Beware the Spider!
17th Century victims of venomous spider bites were offered no medicinal cure or relief. Instead, the local musicians would work together to find a curative melody…
Palisander's debut album is broadly inspired by the idea of tarantism and the selected pieces represent a cross section of the early music in the ensemble's repertoire. The disc includes music by Anthony Holborne, Antonio Vivaldi and William Byrd, as well as arrangements of authentic tarantellas written by the group. Palisander is joined by Toby Carr (Baroque Guitar and Theorbo) and Ruairi Glasheen (Percussion), for some pieces.
Beware the Spider! was launched in February 2017 at St John's Smith Square, London, where Palisander are Young Artists 2016-2017. The disc received a 4 star review from BBC Music Magazine (June 2017) and from Early Music Review (May 2017). It also featured in BBC Music Magazine's First Listen podcast (July 2017), where it was voted First place: 'the playing was very crisp... the ensemble was fantastic'.
In a review for Planet Huggil, Robert Huggil said the CD was ‘a charming disc [which] not only shows off the ensemble's skills admirably, but provides a programme which intrigues’.
You can find out more about the CD in this film made by Chromacode Studios.