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Follie All'italiana / Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca


Release Date: 11/06/2001 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 85775   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiArcangelo CorelliBernardo StoraceMaurizio Cazzati,   ... 
Performer:  Giorgio FavaRoberto FalconeGianpietro RosatoWalter Vestidello,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is a winner - the Sonatoris have unearthed exceptional material, presented with admirable virtuosity and imagination.

The Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (The Musicians of the Merry Border) is an ensemble from Treviso, Italy (on the border of the former Venice Republic—hence the name), specializing in Italian music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Founded in 1983, they first hit the silver disc on the Swiss Divox Antiqua label in 1992 with a remarkable version of The Four Seasons (CDX 79404), equal to the very best period-instrument versions by II Giardino Armonico or Europa Galante. It was enthusiastically reviewed in Fanfare 23:5, along with their next one, a further collection of Vivaldi violin concertos (CDX
Read more 79406), published under the title Le Humane Passioni (The Human Passions), which earned them a number of prizes in France and Italy in 1995. Then followed various collections of 17th-century Italian string music: Balli, Capricci, Stravaganze—17th Century Italian Music for Strings (CDX 79603) with the extraordinary Capriccio Stravagante of Carlo Farina, and Music for Strings in the Republic of Venice, 1615-1630 (CDX 79707). The Sonatoris have been under exclusive contract with Erato since 1999, and this is their third Erato recording, following a Vivaldi recital (Concerti della natura, 8573-80225-2), and yet another collection of 17th- and 18th-century Venetian string music (Concerti Veneziani, 8573-80237-2).

This new recital is assembled around the Follia theme (sometimes spelled with only one l), an ostinato ground bass ideally suited to variations and thus allowing for the display of much compositional and interpretive virtuosity. So successful was the theme in the 17th and early 18th centuries that it inspired a wide range of composers, including Albicastro, C. P. E. Bach, Corelli, Geminiani, Leclair, Marais, Mateis, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Vivaldi.

The Sonatoris follow the same principle as Jordi Sávali on his collection, La Folia 1490-1701 (Alia Vox AV 9805)—not so enthusiastically welcomed by Tom Moore in Fanfare 23:5, who called it "music-making of a high standard, but perhaps not of wide interest"—but none of the material is duplicated. The Purcell Quartet have also explored the theme on a collection of six Hyperion CDs devoted respectively to C. P. E. Bach, Corelli, Geminiani, Marais, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi, published between 1986 and 1991. The Sonatoris are not systematic, though, about the Follia theme. For instance, they choose Corelli's Ciacona rather than his Sonata da camera op. 5/12, "La Folia," chosen by Savall for his Alia Vox recital. Pandolfi, Cazzati, Vitali and Caldara's compositions are variations on a ground bass (chaconnes or passacaglias), but not the Follia. The Sonatoris also vary the instrumental makeup. The compositions they have selected are essentially for two violins and continuo, but these are interspersed with pieces for solo harpsichord (Storace's Partite sopra la follia) and guitar (Corbetta's Folia). They vary the instrumental combinations used in the continuo as well (these are sometimes difficult to recognize by ear, and Erato unfortunately gives no specific indications here, so I had to call the Sonatori 's headquarters in Treviso to make sure). They limit the continuo to the cello in Vitali 's Passagalio, add the archlute to harpsichord and cello in the Vivaldi, guitar and spinet in Falconiero's Folias and Ciaccona and Cazzati's Capriccio, substitute the organ for the harpsichord in Pandolfi's Passacaglia, the organ and guitar in Falconiero's Passacalle, and the archlute in Caldara's Chiacona. This disc is a winner. First of all, the Sonatoris have unearthed exceptional material. Along with the more famous pieces by Vivaldi and Corelli, there are some major finds here: the Ciacona by Falconiero, as rambunctious as a Spanish Fandango with its guitar integral with thuds on the soundboard; Cazzati 's Capriccio on seven notes, which reminded me of Marin Marais 's Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris but with more infectious exuberance and a wonderful dialog of violin and cello pizzicatos along the way; and Giovanni Reali's Folia from his 1709 Suonate e Capricci, op. 1, which, judging from the piece presented to us by the Sonatoris, urgently deserves a complete recording.

In addition, the Sonatoris present this material with admirable virtuosity and imagination. These qualities are much in evidence in the Vivaldi sonata that opens the disc. Supported by a continuo full of energy and inventiveness, violinists Giorgio Fava and Roberto Falcone play with gusto and bravura, adding on flourishing embellishments and cadenzas, the marked spatial separation between both violins allowing for much merry interplay. By comparison, Chiara Banchini and her Ensemble 415 on their 1991 Vivaldi sonata recital (Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901366) sound positively dull. The same can be said of the Corelli Ciacona, when heard against performers no less formidable than Monica Huggett and Alison Bury (in a Corelli recital issued on Philips 416 614-2—see Fanfare 12:3), Catherine Mackintosh and Elizabeth Wallfisch (with the Purcell quartet on their 1986 Corelli disc, "La Folia and Other Sonatas" Hyperion CDA 66226, reviewed in 11:3), and even Reinhard Goebel and Florian Deuter with Musica Antiqua Köln (in the collection titled Chaconne published by Archiv Produktion in 1997 and reviewed in 20:6). Even when comparisons are not available, this is clearly playing of exceptional verve, dynamism, and imagination. An invigorating disc. Recommended.

-- Ed Reichenbach, FANFARE [2002]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D minor, Op. 1 no 12/RV 63 "La Follia" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Giorgio Fava (Violin), Roberto Falcone (Violin), Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord),
Walter Vestidello (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1705; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 12 in G major - Chaconne by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Walter Vestidello (Cello), Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord), Giorgio Fava (Violin),
Roberto Falcone (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1685; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Selva di varie composizioni d'intavolatura per cimbalo ed organo: Follia by Bernardo Storace
Performer:  Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1664; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Ciaccona, Correnti, Gagliarde...: Capriccio sopra 7 note by Maurizio Cazzati
Performer:  Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord), Giancarlo Rado (Archlute), Walter Vestidello (Cello),
Roberto Falcone (Violin), Giorgio Fava (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1658; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigliio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Varie partite del passemezo, ciaccona, capricii, e passagalii, Op. 7: no 3, Chaconne in G minor by Giovanni Battista Vitali
Performer:  Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord), Walter Vestidello (Cello), Roberto Falcone (Violin),
Giorgio Fava (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Sonatas (12) da camera, Op. 2: Chiacona by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Giancarlo Rado (Archlute), Walter Vestidello (Cello), Roberto Falcone (Violin),
Giorgio Fava (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Suonate e capricci, Op. 1: Folia by Giovanni Reali
Performer:  Giorgio Fava (Violin), Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord), Giancarlo Rado (Archlute),
Walter Vestidello (Cello), Roberto Falcone (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Folias echa para mi Señora Doña by Andrea Falconieri
Performer:  Giancarlo Rado (Archlute), Roberto Falcone (Violin), Walter Vestidello (Cello),
Giorgio Fava (Violin), Gianpietro Rosato (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo: Passacaglio by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi
Performer:  Giorgio Fava (Violin), Gianpietro Rosato (Organ), Walter Vestidello (Cello),
Roberto Falcone (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
10.
Il primo libro di canzone: Passacalle by Andrea Falconieri
Performer:  Walter Vestidello (Cello), Giorgio Fava (Violin), Giancarlo Rado (Guitar),
Roberto Falcone (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Il primo libro di canzone: Ciaccona by Andrea Falconieri
Performer:  Giancarlo Rado (Guitar), Walter Vestidello (Cello), Roberto Falcone (Violin),
Giorgio Fava (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
Varie partite del passemezo, ciaccona, capricii, e passagalii, Op. 7: Passacaglia no 1 by Giovanni Battista Vitali
Performer:  Walter Vestidello (Cello), Giorgio Fava (Violin), Roberto Falcone (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Modena, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
La guitarre royalle: Folia by Francesco Corbetta
Performer:  Giancarlo Rado (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1671; England 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Chiesa Vigilio, Col San Martino, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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