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This programme represents a survey of the output of Italian musicians in early eighteenth century London, and is an appealing mixture of works that are widely known today (the Corelli op. 5 ‘La Follia’ sonata, for instance, and the Albinoni D minor oboe concerto) and works that have not proved so enduring (a sonata by Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto, for which Žak Ozmo is a committed advocate). The ensemble playing is rather too mannered for my taste, even in the sonata repertoire (which could do with a great deal more continuo-driven textural contrast) and this is a more serious caveat in the final track of the disc, the eponymous ‘Italian Rant’ – dance music, after all. But the group’s intonation throughout is impeccable and there is beguiling playing from oboist Geoffrey Coates, baroque guitarist Taro Takeuchi and the real star of the disc, first (and solo) violinist Bojan Cicic.

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