Gaetano E Giovanni Meneghetti: Sonate E Concerti Per Violino

Release Date: 2/8/2011
Catalog Number: TC731302
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1

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Gaetano MENEGHETTI Sonata a quattro in F. Violin Sonatas: in d; in B?; in c; in e; in A. Giovanni MENEGHETTI Violin Sonata in b. Violin Concerto in A Giovanni Guglielmo (vn); Enrico Zanovello (hpd, org); dir; Archicembalo (period instruments) TACTUS 731302 (63:17)


Enrico Zanovello, director of Archicembalo, has assembled a program of violin concertos and sonatas by the 17th- and 18th-century violinist, conductor, and composer Gaetano Meneghetti and his son, Giovanni, both of whom worked in Vicenza. Gaetano’s sonatas follow a somewhat conservative four-movement pattern (slow-fast-slow-fast); Giovanni’s sonata contains only two movements, while he casts the concerto in the fashionable three. Zanovello edited the manuscripts and completed the reconstruction of Giovanni’s concerto, fashioning stand-ins for the missing parts.


The Sonata a quattro that begins the program looks forward, despite its four-movement design, in both its short, simple phrases and in its direct harmonies; it’s timbrally bright, too, featuring an underlying bassoon. With the first violin part integrated into the textures, it’s more an ensemble concerto than either a concerto grosso or solo concerto. In the Sonata in D Minor, violinist Giovanni Guglielmo sounds reedy on his 1712 Bernardo Calcanius violin, but the engineers have captured him in a reverberant setting that swaddles his tone, lending it warmth and pliancy. He plays the fast movements with the zest that Arthur Grumiaux brought to his re-creations of Baroque works by Corelli, Tartini, Veracini, Telemann, and Bach. The ensemble adopts a tempo in the Largo that never lags. If the notes suggest that these works aren’t masterpieces, the performances belie that assumption: The instrumentalists play them with wholehearted commitment and stylish verve. As in the Sonata in D Minor, the slow movement of the B?-Major Sonata maintains a steady pace in Archicembalo’s performance, the violin part draping itself gracefully over the continuo. The sonata ends, as do many of Arcangelo Corelli’s sonatas, with a gigue-like finale; this one resembles Corelli’s in melodic patterns and harmonic layout.


Bassoonist Steno Boesso joins the continuo for the Sonata in C Minor, contributing a crisp underpinning for the cheerful first Allegro; he leaves the accompaniment of the violin part to organ in the Adagio, but returns for the customary triple-time finale. The Allegro e spiritoso of the Sonata in E Minor assigns to the violin some virtuosic bariolage, the first to appear in the program, while the Allegro of the Sonata in A Major that follows seems galant in its melodic figuration, and piquant with sharply articulated repeated notes in its Andantino.


If Giovanni’s sonata sounds somewhat less strongly characterized in its Adagio, its sprightly second movement, including flights into the violin’s upper registers, recalls similar ones in Pietro Nardini’s famous Sonata in D Major; Giovanni took greater advantage of the instrument’s technical capabilities than did his father. The Concerto in D Major may, as the notes suggest, resemble a concerto grosso, but its solo violin takes a strong lead in the concertino and even plays a none-too-brief cadenza at the end of the first movement. The final Allegro resembles in its Affekt the amiable finales of many two-movement galant sonatas.


Those interested in the development of violin playing in 18th-century Italy should find this program irresistible, but general listeners should also be captivated by both the music and the performances.


FANFARE: Robert Maxham
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata a quattro in F major by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
2. Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
3. Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
4. Sonata for violin & continuo in C minor by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
5. Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
6. Sonata for violin & continuo in A major by Gaetano Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
7. Sonata for violin & continuo in B minor by Giovanni Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
8. Violin Concerto in A major by Giovanni Meneghetti
Performer: Giovanni Guglielmo (Violin)
Conductor: Enrico Zanovello
Orchestra/Ensemble: Archicembalo Ensemble
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