Its frightening how skillfully Red Priest is able to take Vivaldis
The Nightmare Concerto and turn every dramatic moment into an opportunity
to highlight the fantastical aspects of the music. The unusual The Furies
by Nicholas LeStrange in itself offers an expressive vehicle for Adams
and his crew (Julia Bishop, violin; Angela East, cello; Howard Beach,
Combining his phenomenal virtuosic talents with a crazy flair for hot-dogging,
recorder player Piers Adams still acknowledges the stylistic fashion
of the French, English and Italian pieces repre-sented here. It makes
one wonder though if he might be an escaped maniac recorder patient?
technique is astounding. His frothy rendition of Vivaldis Concerto
Grosso in A Minor RV 522 is demonic, playful, and sexy. Its difficult
to imagine any more ornamentation than what I heard in Leclairs
Suite from Scylla et Glaucus, again with incredibly convincing aplomb
on Adams part.
And do we really need another recording of Corellis La Folia?
No? Wrong answer. Red Priests own Fantasy based on this famous
piece is outrageous, raucous, and radical, but still within the realm
of historical possibility.
For those of you who havent heard the bold and daring style of
Red Priest, be prepared for a musical roller-coaster-catch-me-if-you-can
ride. The music is familiar, but still unexpected, exhilarating, breathtaking,
played with a wicked sense of humour. This is the most entertaining
early music recording I have ever heard.