Tartini: Violin Concertos

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Tartini: Violin Concertos

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3rd Sept 2012




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Tartini: Violin Concertos


Violin Concerto in A minor, D113

Giuliano Fontanella (violin)

Violin Concerto in A minor D115

Enrico Casazza (violin)

Violin Concerto in G D80

Sebastiano Maria Vianello (violin)

Concerto in A major, D.96: Adagio

Cristiano Rossi (violin)

Violin Concerto in D minor, D45

Giuliano Fontanella (violin)

Violin Concerto in F major, D67

Paolo Ciociola (violin)

Violin Concerto in G Major D83

Paolo Ciociola (violin)

Violin Concerto in Bb major, D117: Largo

Cristiano Rossi (violin)

Interpreti Veneziani

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Born in 1692, in what today is Slovenia, Giuseppe Tartini originally studied law before turning his hand to composition and the violin. Having returned to Padua from Prague, where he spent three years immersed in the musical world of the Hapsburgs, he went on to establish a music school and write treatises on subjects such as the principles of harmony.

Today Tartini is regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation.

The Italian wrote over 130 concertos, six of which form the subject of this engaging release.

Written for violin and orchestra and containing many moments of technical difficulty, the works nevertheless avoid descending into overt chromaticism, and this conforms to the composer’s belief that music should sound as natural as possible. His concertos are anything but bland, however: Tartini manages to sustain our interest through traits such

as arresting themes – bold musical motifs that catch the listener’s ear – as well as varying textures within movements. Some movements include short quotations of text in the form of epigraphs, and in these one can hear the playing out of an operatic scena.

From the fast movements’ folk-imbued virtuosity to the arresting poignance of the slow movements, these concertos teem with invention, revealing Tartini’s deftness as an instrumental composer. They are performed by the Interpreti Veneziani, a group whose fine readings document an important facet of the late-Baroque violin repertoire.

Booklet notes by Baroque music authority Brian Clark.

Virtuoso music of popular appeal.

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