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Autour De Vivaldi (Around Vivaldi)

Ensemble Guidantus
Release Date: 02/15/2010 
Label:  Solstice Records   Catalog #: 257  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The principal form of the Italian solo concerto was the Ritornello movement which proceeds in successive brief musical events, alternating tutti ritornelli and soli, which contrast one another thematically and texturally. Its increasing popularity went hand in hand with the heydey of te violin as a virtuoso instrument and the activity of the greatest violin builders - Amati, Guarneri et Stradivari.

Ensemble Guidantus is a small chamber group formed in 1995 out of the homonymous orchestra and it plays a lively part in the Italian music scene. The sparkling and polished performances combine mastery of the score with a clear and individual interpretation, the result of a decade of aesthetic and philological
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Continuously seeking new musical suggestions, Ensemble's repertoire covers all of the works of Vivaldi, particularly unpublished or rarely performed pieces, as well as other celebrated 17th and 18th centuries composers such as Arcangelo Corelli, Benedetto Marcello, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Domenico Scarlatti, Domenico Cimarosa.

Carlo Alezio Razetti (16.. - 17..)
Guiseppe Matteo Alberti (1685 - 1751)
Carlo Tessarini (1690 - 1767)
Andrea Zani (1696-1757)
Giovanni Baptista Somis (1686 - 1763)
Silvestro Rotondi (16.. - 17..)

Marco Pedrona (principal violin)
Francesca Copelli (1st violin)
Carlotta Arata (2nd violin)
Ciro Chiapponi (viola)
Antonio Braidi (cello)
Giovanna Fornari (harpischord)
Massimo Marchese (theorbo)

Track Listing:

Carlo Alezio RazettiConcerto in G minor
1. Allegro ma non presto
2. Grave
3. Allegro
Guiseppe Matteo AlbertiConcerto in F minor
4. Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Allegro
Carlo TessariniConcerto in F major
7. Allegro
8. Adagio
9. Allegro
Andrea ZaniConcerto in D major
10. Allegro
11. Adagio
12. Allegro
Giovanni Baptista SomisConcerto in G major
13. Allegro
14. Adagio
15. Allegro
Silvestro RotondiConcerto in F minor
16. Adagio
17. Allegro
18. Large staccato (Adagio, Grave)
19. Allegro

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 Unearthing worthy composers October 26, 2012 By Gary Duncan (Boston, MA) See All My Reviews "With an exceedingly credible group of players, Ensemble Guidantus, we have on this CD 6 composers that may be mostly unknown to anyone but the most expertise of the Baroque period. While one, Carlo Tessarini, can be found on CD's devoted to his music, the others, Razetti, Alberti, Zani, Somis & Rotondi,are not so well represented in recordings, if at all. All, mostly violinists, in an era when that instrument was first coming into its own, composed pieces not unlike Vivaldi. And you might say with all the many Vivaldi pieces that are now being recorded, many new to our era, first recordings, why get bogged down in still other composers. Well, the best reason is the pieces here recorded are so very pleasant! So, yes you can ignore this Solstice release, but if you enjoy Vivaldi, why not try this? Each is well under 15 minutes. And it certainly proves the era had more than one player that the population then could and did enjoy!" Report Abuse
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