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Geminiani: Cello Sonatas Op 5 / Ter Linden, Et Al


Release Date: 04/01/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93646   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Lars Ulrik MortensenJaap ter LindenJudith Maria Becker
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



GEMINIANI Cello Sonatas, op. 5/1–6 Jaap ter Linden (vc); Lars Ulrik Mortensen (hpd); Judith–Maria Becker (vc) (period instruments) BRILLIANT 93646 (54: 32)


Geminiani was a pupil of Corelli, and like his teacher he limited his musical output to a small collection of orchestral and chamber works. In this set of six sonatas for cello and continuo, Geminiani follows the Corellian model in the number (four) and order (slow–fast–slow–fast) of movements—except for the last, which is in Read more three movements. Geminiani’s writing for the solo instrument shows an advance on Corelli in the brilliant figuration in the fast movements. Slow movements can sometimes be a bit perfunctory, lasting less than a minute, though this is not always the case. Geminiani apparently enjoyed working with the sonorities created by two cellos, and in his contrapuntal movements sometimes allows the solo and continuo cellos to cross lines.


Jaap ter Linden, performing on a cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1703, shows why he has achieved prominence as a solo performer of Baroque music. He handles Geminiani’s elaborate music with ease. His smooth and rounded tone serves the music well. The continuo players provide able accompaniment. The performers are recorded in close perspective in excellent sound.


I am not familiar with any of the competing recordings of this music, but I cannot imagine that anyone looking for an excellent recording of these works would be disappointed with this disc. Brilliant’s low price merely adds to the attraction. Although I would not consider this music to be an essential purchase, it makes for a pleasant listening experience.

FANFARE: Ron Salemi


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 1 in A major by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (Cello), Judith Maria Becker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 2 in D minor by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello), Judith Maria Becker (Cello), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 3 in C major by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord), Judith Maria Becker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in B flat major by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Judith Maria Becker (Cello), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord), Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 0 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 5 in F major by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord), Judith Maria Becker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Sonatas (6) for Cello and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 6 in A minor by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello), Judith Maria Becker (Cello), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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