Karlsson Barock is about fifteen string musicians with heartfelt ties to early music. They share a passion for the Baroque era and play period instruments from the treasure trove of European Baroque composed in the 17th and 18th centuries.
With their playful and inspirational interpretations of famous and lesser-known works, Karlsson Barock – based in Gothenburg, Sweden – has a devoted fan base that goes to hear the music come alive. »To authentically reflect an age where the majority believed in God, Satan and magic, its music must be played with fire and blood, and that is the driving force behind Karlsson Barock«, Katarina A Karlsson writes in the cd booklet.
The leader of Karlsson Barock is Göran Karlsson, one of Scandinavia’s foremost harpsichordists and early music conductors. His orchestras Ensemble 1700 and Karlsson Barock have garnered much acclaim at home and abroad, and his recording of Johan Helmich Roman’s famed Drottningholmsmusiken received glowing reviews in international press.
When Karlsson Barock now makes their cd debut, it is with a collection of works from the years around 1700. The music of Vivaldi and Telemann of course sounds familiar, as does the Christmas concert by Corelli, while the works by Rebel and Avison to many may be surprising good news.