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The Developing Sonata - Sonate Italiane

Ensemble Tripla Concordia
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Stradivarius   Catalog #: 33847   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arcangelo CorelliEvaristo Dall'AbacoDomenico ScarlattiFrancesco Maria Veracini,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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THE DEVELOPING SONATA: Sonate italiane Tripla Concordia (period instruments) STRADIVARIUS STR 33847 (64:46)


Sonatas by CORELLI, DALL’ABACO, D. SCARLATTI, VERACINI, MEALLI, FONTANA, de SELMA, and CASTELLO


Ten sonatas, of which the last four are chronologically earlier than the first four, as one might perhaps not expect on a disc about development of a form. But no matter, the music is Read more well-played and the program is pivoted around three of Scarlatti’s always-intriguing keyboard pieces. It is hard to see here the “development” of the form we call a “sonata” today. Corelli’s G-Minor op. 5/7 is one of many adaptations of Corelli’s work that John Walsh published for recorder in London in the first decade of the 18th century. It is in four movements that really resemble a suite or a partita rather than a sonata, as does Evaristo Dall’Abaco’s surprising and delightful op. 1/5. This is actually a transcription for recorder of a violin piece in that collection. Though Dall’Abaco titles three of the movements with tempo indications instead of dance forms, his concluding Giga comes clearly out of the world of decorous dance. Francesco Veracini’s A-Minor Sonata is really a suite in five movements, also concluding with a gigue. It is, however, cobbled together from two other sonatas in his op. 1.


In some ways, the last four, 17th-century, pieces are the most interesting on the disc. Though Pandolfi Mealli’s sonata is formally in one movement, it has three clearly defined sections, fast-slow-fast. Giovanni Battista Fontana also takes the three-section approach to his one-movement sonata, but the sections are more closely intergrated, and the first has subsections that sound to my ears as variations on a theme. Bartolomeo de Selma called his piece for solo bass and harpsichord a “fantasia.” The notes to the recording claim his collection of 1638 was one of the first to give independent and solo parts to bass instruments. Though there is a sense of the English “division” about this piece, the accompaniment is not on a ground bass as was common in English circles. Dario Castello’s short sonata also exhibits three movements, of which the considerably flashy bits are put into the longer last section.


Tripla Concordia is an ensemble new to me. Its members are Lorenzo Casavanti, recorders; Caroline Boersma, cello; and Sergio Ciomei, harpsichord. Casavanti uses six different modern copies of older recorders, including a splendid soprano made by Luca di Paoilis. His tempi are brisk without being absolutely breakneck. Ciomei plays the Scarlatti sonatas with great esprit on a copy of a Grimaldi harpsichord from 1697. Boersma’s 17th-century cello, the only authentically old instrument here, makes a rather dark sound in de Selma’s fantasia.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 7 in D minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, Op. 1/5 by Evaristo Dall'Abaco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 213/L 108 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 64/L 58 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 56/G 356 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 2 in A minor by Francesco Maria Veracini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1721; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for solo violin No. 2 (Sonata seconda) by Giovanni Battista Fontana
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Fantasia a basso solo by Bartolomeo De Salma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 8 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 1, La Bernabea by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1660; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2007 
Venue:  Montevarchi, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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