WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

The Music World Of Giovanni Battista Viotti

Musical World Giovanni Battista Viotti / Various
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 689/1-9  
Composer:  Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco MezzenaMario CarbottaCarlo BalzarettiFelix Ayo,   ... 
Conductor:  Luciano BorinFranco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viotti Chamber OrchestraSymphonia PerusinaQuartetto Aira,   ... 
Number of Discs: 9 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A handy, cheap and well played Viotti box.

Dynamic has corralled many of its Viotti recordings in this 9 CD set. Note, however, at the outset, that it contains only a percentage of the complete violin concertos and for these - played by Franco Mezzena and Symphonia Perusina - you will need CDS 498/1-10, a ten CD box priced ‘as for three’, which is something of a bargain. That is if you really do want all Viotti’s concertos for his own instrument.
 
If you don’t, then this more general set, which contains nine violin concertos, may be the answer. The first disc features Mezzana but with the Viotti Chamber Orchestra directed by Luciano Borin. The first two concertos are here, along with No.19. This
Read more last concerto demonstrates the expressive strides Viotti had made; the ardent refinement of its slow movement leads the way to the better known No.22. Mezzana plays with a fine tone, maintaining a good body in his lower register. When he plays and directs Symphonia Perusina one feels the orchestral weight is a touch lighter, the playing a bit freer. He encourages a stormy orchestral introduction in both No 22 and 24, more Sturm und Drang than anything, and plays with correspondingly adroit musicality. His passagework is excellent and only occasionally do we find him rushing his bars. He’s, all things considered, an outstanding guide to the concertos.
 
The quartets are played by Quartetto Aira. The influence seems to be Haydn, the ethos is often concertante, amiably virtuosic with stately, not especially rich slow movements. Sometimes Viotti doesn’t characterise the movements sufficiently, but when he does, as in the opening of the B flat major - when he quasi-cadentially introduces each instrument in turn - then the music becomes more intriguing. Disc five offers the Trios for two violins and cello and the Serenades for two violins. These again are effective but not especially distinctive. The Brothers Guglielmo dig into the second Trio with abandon, though the milieu is more elegant than expressive.
 
There is a disc of flute music, which sits a bit oddly given the otherwise all-violin nature of the set. Mario Carbotta and Carlo Balzaretti play adeptly and there is a just balance between them, but as with the string quartets, there’s a slightly studied, if not detached air about the slower movements. It’s more public than interior music.
 
This can’t be said in the two discs devoted to his Violin Sonatas. Here we have the superb Felix Ayo accompanied by Corrado De Bernart. These sonatas were clearly written for Viotti himself to play and their grandeur, command and virtuosity lift them well above the other chamber works we have heard. His compact command of lyricism and his gift for gracious turns of phrase - try the opening Maestoso of Op.4 No.5 - alert one to Viotti’s status as one of the great executants of the age. These excellent sonatas deserve repeated re-hearing, not least in the, say, slow movement of the E flat major from Book 2. Here Ayo’s sweetly focused tone meets Viotti’s truer self and the result is a ripening of feeling. Here Viotti abandons the carapace of gentility that sometimes shadows the other chamber works. Here, in short, Viotti sings.
 
The final disc contains the Duetti Concertante and two Serenades. The two-violin team is Duo Deschka: Dina Schneidermann and Emil Kamilarov. They are quite a gutsy duo and don’t take prisoners. I would have welcomed greater lyricism and refinement. The Viotti dream-team here would have been Ayo and Mezzena.
 
If you’re looking for a handy, cheap and well played Viotti box without specialising in all the violin concertos, this set will do nicely.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International  
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 19 in G minor by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Luciano Borin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792-1794; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Conegliano Veneto, Belluno, Italy 
Length: 31 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, G 32 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Luciano Borin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Conegliano Veneto, Belluno, Italy 
Length: 22 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, G 44 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Luciano Borin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viotti Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Conegliano Veneto, Belluno, Italy 
Length: 21 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin no 20 in D major, G 92 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1792-1795; England 
5. Concerto for Violin no 27 in C major, G 142 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1795; Italy 
6. Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, G 33 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1782 
7. Concerto for Violin no 22 in A minor, G 97 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1792-1797; Italy 
8. Concerto for Violin no 24 in B minor, G 105 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1792-1797; Italy 
9. Concerto for Violin no 28 in A minor, G 143 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Franco Mezzena (Violin)
Conductor:  Franco Mezzena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphonia Perusina
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
10. Quartets concertans (6) for Strings, Op. 1: no 1 in F major G 7 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Aira
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1783-1785 
11. Quartets concertans (6) for Strings, Op. 1: no 2 in B flat major G 8 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Aira
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1783-1785 
12. Quartets concertans (6) for Strings, Op. 1: no 3 in G major G 9 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Aira
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1783-1785 
13. Trio for 2 Violins and Cello in E major, CW 14 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803 
14. Trio for 2 Violins and Cello in G major, CW 15 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803 
15. Serenata for 2 Violins in A major, CW 31 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Classical 
16. Serenata for 2 Violins in D major, CW 32 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Classical 
17. Serenata for 2 Violins in G major, CW 33 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco
Period: Classical 
18. Nocturnes (3) for Flute and Piano by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Mario Carbotta (Flute), Carlo Balzaretti (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1820 
19. Serenades (6) for Piano with Flute accompaniment, Op. 23 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Mario Carbotta (Flute), Carlo Balzaretti (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1806 
20. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 1 in E major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin), Corrado De Bernart (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Dynamic Studios, Genova, Italy 
21. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 2 in A major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Corrado De Bernart (Piano), Felix Ayo (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Dynamic Studios, Genova, Italy 
22. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 3 in D major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Corrado De Bernart (Piano), Felix Ayo (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Dynamic Studios, Genova, Italy 
23. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 4 in B flat major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin), Corrado De Bernart (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Dynamic Studios, Genova, Italy 
24. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 5 in E flat major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin), Corrado De Bernart (Piano)
25. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 6 in B flat major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin), Corrado De Bernart (Piano)
26. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, deuxième livre: no 1 in A major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Corrado De Bernart (Piano), Felix Ayo (Violin)
27. Sonatas (6) for Violin and Basso Continuo, deuxième livre: no 2 in E flat major by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Felix Ayo (Violin), Corrado De Bernart (Piano)
28. Duetto concertante for 2 Violins in D major, G 67 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Emil Kamilarov (Violin), Dina Schneidermann (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Desxhka
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 7/1997 
Venue:  Genova, Italy 
29. Serenata for 2 Violins in E flat major, G 148 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Emil Kamilarov (Violin), Dina Schneidermann (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Desxhka
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; London, England 
Date of Recording: 7/1997 
Venue:  Genova, Italy 
30. Duetto concertante for 2 Violins in D minor, G 68 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Emil Kamilarov (Violin), Dina Schneidermann (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Desxhka
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 7/1997 
Venue:  Genova, Italy 
31. Serenata for 2 Violins in E major, G 150 by Giovanni Battista Viotti
Performer:  Dina Schneidermann (Violin), Emil Kamilarov (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Desxhka
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; London, England 
Date of Recording: 7/1997 
Venue:  Genova, Italy 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook