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Oscura Luminosa - In Full Armour

IN FULL ARMOUR – Oscura Luminosa

Unit Records UTR 4107 (1998)

Along with the A.D.D. Trio, Oscura Luminosa was an ensemble Robert founded while living in Switzerland from 1992-2002.  Oscura’s thrust was to alchemize extraordinary Baroque musicians – Conrad Steinmann and Petia Kaufmann – with magicians of the contemporary – Robert Dick, Alfred Zimmerlin and Dorothea Schurch.

Robert Dick, flutes

Conrad Steinmann, recorders

Alfred Zimmerlin, cello

Petia Kaufmann, harpsichord

Dorothea Schurch, soprano

This CD features a radical recomposition of Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, plus free improvisations and the Metallica tune Leper Messiah.  The risk of bringing the Monteverdi madrigal into a contemporary version resulted in a musical adventure taken by the quintet Oscura Luminosa.  Respectful to the original, they met the challenge with temperament and without artifice. — Kliene Zeitung, Graz

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