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Tuma - Partitas, Sonatas And Sinfonias / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30436   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



T?MA Sonatas: a 4 in a; in e; a 3 in a. Partitas a 4 in d; a 3 in c. Sinfonias: a 4 in B?; a 3 in B? Rinaldo Alessandrini (hpd, cond); Concerto Italiano (period instruments) NAÏVE 30436 (70:00)


One of those marvelous little-known Bohemian composers of the late Baroque, František Ignác Antonín T?ma followed the more or less standard trajectory of Czech musicians of the time. He started his musical education in Bohemia, and later moved to Vienna, where he led a solid career as composer, Read more singer, organist, and primarily theorbist and gambist.


His writing, much appreciated by his contemporaries, is interesting, personal, full of chromaticism and intensity, evoking the past masters (shadows of Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach inhabit these pieces) and paving the way for the future (traces of Haydn and Mozart, even Beethoven, are also discernible). Posterity was unkind to him, as it was to other gallant masters and to most of the Bohemian composers, who have not yet occupied their rightful place in the musical encyclopedias and concert halls all over the world. But fortunately for us, there are excellent musicians turning their attention to his music. Better late, than never!


The present CD starts its contact with the world at large very auspiciously; featuring one of the best covers I have seen this year, it will easily attract the eye of the music-lover. Stark, simple, and beautiful, the photograph on the cover (by Mark Power) seems like a painting in its stunning graphic balance. The overall design respects and amplifies the effect, and the result could not be any better. The liner notes, by Alessandrini himself, are direct, informative, and elegantly written. If the playing were not of the highest level, it would be a bitter disappointment.


Fear not! The CD lives up to its promise. Alessandrini and his colleagues give us the sort of interpretation we have grown used to expecting from Concerto Italiano: full-blooded, technically exceptional, musically interesting at all times, intelligent, and absolutely convincing. It is hard to imagine that only seven musicians create the universe of sound displayed in these works. Even though the group cannot properly be called an orchestra, the illusion that we are dealing with a much larger ensemble is created by the huge dynamic scope obtained, the ever present sense of direction in the phrases, the subtle differences in timbre, the ample variety in articulations, and the sudden (and apt) changes in character—but also because all interpreters involved seem to share the same ideal regarding tone and sentiment. Cohesion, virility, contrast, complete engagement to the chosen repertoire, and a fine body of works to sink their teeth into. Who would not love the resulting performance? Most definitely, this one goes to the top shelf of my collection.


FANFARE: Laura Rónai
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata á 4 in A minor by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Classical 
2.
Partita in D minor by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Bohemia 
3.
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat major by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
4.
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat major by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
5.
Partita á 3 in C minor by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Classical 
6.
Sonata á 4 in E minor by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Classical 
7.
Sonata á 3 in A minor by Franz Ignaz Anton Tuma
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Classical 

Featured Sound Samples

Sonata a 4 in A minor: I. Andante
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat: II. Allegro
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat: IV. Allegretto
Partita a 3 in C minor: III. Aria. Andante

Sound Samples

Sonata a 4 in A minor: I. Andante
Sonata a 4 in A minor: II. Allegro ma piano
Partita a 4 in D minor: I. Andante
Partita a 4 in D minor: II. Presto
Partita a 4 in D minor: III. Arietta: Andante
Partita a 4 in D minor: IV. Menuet - Trio - Menuet
Partita a 4 in D minor: V. Presto
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat major: I. Largo - Adagio
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat major: II. Allegro
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat major: III. Andante
Sinfonia a 4 in B flat major: IV. Allegro
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat major: I. Adagio
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat major: II. Allegro
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat major: III. Andante
Sinfonia a 3 in B flat major: IV. Allegretto
Partita a 3 in C minor: I. Adagio
Partita a 3 in C minor: II. Allegro moderato
Partita a 3 in C minor: III. Aria: Andante
Partita a 3 in C minor: IV. Adagio
Partita a 3 in C minor: V. Allegro
Sonata a 4 in E minor: I. Adagio
Sonata a 4 in E minor: II. Allegro
Sonata a 4 in E minor: III. Andante, ma allegretto
Sonata a 4 in E minor: IV. Presto
Sonata a 3 in A minor: I. Vivace
Sonata a 3 in A minor: II. Largo
Sonata a 3 in A minor: III. Allegro

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