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There's two things that Christopf Schaffrath and Guido Balestracci have in common: Their talent is as yet not mirrored by their meagre presence in the internet. Which in the case of Schaffrath may be easily forgiven, as he has been dead for more than 200 years. Schaffrath is known to be a leading figure of the 18th century and has a reputation of being a clever and inventive composer. His works have been featured on CD before, but the release of "Sonates pour Viole & autres Instruments" could mark a breakthrough. For one, it's an album by French success-story Zig Zag Territoires and secondly, because it features Guido Balesatracci. Born in 1971, Balestracci can hardly be called a youngster, but he is only now really starting to make his way as a top viola da gamba virtuoso in the public eye. Considering things have still been relatively quiet around him (this is only his second CD for Zig Zag), the list of musicians he has worked with is impressive: Jordi Savall, Emma Kirkby, Paolo Pandolfo and many others. Apart from performing, he is also a professor for his instrument at the Turin university. "Sonates" now aims at merging two apparent paradoxes: The avantgardistic tendencies of the Berlin school and the conservative nature of the viola da gamba. To find out if Balestracci succeeds in balancing these extremes, check out the album at your local record store.

Homepage: Zig Zag Territoires
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