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Priest on the Run was the Baroque quartet Red Priest’s first recording for Dorian, released in the late 1990s. It was a thematic affair based on Antonio Vivaldi’s flight from Venice at the time the composer was going abroad, assembled from the pens of the finest composers of the Baroque era. For the present compilation, Red Priest turns its attention to the spooky, the frightening, the downright scary. Nightmare in Venice is a deliciously Baroque Halloween-fest if there ever was one. Replete with hissing and catcalls, this disc is a chiller.
Image is not everything, though Red Priest has that quality in spades. This is a quartet of the best Baroque specialists the United Kingdom has to offer. Although Red Priest was praised by Gramophone Magazine, the group also received criticism for basically not being serious. That seems to be precisely the point. Classical music has ceased being fun (presuming that it ever was fun to begin with). What Red Priest has done is to market itself brilliantly to the young and educated crowd able to recognize not only their musical brilliance, but their promotional brilliance as well. Nightmare in Venice is splendid for no other reason than it brings together the more gothic compositions of all of the greatest composers of an artistic and philosophic era. Much of the music presented here looks forward towards Romanticism, skipping classicism altogether.
After hearing Priest on the Run, I thought to myself, "I hope these guys never record The Four Seasons one more time." But times has passed, and at this point I cannot wait to hear their Seasons. I suspect it will be a greater kick in the pants than Il Giardino Armonico (Electra/Asylum 1998). Red Priest is currently on tour delivering the Seasons in a way only they can—with grace, panache, and cojones this BIG.
Track Listing: The Nightmare Concerto ["La Notte"] in G Minor RV 439 (Antonio Vivaldi); English Fantasy Suite
(Robert Johnson/Nicholas Lestrange); Sonata A Tre In A Minor (Giovanni Paola Cima); Concerto
Grosso In A Minor, RV 522 (Antonio Vivaldi); Suite From The Fairy Queen (Henry Purcell); Sonata
Decima (Dario Castello); Suite Form Scylla Et Glaucus (Jean-Marie Leclair).
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com