and when accompanying the soloist. Benuzzi’s interpretation as a soloist is refined and well balanced, and fits into the orchestral framework perfectly.' (Musica e Dischi)

 

W. F. Bach: chamber music
Arcomelo, Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord & director)

Concerto in a minor Falck 45
Concerto in e minor Falck 43
Sinfonia in F Major Falck 67
Sinfonia in d minor Falck 66

 

A further chamber-music CD has been recorded in Milan for future release:-

Vivaldi Concerti
Mitsuko Ota (flautino), Arcomelo, Michele Benuzzi (harpsichord & director)

The Complete Concerti for Recorder (flauto & flautino)
Selected Concerti for Strings

Work is in progress on a new and substantial recording project featuring the works of Benda, involving solo, vocal, and chamber music: the first box has been released - see above.

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