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Notes and Editorial Reviews
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 is
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]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano in B flat major by Antonio Salieri
Paul Badura-Skoda (Fortepiano)
I Solisti Veneti
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria
Concerto for Flute and Oboe in C major by Antonio Salieri
Pietro Borgonovo (Oboe),
Clementine Hoogendorn (Flute)
I Solisti Veneti
Written: by 1774; Vienna, Austria
Featured Sound Samples
Piano Concerto in B flat (A. Salieri): II. Adagio
Sinfonia "La tempesta di mare" (F. Salieri): I. Allegro
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Scintillating November 18, 2012
By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) 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."