For sheer affability of sentiment, good humour and harmonic warmth this set of concertos beats almost any other that I know. Perhaps there is nothing memorable here, certainly taken as a whole there are fewer song-like melodies than can be found in Albinoni's Opp. 7 and 9, for instance, but from the occasion when I first heard these concertos, about 12 years ago, they have remained firmly in my affection. Albinoni's Op. 10 Concertos, 12 of them, and all for strings, were discovered comparatively recently in Sweden by a Dutch musicologist, I think. Their date of publication was probably around 1737. In the late 1960s I Musici made a recording of the concertos (Philips 6768 001, 10169—nla) which, to the best of my knowledge, have been largelyRead more ignored by chamber orchestras ever since.
Here we have a new recording of the 12 works made by I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone. In almost every respect these performances are livelier and more delicately phrased than the more robust four-square interpretations by I Musici. On balance I prefer Scimone's account, though regret his more than occasional inclination to treat slow movements in a sentimental fashion; the temptation is great when confronted by some of Albinoni's often theatrical sighing phrases and there will be many who find his Latin manner irresistible; nevertheless, in the end it is an injustice to the music whose innate power of expression requires little or nothing in the way of artificial aids, In other respects this new recording is enormously enjoyable and projects the vitality of Albinoni's music far more successfully than the older version. The ravishing slow movements, in the nature of recitatives, of the Seventh and Eighth Concertos surely must evoke delight in the hearts of all devotees of eighteenth-century music; and these are effectively contrasted with outer movements whose irrepressible joie de vivre lift one's spirits into a realm where inflation, industrial strife and exhorbitant public transport tariffs simply never existed—at least not in the experience of their creator, I'm sure.
— Gramophone [11/1980], reviewing the original LP release Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerti (12) à 5 for Strings, Op. 10by Tomaso Albinoni