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Zuccari: Cello Sonatas / Renato Criscuolo, Musica Perduta


Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94306  
Composer:  Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

• The manuscript of these wonderful Baroque Cello Sonatas was found in the library of the Sacro Conveno in Assisi, and research of MVSICA PERDVTA proved them to be by the hand of Francesco Maria Zuccari, organist and Maestro di Capella of the Basilica of Assisi.
• The sonatas are very skilfully written for the cello, exploring the possibilities of the instruments to its limits, displaying at times an astonishing virtuosity.
• The present recording uses a rich and colourful basso continuo of violone, theorbo, double bass and harpsichord/organ. The performance is based on the authentic music practice.
• New Premiere Recording. Liner notes written by musicologist.

A name that will be unfamiliar to many lis- teners,
Read more Francesco Maria Zuccari was born circa 1694 in Dosolo, Italy. The earliest trace of his work as a composer is from 1718, when he was working at the basilica of Assisi, becoming first organist there and later maestro di capella until 1727. He sub- sequently worked in senior posts in the cities of Rome and Padua, and died in 1788.

Zuccari was primarily a church composer, so the ten Cello Sonatas heard on this new recording are a more unusual part of his output and have only recently been confir- med as his works.The pieces are found in an anonymous 18th-century manuscript housed in the Sacro Conveno library in Assisi; after a day of research, MVSICA PERDVTA were able to attribute them to Zuccari.

In recording these sonatas, MVSICA PERDVTA have paid considerable attention to the performance practices of Zuccari’s era. Original period instruments, or accura- te copies, were used, and the proper assembly and performance techniques of the instruments were observed, making this release a fascinating and authoritative exploration of rare but exciting repertoire.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Period performances using authentic instruments
• Musica Perduta features the following artists:
Renato Criscuolo baroque cello and 5 string cello
Luca Marzetti G violone and baroque double bass
Michele Carreca theorbo
Alberto Bagnai harpsichord and organ
• Booklet notes
• Recording made in 2010
• Rare repertoire, only recently attributed to Zuccari Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 1 in D major by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 2 in B flat major by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 3 in G major by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 4 in A minor by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 6 in C major by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo no 8 in D minor by Francesco Maria Zuccari
Performer:  Renato Criscuolo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Perduta
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major: I. Preludio: Andante
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major: II. Allegro spiritoso
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major: III. Adagio
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Major: IV. Allegro assai
Cello Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major: I. Preludio: Andante
Cello Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major: II. Moderato - Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major: III. Presto
Cello Sonata No. 3 in G Major: I. Preludio: Andante
Cello Sonata No. 3 in G Major: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 3 in G Major: III. Grave
Cello Sonata No. 3 in G Major: IV. Presto, e sciolto
Cello Sonata No. 4 in A Minor: I. Preludio
Cello Sonata No. 4 in A Minor: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 4 in A Minor: III. Cantabile
Cello Sonata No. 4 in A Minor: IV. Allegro assai
Cello Sonata No. 6 in C Major: I. Preludio: Andante
Cello Sonata No. 6 in C Major: II. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 6 in C Major: III. Cantabile
Cello Sonata No. 6 in C Major: IV. Allegro assai
Cello Sonata No. 8 in D Minor: I. Preludio: Spiritoso e sciolto
Cello Sonata No. 8 in D Minor: II. Non tanto allegro
Cello Sonata No. 8 in D Minor: III. Adagiato
Cello Sonata No. 8 in D Minor: IV. Allegro assai

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