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Steger’s latest project documents the brief, yet dazzling, flowering of recorder writing in Naples that coincided with the outpouring of creative endeavour in honour of the newly elected Neapolitan pope, which drew travellers from around the world. Each work here could well have been performed on the recorder in the Naples of the period, with the exception of the concerto by Leonardo Leo, which is of later provenance. Naturally, Harmonia Mundi’s recorded sound is first rate, and the colour palette of the continuo team – psaltery and all – is wonderfully wide. Steger’s recorder playing is fresh and alluring, clear and soft-edged by turns, and only occasionally too fast for harmonic comprehension. An accompanying DVD provides some interesting video footage.

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