Extaordinarily beautiful music. For me this is one of the most beautiful recordings I've ever come across.
European baroque music composed by Teodorico Pedrini at the Chinese Emperor's court where all kinds of European instruments were available and even built. There is nothing "Chinese" in Pedrini's music, but on this recording each of Pedrini's sonatas is preceded by a rather meditative and Chinese sounding "divertissement chinois" by another European composer at the Chinese court, Joseph-Marie Amiot.
From the booklet: It is no use looking for Chinese influence in Pedrini's sonatas. But it nevertheless becomes obvious when we play them that -either because of his isolation or because of his venturesome nature- Pedrini experimented with musical forms that were never heard in Europe. Some of the linking of chords, for example, would be considered as errors, and our first reaction was to correct them. On listening, however, they prove to be of interest, rather than being in any way disturbing. The tonal structure of some of the movements (for example, in the Sonata in B flat) is also very unusual.
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Five Sonatas by Teodorico Pedrini, each preceded by a "divertissement chinois" by Joseph-Marie Amiot
Ensemble: "XVIII-21, Musique des Lumieres" on authentic instruments