Fantasticus

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Rie Kimura - baroque violin

Robert Smith - viola da gamba

Guillermo Brachetta - harpsichord
Fantasticus stands for intense expression and an affinity with bold, extravagant music.

Its core inspiration is drawn from the
stylus fantasticus of the late 17th century. This was “a free and unrestrained method of composing”, in effect the liberation of instruments from the dominance of vocal music. Fantasticus enchants its audiences with the unsurpassed wonder and energy from that time.

Adventure and discovery were the spirit of the age and pervade every performance and programme of Fantasticus. This unique inspiration and an ensemble
“in thrilling harmony with itself” is the secret of Fantasticus’ rare communicative power.

Fantasticus plays on historical instruments and is known for its unusually interesting programmes of 17th and 18th century music.
"The Stylus Fantasticus is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues."
(A. Kircher, Musurgia Universalis - 1650)

NEWS

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Listen to Fantasticus live from Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam playing 2 tracks from its last CD “Sonnerie & other portraits”.
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Our new CD “Sonnerie & other portraits” is just out, released by Resonus Classics!
Please find more information and purchase links
here.
The recording is also available for download from
iTunes or Amazon.
With their first two releases, Fantasticus have established themselves as a white-hot addition to the early music scene. Fantasticus by name; fantastic by nature!
(BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Edition 2013)
Their performances are confident, stylish, beautifully articulated and convey a sense of genuine rapport.
Definitely a collector’s item.
(Gramophone, January 2014)