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A brand new recording by Palladians features programmatic sonatas by Tartini, including the famous Devil’s Trill Sonata (inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil). Also included is a sonata by Veracini, whose skilful playing was a great influence on the young Tartini.
• Famed throughout Europe as a pre-eminent virtuoso, Tartini was a private, secretive man, only revealing his true character through secret codes in his manuscripts.
• Tartini’s programmatic sonatas ('Didone Abandonata' and ‘The Devil's Trill’ - a deservedly celebrated masterpiece) display his intense pictorial inward gaze that sets him apart from his many Italian colleagues.
• Veracini’s legendary virtuosity (which led Tartini to temporarily withdraw into solitudinous practice) created a storm of success in England and led to the popular toast 'One God, One King, and One Veracini!'
• Palladians is firmly established on the international stage as one of the very best chamber groups performing baroque repertoire. Constant critical acclaim, a reputation for dashing, intelligent musicianship and a warm, spontaneous on-stage manner has led this virtuoso ensemble to give numerous concert and radio performances in the UK
• Palladians are five times winners of the prestigious Diapason d'Or Award, (1993, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000) and has twice had albums named Gramophone "Editor's Choice".
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor, "The Devil's Trill"
I. Larghetto Affectuoso
II. Allegro - Tempo giusto
III. Andante - Allegro assai - The Devil's Trill
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10, g. 10, "Didone abbandonata"
II. Presto non troppo
Francesco Maria Veracini: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 1, No. 7
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 1
Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 1: V. Largo
Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata Pastorale in A major
III. Largo - Presto - Largo - Presto - Andante
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Concerto in D minor, D. 45
Violin Concerto in D minor, D. 45: II. Grave
“A group whose quick-witted inventiveness and almost supernatural internal rapport never fail to delight.”
17th August 2008
“[The Violin Sonata in G Minor 'Devil's Trill'] is a masterly work, and its Opus 1 companion in the same key, Didone abbandonata (Dido Abandoned), are the great baroque violinist/composer’s masterpieces, frequently recorded, but rarely with the gusto and technical address displayed by Rodolfo Richter, the Palladians’ “soloist”, but a primus inter pares of this outstanding baroque group.”
23rd August 2008
“This is in many ways a beautiful disc, with exquisite playing from all four members of the authentic instrument group. But the fiendish series of rising double-stopped trills in each of the three quick sections of the last movement of Tartini’s infamous sonata lack definition. The loose recitativo rhythm doesn’t help. Neither, one suspects, does the baroque pitch. A brighter, thinner tone should surely have helped.”
“Finely judged engineering, with the added aural dimension of surround-sound, create an enveloping warmth which intensifies the powerful rhetoric and expressiveness of the performance; this is breath-taking stuff.”
“Rodolfo Richter is a perfect violinist for this music, a player whose rock-solid technique, shining liquid tone and easy bowing allow him a rhythmic and lyrical freedom that really does seem to make his instrument sing. As one might expect from the Palladians, the continuo-playing is of a high order, imaginative but never clamouring for attention.”
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