Notes and Editorial Reviews
Most of Giovanni Benedetto Platti's (c. 1697-1763) compositions fit easily into the late Baroque era, but, in some harpsichord sonatas and concertos for harpsichord and strings, there are elements that are definitely characteristic of the Classical and, aesthetically, even the early Romantic periods. The so-called modernity of Platti's Sonatas for keyboard instruments lies in the completely new "cut" of his Sonatas, in the richness and imagination of his continual invention of motifs, in rhythms, which are never ordinary, and in the efforts to reach the final chord through ever-bolder modulations. Thus these Sonatas appear to be harbingers of the rebellious pre- Romantic mood of the so-called "Sturm und Drang". At the age of twenty Luca Guglielmi was invited by Jordi Savall to join his ensembles Hesperion XX (now XXI), La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, playing regularly in duos and trios with Rolf Lislevand. His many engagements have included playing with the Ensemble Zefiro of Alfredo Bernardini, the Ensemble La Fenice of Jean Tubery, the Ricercar Consort of Philippe Pierlot, and the Armonico Tributo Austria of Lorenz Duftschmid. He has more than 40 recordings, as soloist and in ensembles, for the most prestigious recording companies (Decca, Teldec, Accent, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Alia Vox, Stradivarius, cpo, naïve, Alpha, ORF, Mirare) all highly praised by specialized critics.