Scarlatti, A: Improvisation upon the Partite 'Follia di Spagna'

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Una follia di Napoli 1725

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1st Oct 2012




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Una follia di Napoli 1725

Concerti & Sinfonie per flauto

Barbella, F:

Sonata III in C major


Symphony in A minor for flute two violins and basso


Concerto for Flute in G Major No. 1

Mancini, F:

Recorder Sonata No. 11 in G minor


Concerto No. 11 in A minor

Scarlatti, A:

Improvisation upon the Partite 'Follia di Spagna'

Scarlatti, D:

Sinfonia No. 1 in A major

Maurice Steger (direction, recorder); Fiorenza de Donatis, Andrea Rognoni, Anaïs Chen (violins), Stefano Marcocchi (viola), Mauro Valli (cello & violoncello piccolo], Vanni Moretto (double bass), Brigitte Gasser (violetta, viola da gamba & lirone), Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord & organ), Daniele Caminiti (theorbo, baroque guitar & archlute), Margit Übellacker (psalterium)


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In the ‘holy year’ of 1725, the most famous flautist of his time, J. J. Quantz, visited Naples. He inspired a host of sonatas and concertos by the great Alessandro Scarlatti and his most talented successors. Now Maurice Steger brings these treasures back to life, drawing on a Neapolitan collection dating from 1725. He has assembled the leading specialists in the genre and the result is dazzling, poetic, in a word, masterly.

Maurice Steger has succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most popular soloists in the early music field. His lively manner and his personal, spontaneous and technically brilliant style of playing have helped to revive the recorder as an instrument and give it an entirely new place in the musical world. He has been acclaimed as "the Roger Federer of the recorder” by IRR

Sarro Domenico: Concerto 11 in A Minor

I. Largo. Staccato e dolce

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. Spiritoso

Alessandro Scarlatti: Improvisation upon the Partite 'Follia di Spagna'

Improvisation upon the Partite 'Follia di Spagna'

Fiorenza Nicola: Sinfonia in A Minor

I. Grave

II. Allegro

III. Largo e staccato

IV. Allegro assai

Domenico Scarlatti: Sinfonia 1 in A Major

I. Grave - Presto

II. Adagio

III. Allegrissimo presto

Barbella Francesco: Concerto 3 in C Major

I. Amoroso

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

Mancini Francesco: Sonata 11 in G Minor

I. Un poco andante

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

Leonardo Leo: Concerto in G Major

I. Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro

International Record Review

November 2012

“a captivating, bracing and powerfully muscular performance…Steger’s thoughtful and adroit recorder playing is delightfully enticing…exquisitely cultivated and fastidiously controlled…a superbly played and recorded issue”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2012

“Much of the success of the pieces has to do with the instrumentation, though how much of that came from the manuscripts or Steger's imagination is hard to say...As for Steger's own playing, he has rare solidity and precision, plus almost any shade of colour that he can imagine.”

Early Music Review

December 2012

“Maurice Steger always produces exciting recordings, and his brilliant but lyrical playing is well matched by a small one-to-a-part ensemble … beautifully performed and recorded.”

Classical Music

March 2013

“harmonia mundi’s recorded sound is first rate, and the colour palatte of the continuo team – psaltery and all – is wonderfully wide. Steger’s recorder playing is fresh and alluring, clear and soft-edged by turns”

MusicWeb International

March 2013

“a nice recording”

Early Music Today


“Naturally, Harmonia Mundi’s recorded sound is first rate, and the colour palette of the continuo team – psaltery and all – is wonderfully wide. Steger’s recorder playing is fresh and alluring, clear and soft-edged by turns, and only occasionally too fast for harmonic comprehension.”

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