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Giovanni Benedetto Platti: Sonatas & Trios / Epoca Barocca


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777340   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni Platti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Epoca Barocca
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PLATTI Trio Sonatas: for Violin and Oboe in D; for Oboe and Cello in g; for Violin and Cello in G; for Oboe and Bassoon in C. Sonatas: in c for Oboe; in d for Cello Epoca Barocca (period instruments) cpo 777 340 (65:06)


We know very little about the life of Giovanni Benedetto Platti. Even the year of his birth is uncertain, either 1692 or 1697. He was born in Padua or Venice and raised in Venice, where his father was a violinist and where Platti presumably received his musical education. In 1722, he became a Read more member of the musical establishment of the court of Würzburg, where he remained until his death in 1764. In Würzburg, Platti was employed in many capacities, playing the violin, oboe, flute, and cembalo, singing, and composing.


In his compositions, Platti combined Baroque and pre-Classical elements, and all of his works are reported to be of a consistently high quality. The six sonatas and trio sonatas on this recording certainly support that claim. All are in four movements, the slow–fast–slow–fast arrangement known as church sonatas (contrasted with the chamber sonata, which contained dance movements). The music is often quite engaging. Having listened to this recording several times over the past couple of weeks, I continue to find the music worth repeated hearing.


The six members of Epoca Barocca give marvelous performances of these works. Their playing is impeccable and assured, and their pacing convincing.


A recording of sonatas and trio sonatas on Tactus, which I have not heard, may duplicate one or two of the works heard on this recording. But most of these works appear to be receiving their first recording, and Epoca Barocca’s performances may be equaled but are unlikely to be bettered by the competing recording. I can easily recommend this to anyone wanting to explore the byways of late-Baroque chamber music.


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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin, Oboe and Basso Continuo in D major by Giovanni Platti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Epoca Barocca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
2. Trio Sonata(s) by Giovanni Platti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Epoca Barocca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 

Sound Samples

Trio Sonata in D major: I. Largo
Trio Sonata in D major: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in D major: III. Largo
Trio Sonata in D major: IV. Non tanto presto
Trio Sonata in G minor: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G minor: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G minor: III. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G minor: IV. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G major: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G major: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in G major: III. Largo
Trio Sonata in G major: IV. Allegro
Oboe Sonata in C minor: I. Adagio assai
Oboe Sonata in C minor: II. Allegro assai
Oboe Sonata in C minor: III. Non tanto adagio
Oboe Sonata in C minor: IV. Giga: Presto
Cello Sonata in D minor: I. Largo
Cello Sonata in D minor: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata in D minor: III. Adagio
Cello Sonata in D minor: IV. Fuga: A tempo giusto
Trio Sonata in C minor: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata in C minor: II. Allegro
Trio Sonata in C minor: III. Mesto
Trio Sonata in C minor: IV. Allegro

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