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Tartini: The Devil's Sonata, Etc / Andrew Manze


Release Date: 03/10/1998 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907213   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Andrew Manze
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Prior to Robert Johnson’s legendary encounters with the devil in the Thirties, probably the best-known diabolic incursion into Western music was Tartini’s The Devil’s Sonata (aka The Devil’s Trill), composed between 1713 and c1750. Tartini dreamt he sold his soul to the devil, who, in return, took up a violin and played ‘a sonata so unusual and so beautiful... that I stopped breathing and awoke gasping’. Trying to recapture that satanic majesty, Tartini wrote The Devil’s Sonata, which is certainly fiendishly hard to play, particularly the infamous trill in the last movement.

In the hands of Andrew Manze, the sonata transcends its complexities to become a beautiful and compelling piece of music, closely followed by the
Read more Pastorale, with its fantastical Grave, and the other works here. Manze plays them all solo, as Tartini preferred, and the lack of continuo allows him an interpretative freedom that he exploits to the full, combining clarity of articulation and fluency of phrase in a display of mesmerising technical bravura that the devil himself might envy. Magnificent!

***** 5 out of 5 Stars for Performance and Sound *****

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound Studios, California 
2.
Variations (38) on a Gavotte from Corelli's Op. 5, B F11 "L'arte del arco": Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1758; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound Studios, California 
Notes: The excerpts performed here include the Theme and Variations 1, 2, 4, 9, 15, 12, 10, 20, 29, 30, 33, 34, 23 and 38. 
3.
Sonata for Violin in A minor, B a3 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1760; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound Studios, California 
4.
Sonatas (12) e una pastorale, Op. 1: no 13, Pastorale in A major, B A16 by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Andrew Manze (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1734 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound Studios, California 

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