The identity of the composer of the keyboard quartets on this disc remains, even after a great deal of research, an enigma. The name Lorenzo Weckbacher, with the further description ‘maître de chapelle da sa Majesté le Roi de Prusse’ adorns the first of the more than 370 pages of the manuscript (no. 64.182) that is kept in the library of the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. The collection contains seven keyboard quartets, a keyboard concerto, two Ouvertures and two orchestral concertos, all in the same handwriting and marked being composed by Lorenzo Weckbacher, a composer otherwise completely unknown.
An elegant symphonic/romantic prog band, who take a lot of their inspiration from Gentle Giant. Try to imagine a Quebecois version of Gentle Giant, with a female singer, then you pretty much know exactly what these guys sound like. This band blend syncopated prog passages with Gentle Giant-like vocalizations/acappela accents and Grobschnitt-like charm prowess. Instrumentation utilized is quite vast actually and includes flutes, vibraphones, drums, bass, violin, guitar and piano. The musicianship here is fantastic with nice warm tones and offers excellent speaker separation.
The Scarlatti family is one of many musical dynasties in music history. Only two of its number are still well-known today: Alessandro and his son Domenico. Alessandro was born in Palermo as the second son of Pietro Scarlata - the family name in its original form - who was active as a tenor. During his career Alessandro lived and worked in several cities: Rome, Naples and Venice. At a young age he was already a famous and much sought-after composer. His younger brother Francesco – almost forgotten today - was less lucky. He was appointed as violinist at the royal court in Naples in 1684, but returned to Palermo in 1691, and stayed there for about 24 years. He tried to find appointments at the courts of Vienna and Naples, but failed. In 1719 he travelled to London, where he participated in public concerts. In 1733 he went to Dublin, where he seems to have died in 1741 or soon after. Domenico suffered tribulations too. It was only after the death of his father that he felt completely free to follow his own path, although he had left Italy five years earlier, in 1720.
Arno Aroutiounovitch Babadjanian est né en 1921 à Erevan, et il est mort à Moscou en 1983. De père mathématicien de profession et flûtiste de musique traditionnelle arménienne, Babadjanian entra en 1928 au conservatoire d'Erevan, où il fut l'élève, de 1936 à 1938, du compositeur Barkhoudarian. Il entra ensuite à l'école de musique de Gnesin de Moscou, puis au Conservatoire de Moscou où il étudia le piano avec Constantin Igoumnov (1873-1948) et la composition avec Vissarion Chebaline (1902-1963)…