These works have no pretensions beyond light entertainment, but they can still charm and even touch us with their grace and tenderness.
...The works recorded here have no pretensions beyond light entertainment, and should not be compared with the masterly concertos Mozart was producing then years later. But they can still charm and even touch us, which is all Salieri would have expected.
The work which comes closest to the mature classical style as we know it through Mozart and Haydn is the Keyboard Concerto in B flat... The first movement is vigorous and strongly rhythmic, solidly in the tradition of the
galant concertos written by such men as Johann Schobert and J.C. Bach; the cadenza isRead more Salieri's. The adagio in E flat allows more scope to the composer's melodic gift, and the omission of wind instruments permits adventurous modulations into B flat minor and E flat minor... If the finale seems more conventional, the movement nonetheless brightens up with a coda in faster time which ends almost as a race between orchestra and soloist.
...His Concerto for Flute and Oboe of 1774 has a rather "military" opening tutti; however, the solo passages are less grand than charming... The F major largo is gracious and tender, and again remarkable for its expressive writing for the strings...
The third work...is something of a mystery... The Verona manuscript in which it is found attributes it to Francesco Salieri, the pupil of Tartini who provided the earliest musical education of his younger brother, Antonio, and none of whose works is known... At any rate, whether it is by Francesco or an early effort by Antonio, it is an enjoyable piece in its own right, and worthy of a place alongside the two concertos...
-- Charles Johnston [from the liner notes] Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano in B flat majorby Antonio Salieri Performer:
Paul Badura-Skoda (Fortepiano)
I Solisti Veneti
Period: Classical Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria
Concerto for Flute and Oboe in C majorby Antonio Salieri Performer:
Pietro Borgonovo (Oboe),
Clementine Hoogendorn (Flute)
I Solisti Veneti
Period: Classical Written: by 1774; Vienna, Austria
Sinfonia "La tempesta di mare" (F. Salieri): I. Allegro
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Charming RecordingDecember 14, 2018By Michael S. (Washington, DC)See All My Reviews"I first heard these recordings on a cassette tape in the early 1980s, and have loved them ever since. Both concerti are early works by Antonio Salieri, written when he was 23 and 24 years old. Also, Salieri was widely acclaimed for his operatic, not instrumental, works. All that being said, the pieces are charming--tuneful, elegant, and at times, plaintive. The recordings themselves are very good, with good sound quality. I especially love hearing the brilliant Austrian pianist, Paul Badura-Skoda, on the fortepiano in the keyboard concerto. Highly recommend."Report Abuse
Scintillating November 18, 2012By Anthony G. (SANTA FE, NM)See All My Reviews"This is one of the great finds I have made this year. Francesco will delight you and spur you to explore more of his music. Antonio, of course, is better known and highly underrated. This music enthralls. Buy this CD."Report Abuse