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La Voce Del Violoncello

Colombi / Dall'abacp / Galli / La Rotta / Napper
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 993   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joseph-Marie-Clément DallDomenico GalliGiovanni Battista VitaliGiuseppe Colombi,   ... 
Performer:  Esteban La Rotta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LA VOCE DEL VIOLONCELLO: Solo Works of the First Italian Cellist-Composers Elinor Frey (vc); Esteban la Rotta (thb, gtr); Susie Napper (vc) PASSACAILLE 993 (61:05)


Works by: ANONYMOUS, COLOMBI, G. M. DALL’ABACO, SUPRIANI, GALLI, VITALI, RUVO, D. GABRIELLI


“First Italian cellist-composers” is pushing matters just a bit, given that, as Elinor Frey mentions, her recording spans roughly 75 years of music. It concludes with Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco, who was Read more born in 1710 and died in 1805. But suffice to say, the disc furnishes an entertaining and varied program that features ricercars (Gabrielli), folk-like dances (Ruvo), bravura variations over ostinato basses (Vitali), Corelli-influenced sonatas (Galli), and a study in demonic virtuosity (Supriani). Most of the 22 selections are solos, though three selections are accompanied by theorbo, one by Baroque guitar, and two with continuo furnished by theorbo and a second baroque cello.


The Baroque cello Frey uses isn’t identified in her notes, though she writes sensibly of the different tunings she uses that were employed by composers in different geographical areas, and the underhand bow grip she’s adopted for the earlier music thanks to period depictions of cello performance. The instrument itself sounds like a good period copy: exceptionally resonant, very dark and smooth in coloration. In live performance the Baroque cello wouldn’t have the sheer penetrative volume to rise above a chamber orchestra, much less a full 20th-century one. On a record, of course, you have all the volume you want, and combined with her carefully accented phrasing, a repertoire of seldom heard music, gloriously interpreted, springs to life. Frey is clearly a performer who enjoys the music she plays, and communicates that enthusiasm to her audience well.


I have one regret where this album is concerned. The variation sets over ostinato basses are very short, and in the fashion of such music, gather their own energy through repetition and transformation; but here, they seem to end almost before they’ve begun. It was the custom yet in the period that musicians would be expected in some works to furnish their own additional variations (and ornaments) beyond those supplied by the composer; and Vitali’s three pieces on this disc call out for this treatment. Given the disc’s length, it needn’t even have interfered with what is already present, and Frey could have repeated these pieces, with her own additions, on separate bands.


But that is a relatively small cavil. The music never fails to entertain, and Frey’s playing never fails to delight. Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Caprice No. 6 in E minor, for cello by Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Caprice No. 1 in C minor, for cello by Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Caprice No. 10 in A major, for cello by Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for cello, No. 1 by Domenico Galli
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Partite sopra diverse sonate per il violone: Passa Galli per la lettera E by Giovanni Battista Vitali
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Caprice No. 5 in B major, for cello by Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Partite sopra diverse sonate per il violone: Bergamasca per la lettera B by Giovanni Battista Vitali
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
Partite sopra diverse sonate per il violone: Capritio sopra otto figure by Giovanni Battista Vitali
Performer:  Esteban La Rotta (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Caprice No. 4 in D minor, for cello by Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10.
Chiacona a Basso Solo del Colombi, for bass viol by Giuseppe Colombi
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
Ricercar for Cello solo no 1 in G minor by Domenico Gabrielli
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Ricercar for Cello solo no 6 in G major by Domenico Gabrielli
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for cello in A minor (Como manuscript) by Anonymous
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
14.
Sonata for cello No. 5 by Domenico Galli
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
15.
Tromba a Basso solo, for violone & continuo by Giuseppe Colombi
Performer:  Esteban La Rotta (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
Toccata No. 5, for cello by Francesco P. Supriani
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Toccata No. 5, version for cello & continuo by Francesco P. Supriani
Performer:  Esteban La Rotta (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
18.
Romanella for cello No. 2 by Giulio Ruvo
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
19.
Tarantella for cello No. 2 by Giulio Ruvo
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
20.
Romanella for cello No. 1 by Giulio Ruvo
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
21.
Tarantella for cello No. 1 by Giulio Ruvo
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
22.
Toccata No. 10, for cello by Francesco P. Supriani
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
23.
Toccata No. 10, version for cello & continuo by Francesco P. Supriani
Performer:  Esteban La Rotta (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2012 
Venue:  Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montrea 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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