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Tartini: Sonatas for Solo Violin
Luigi de Filippi (violin)
Four Solo Violin Sonatas by the highly influential 18th century Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini are performed on this new recording by Luigi de Filippi, violinist of the acclaimed piano trio, Voces Intimae. The disc includes the Sonatas No. 17 in D major, No. 4 in C major, No. 10 in B flat major, and No. 15 in G major.
Violinist and conductor Luigi De Filippi studied violin, piano and composition in Rome, showing an early interest in jazz and contemporary music. He subsequently appeared as concertmaster in such orchestras as the Rome Opera House, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the London Mozart Players, and the Flanders Orchestra in Antwerp. In London he made his debut as conductor with the London Mozart Players, and he appeared as soloist/conductor at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.
In recent times Luigi de Filippi has featured in six programmes on contemporary music for Italian Television, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and RAI Radio 3, with live performances and interviews. He is the violinist of the Voces Intimae piano trio whose double CD of the complete trios of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, issued by Warner Classics, was one of BBC Radio 3’s ‘CDs of the Year’ in 2006.
“de Filippi uses the resonant church acoustic to advantage: in what often seem like monologues, especially in the cantabile movements, he takes moderate tempi and allows Tartini's music breadth. His intonation and tone are sure, his manner communicative and poised. The music, too, is varied and attractive...This is relatively unknown 18th-century repertoire, well worth getting to know, beautifully and tastefully performed.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
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Tartini: Sonatas for solo violin Vol. 1
Črtomir Šiškovič (violin)
“He is always on top of the considerable technical demands of this frequently chordal and highly ornamented music, and plays exquisitely in tune...While conveying Tartini's concept of instrumental cantabile is paramount, there is ample evidence in the music of his exquisite sense of timing and improvisation...All in all, a wonderful enhancement of our appreciation of the mid-18th-century Italian violin sonata.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
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Tartini: Violin Sonatas
Alberto Martini, Giovanni Guglielmo (violins), Antonio Pocaterra (cello) & Ilario Gregoletto (harpsichord)
Born in 1692, in what today is Slovenia, Giuseppe Tartini ranks among the most famous of late-Baroque composers. A colourful figure who was the subject of various scandals during his lifetime, the Italian was forced to flee Padua in 1710 when it was discovered he had secretly married the niece of the city’s Bishop. Tartini sought refuge at the monastery in Assisi, and it was there that he began lessons in both the violin and composition.
This compilation is dedicated to a selection of Tartini’s violin sonatas (over a hundred survive). The Op.2 set was published by Le Cène of Amsterdam in 1743. Apart from the sixth work which exhibits a rather unusual five-movement structure, the remaining sonatas have a slow movement followed by two faster pieces – a form to be found in the majority of the ‘Piccole’ sonatas which follow. Taken from the manuscript collection of St Anthony’s Basilica in Padua, these compositions feature optional bass lines and similarly display all the hallmarks of Tartini’s natural style: from the melancholy of the slow movements to the quicker, folk-imbued ones, each work is written in an expansive and lyrical fashion, thus conforming to Tartini’s belief that music should be as natural as possible.
Contemporary accounts suggest that Tartini didn’t so much play his violin as make his instrument sing, and this is confirmed by the various cantabile markings in both the slow and fast movements of the latter collection. Featuring highly accomplished performances from Giovanni Guglielmo, Antonio Pocaterra, Alberto Martini and Ilario Gregoletto, this release is a must-buy for both the Baroque and violin enthusiast.
Booklet notes by Baroque music authority Brian Clark.
Lesser-known and rarely recorded repertoire.
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