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Viola d'Amore Solo / Valerio Losito

Colombi / Losito
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94367   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGiuseppe ColombiAngelo MorigiChristian Petzold,   ... 
Performer:  Valerio Losito
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Famed for its distinctive sound, the viola d'amore -- literally meaning 'viola of love' -- is one of the more unusual members of the string family, an instrument that appeared towards the end of the 17th century and which owes its silvery, angelic tones to the symbiotic vibrations between its two sets of strings, one gut- and one wire-based.

This release celebrates the d'amore's versatility of sound by bringing together some of its finest Baroque repertoire. Beginning with the Ave Maris Stella, an ancient hymn dedicated to the Mother of God, the compilation takes the listener on an absorbing journey that combines the famous with the not so widely known; from Petzold's illustrious two partitas -- which are considered to be on
Read more the same level of importance for the d'amore as Bach's partitas and sonatas are for the violin -- to Morigi's Capriccio and Menuetto, the compilation also touches on various anonymous works, including the delightful Partita in D. Dance movements abound, reflecting the Baroque period's predilection for all things French.

Performing these works is the acclaimed young talent Valerio Losito, who uses a 1775 Gagliano on kind loan from the Fondazione Elsa Peretti. Losito is one of today's most accomplished d'amore players, and it's easy to hear why; combining a flawless technique with vivid imaginative detail, this release marks his second recording for Brilliant Classics (the first of which, dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti's 'melobass' sonatas, received rapturous reviews) and strengthens the argument as to why this instrument deserves to be better known.

Other information:
- New recording, recorded 7--9 January 2012, Santa Maria in Vallicella, Refettorio del Borromini (Sala Ovale), Rome.
- The Viola d'Amore, a cherished member of the string instrument family, lived its glory days during the Baroque, when its distinctive, silvery timbre was widely appreciated and loved, and many famous composers wrote for it (including J.S. Bach).
- Excellent liner notes by the artist about the music, the composers and the instrument. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Medieval 
2.
Suite in D minor by Anonymous
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
3.
Scordatura in G major by Giuseppe Colombi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
4.
Scordatura (Ciacona) by Giuseppe Colombi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
5.
Capriccio and Minuet in A major by Angelo Morigi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Classical 
6.
Partita in D major by Anonymous
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
7.
Scordatura in A major by Giuseppe Colombi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Nitida stella by Anonymous
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
9.
Partita in F major by Christian Petzold
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Gaita de folle by Pedro Lopes Nogueira
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
11.
Partita in A major by Christian Petzold
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Scordatura in E minor by Giuseppe Colombi
Performer:  Valerio Losito (Viola D'amore)
Period: Baroque 

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