Fantasticus: Baroque Chamber Works
Rie Kimura (violin)
Robert Smith (viola da gamba & cello)
Guillermo Brachetta (harpsichord)
The talented Baroque trio, Fantasticus, here make their debut recording with an album including works by Dieterich Buxtehude, Antonio Bertali, John Jenkins, Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli, Augustinus Kertzinger, Georg Muffat, Alessandro Stradella and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer.
Based in Amsterdam, Fantasticus features Rie Kimura (Baroque violin), Robert Smith (viola da gamba and Baroque cello) and Guillermo Brachetta (harpsichord) and is inspired by the gloriously virtuosic music from the end of the 17th century, from which the name Stylus Fantasticus was coined. The aim of the ensemble is to recreate repertoire from the early seicento until the late Baroque searching and exploring the extravagance that flourished when composers and instrumentalists dared to traverse the established limits of the usual. Fantasticus prides itself on the fact that it makes no compromises with regard to authentic performance, fearlessly trespassing on the borders of correctness.