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Paradise: Instrumental Sonatas Of Antonio Bertali

Bertali / Acronym / Lipman
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BERTALI 13 Sonatas Acronym OLDE FOCUS 901 (63: 59)


Antonio Bertali (1605–1669) is one of those many composers from the Italian States who achieved prominence at the 17th-century Viennese courts of the Holy Roman Emperors. All of the rulers preferred the musical world of late 16th- and early 17th-century Italy, and their various musical directors provided many works along these stylistic lines. Bertali, who assumed the office of Kapellmeister followed Giovanni Valentini’s death in 1649, was especially known Read more for his operas and church music, but his sonatas recall those of Uccellini, Merula, Marini, and Castello. That’s to say, they are a succession of dances, recitatives, fast movements in imitative counterpoint, and slow arias over ostinato basses. They are attractive, distinctive pieces that haven’t lacked for champions in the recent past, though Acronym claims first recordings for six of the sonatas heard on his release.


As for the ensemble, it performs with a rich, full-bodied sound in unison, as I remarked on its almost concurrent release of Pezel’s Opus Musicum Sonatarum Praestantissimarum Senis Instrumentis Instructum (Olde Focus 903). That precision is especially welcome in the faster movements, and the ensemble catches some of the extravagant “take stage” expressivity in the more freely phrased of the recitatives. However, in solo passages, at least one of the violinists (four are named collectively, but never separately) has an unappealingly thin tone and occasional difficulties with going off pitch. They’re not quite as adverse to vibrato here as they are on that Pezel release, but they come close: I counted only two brief uses apiece of slow and fast vibrato applied in the first six of the 13 sonatas. It would at least help with the tonal issues, as would other experiments with violin color that were written about at the time.


Overall, then, this is an enjoyable release, mitigated by anemic tone and pitch issues in some of the solo passagework. Consider as well Quicksilver’s Stile Moderno , which includes one of Bertali’s sonatas, along with many by his contemporaries (Acis 72546). Sadly, Andrew Manze’s tribute to Biagio Marini, Curiose e Moderne Inventioni , is no longer in print on Harmonia Mundi HMX 2907175, though his recording of Uccelini’s sonatas (Harmonia Mundi 907196) still is. All three albums provide a mix of first-rate playing and stylistic sensibility in much the same kind of music.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata à 4 in D minor, for 2 violins, viola da gamba & bassoon by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Written:  ; Italy 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Sonata à 6 in G minor (CZ-KRa-A 515) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Sonata à 6 in D minor (D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-100) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Sonata à 5 in G minor (D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-90) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Sonata à 2 in D minor by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Sonata à 3 in D minor (S-Uu-13:7; D-brd-KI-ms. mus. 60) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Sonata à 2 in G major (D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-38) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Sonata à 6 in D minor (CZ-KRa-A 561; D-W Cod. Guelf. 34-7 Aug. 2-98) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
Sonata à 8 in G major (D-brd-KI-ms. mus. 98) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Sonata à 8 in C major by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11.
Sonata à 6 in E minor by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12.
Sonata à 8 in A minor (CZ-Kra-A 549; D-W Cod. Guelf. 34.7 Aug. 2-107) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Sonata à 6 in D minor (CZ-KRa-A 515) by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Acronym
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin College Con 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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 Musical paradise September 11, 2016 By Trevor Graham Cooper (Hong Kong, NT) See All My Reviews "In a similar vein to ACRONYM's Valentini work, this is easy on the ear, pleasant and relaxing music; well recorded and presented." Report Abuse
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