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Pergolesi, Porpora, Durante / Scimone, I Solisti Veneti


Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 88172  
Composer:  Francesco DuranteGiovanni Battista PergolesiNicolo Porpora
Performer:  Bettina MussumeliSusan Moses
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[This] disc is one of a series called Interfaces produced under the sponsorship of Hewlett-Packard, and offers some rarely heard Italian concertos of the first half of the 18th century, including two (the Durante and the concerto for two harpsichords attributed to Per-golesi) which are apparently first recordings. The concerto by Francesco Durante (1684-1755) is the eighth of eight concertos that were preserved in manuscript. The title “La Pazzia (“madness“ or “lunacy“) may perhaps refer to the occasional sudden eruptions in the first movement. The Pergolesi violin concerto has been recorded by Faerber with the Württemburg Chamber Orchestra on Vox (so-so) and I Musici for Philips (quite good). It is very Vivaldian, and even uses one of Read more Vivaldi's favorite cadences several times in the first movement. The concerto for two harpsichords attributed to Pergolesi (who is best known today for the music he didn't write) is pleasant, and remarkable in that Italian Baroque concertos for even one harpsichord are rare indeed. The cello concerto by Nicolò Porpora (1686-1768; why aren't we having a Porpora Tricentennial this year?), a composer known more for his vocal works and as a vocal teacher, is an instrumental work in which the cello “vocalizes.“

In all, a pleasing disc of some out-of-the-way works written by unfamiliar composers. Sci-mone's ensemble offers up enthusiastic performances, and while I Musici presents a slightly more studied and pointed view of the Pergolesi violin concerto, I can't fault the Venetians. Their soloists (including Scimone as second harpsichordist in the two-harpsichord concerto) perform with ease and style. The sound, as in the mandolin disc, is warm and elegant, and the surfaces quiet. Recommended.

-- Nils Anderson, FANFARE [9/1986]
reviewing the original LP release of this album Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Strings no 8 in A major "La Pazzia" by Francesco Durante
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
2.
Concerto for Violin in B flat major by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Bettina Mussumeli (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
3.
Concerto for Cello in G major by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Susan Moses (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 

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