CD Assessment | Essence Baroque (Self-published, 2022)

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Essence Baroque
Judy Hung, baroque violin, harpsichord and violoncello da spalla
Self-published, 2022

With a reputation like Essence Baroque, one would anticipate Judy Hung’s album to current a fulsome exploration of the baroque musical interval, however the multi-instrumentalist solely narrowly succeeds on this endeavour.

Violin works by revered musicians like Bach, Matteis and Telemann populate the album, however save for the fourth and fifth components of Bach’s Partita in D Minor, No. 2, Hung’s selections of compositions should not significantly dynamic. Whereas they’re all carried out with technical prowess, they don’t assist Hung show the expressiveness and grandeur one would anticipate from the baroque interval.

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Hung demonstrates her multi-instrumental capabilities by peppering in harpsichord works by Rameau, Scarlatti and Couperin. In isolation these works are way more partaking than their violin counterparts, however the shortage of the harpsichord all through the album creates a definite lack of cohesion.

She redeems herself with Matteis’s Numerous bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda o pur ciaccona, the place she lastly shows the richness of baroque music with a mix of the 2 string devices. The addition of a 3rd—the cello—provides a lot wanted depth that makes for a satisfying ending, although it might have been way more impactful had the harpsichord been correctly emphasised beforehand.

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