Countertenor Brian Asawa and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash met at LA Opera in 1995, and discovered a musical and personal connection that sparked collaborative magic. That connection has grown and evolved into what is now known as The Baroque Project, allowing the duo to perform together all over, with their very personal interpretations of exquisite Baroque repertoire. While their performances and recordings are certainly informed by considerable scholarship, their approach somehow feels modern — not the correct and dusty airs of time gone by, but songs very much alive and present in the moment.
The new CD from LML Music, Spirits of the Air, is available today, culled from three different live recordings between 2012 and 2014, and featuring the works of Handel, Purcell, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Gagliano and Anonymous. (He’s always my favorite.) With expressive continuo provided by Arthur Omura on harpsichord and Frédéric Rosselet on cello, the recordings are deeply personal, full of both grand pathos and sparkling surprises. Get a copy for yourself, and a few for stocking stuffers — the holidays will show up soon enough.
P.S. Additional kudos to our own A.J. Teshin for a handsome cover design!