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Chiara Banchini - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate a violino e violone o cimbalo op.V (1989)

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Chiara Banchini - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate a violino e violone o cimbalo op.V (1989)

Chiara Banchini - Arcangelo Corelli: Sonate a violino e violone o cimbalo op.V (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 412 Mb | Total time: 67:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901307 | Recorded: 1989

In 1725 Roger North wrote that when the first sonata by Corelli washeard in London it swept away all other musical forms, whatever theywere. And it was precisely with these Sonatas, Opus 5 that the greatestItalian composer of the late 18th century imposed entirely newstandards of Baroque music on all of Europe.

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

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Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)

Andreas Scholl, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 238 Mb | Total time: 52:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901571 | Recorded: 1995

“Here's a very attractively prepared menu whose main course is the Stabatmater for countertenor and strings. Hors-d'oeuvres and side-dishes consist of a ripieno concerto (RV114), a chamber cantata for countertenor and strings (RV684), a string sonata in E flat (RV130) and an introductory motet to a lost Miserere (RV638). Taken together, the pieces demonstrate something of Vivaldi's diverse style as a composer. The chamber cantata, if closely related to the two sacred vocal items on the disc in respect of tonal colour, differs from them in character.

Gaetano Nasillo, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Concerti Napoletani per Violoncello (2005)

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Gaetano Nasillo, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Concerti Napoletani per Violoncello (2005)

Gaetano Nasillo, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Concerti Napoletani per Violoncello (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 70:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires ‎| ZZT 050302 | Recorded: 2004

When one speaks today of the history of the Italian solo concert, one thinks first of Bologna (Torelli, Corelli) and Venice (Albinoni, Vivaldi). It is sometimes overlooked that important impulses for the further development of the genre also emanated from Naples. In addition, cellists in particular owe a lot to the Neapolitans, which this CD aims to clarify. The best known are probably the six concertos by Leonardo Leo (1694-1744) with their light, sometimes gallant tone; of them the A major concerto is represented here along with four individual works by Nicola Fiorenza (died 1764), Nicola Porpora (1686–1768) and Nicola Sabatino (approx. 1705-1796).

René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

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René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)

René Jacobs, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | TT 53:30 | 3,42 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | | Sub: Latin, Francais, Deutsch, English | Recorded: 2004

Jacobs has found the means of marrying intense religious fervour with highly ”personalised” expression. (…) The instrumental ensemble provides a commentary of indescribable poetry. (…) The coupling is also exceptionally interesting, with the jubilation of Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn forming a superb contrast with the meditations of Membra Jesu nostri and offering an apotheosis in its concluding Alleluia.

Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)

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Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)

Chiara Banchini, Agnès Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 244 Mb | Total time: 59:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMC 7901378 | Recorded: 1991

Boccherini wrote two versions of his much admired Stabat mater. The original dates from 1781 and is for solo voice; then, 20 years later, he revised it, on a larger scale, using three voices, in order (he said) to avoid the monotony of the single voice and the fatigue to the singer, and also adding a symphony movement to it. This 1801 version was published during his lifetime and in several later editions and seems to have eclipsed the earlier one altogether (which survives only in the autograph manuscript). Yet on hearing this new recording of the original I feel that it conveys the message of the work much more potently than does the more elaborate later version.

Chiara Banchini, Patrizia Bovi - Tartini: Sonate a violino solo, Aria del Tasso (2008)

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Chiara Banchini, Patrizia Bovi - Tartini: Sonate a violino solo, Aria del Tasso (2008)

Chiara Banchini, Patrizia Bovi - Tartini: Sonate a violino solo, Aria del Tasso (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 388 Mb | Total time: 70:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT 080502 | Recorded: 2006-2007

Anyone can set out to perform and record a set of compositions by a given composer. But to truly take the time to bring listeners into the world of both composer and performer, and to engage the listener with as many senses as possible, makes for a truly exceptional recording. Such is the case with this album of Tartini's Sonatas for Solo Violin with violinist Chiara Banchini and soprano Patrizia Bovi. Tartini made a habit of writing excerpts from poetry in the margins of his scores – works that he presumably read before writing to gain inspiration.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Vivaldi: Concerti a Quattro Violini L'Estro Armonico (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 53:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | ZZT070902 | Recorded: 2006

This disc of Vivaldi concertos celebrates ten years of the French label Zig-Zag Territoires. The fulsome paean contained in the booklet, sometimes flowery in its prose, sometimes fanciful in its content – ‘Long may our CDs continue to stir this life force within you!’ etc. – may not win new friends, but the playing of Ensemble 415 certainly should. Director and founder of the group, Chiara Banchini has chosen the four Concertos for four violins from Vivaldi’s first and most varied printed sets, L’estro armonico (1711), as well as two further works that, along with the greater number of his concertos remained unpublished during Vivaldi’s lifetime, a Concerto in F major for three violins (RV 551) and in B flat for four (RV 553).

Chiara Banchini, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Bach: Sonates pour Clavecin Obligé et Violon BWV 1014-1019 (2012)

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Chiara Banchini, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Bach: Sonates pour Clavecin Obligé et Violon BWV 1014-1019 (2012)

Chiara Banchini, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher - Bach: Sonates pour Clavecin Obligé et Violon BWV 1014-1019 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 595 Mb | Total time: 40:53+55:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territories | # ZZT302 | Recorded: 2011

To mark her return to the recording studio after CDs of Tartini and Albinoni (both awarded a Diapason d’Or), Chiara Banchini joins forces with Jörg Andreas Bötticher to present her version of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonatas for obbligato harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019. This interpretation is notable, among other features, for the use of a German harpsichord with the disposition 16', 8', 8', 4', freely reconstructed by Matthias Kramer (Hamburg, 2006) after Christian Zell.

Chiara Banchini, Agnes Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater; Symphonies (2006)

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Chiara Banchini, Agnes Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater; Symphonies (2006)

Chiara Banchini, Agnes Mellon, Ensemble 415 - Boccherini: Stabat Mater; Symphonies (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 607 Mb | Total time: 124:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2901933.34 | Recorded: 1988, 1991

Supremely lovely and deeply beautiful, the performances on this two-disc set devoted to the music of Luigi Boccherini are compelling proof that the Italian-Spanish composer was more than a Rococo bantam weight. Beyond his well-known Minuet, Fandango, and "La Ritirada di Madrid" and his enormous number of cheerful cello concertos and sonatas written for the cello-playing Spanish king, Boccherini was also a composer of quartets, quintets, symphonies, and sacred works that rival those of his contemporary Haydn.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Giovanni Bononcini: La Nemica D'Amore Fatta Amante (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 68:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig Zag Territories | # ZZT 030801 | Recorded: 2002

Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) was a gifted cellist and a rival of Handel's; he wrote more than 30 operas and 300 cantatas. I approached this "serenata a tre" with trepidation, fearing something coy and intermezzo-like; in fact, it's simply beautiful. The not-riveting plot concerns soprano nymph Cloris' refusal of love for countertenor shepherd Tirsi, and her subsequent turnaround. Baritone Fileno, a satyr, loves her but convinces her that love is cruel because he is jealous of her love for Tirsi. In the end, Fileno vows vengeance and departs, and the lovers unite, praising fidelity and love. Bononcini manages to capture truly felt moments of love, anger, warmth, happiness, and heartbreak with minimal forces–just a few strings, all played stunningly (as usual) by Ensemble 415–and fine melodies.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 - Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 378 Mb | Total time: 69:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901581 | Recorded: 1995

Muffat was in more ways than one the product of many cultures. Born in Savoy to a family of Scottish descent, he was trained by Lully in Paris, was taken under the wing of Pasquini and Corelli in Rome, and yet always considered himself a German. The style of his music is equally eclectic, combining the dance-like nature of seventeenth-century French music with the gusto and fantasy of Italian music and the sombreness of the music of the North. The result is astounding. In this vigorous performance, Ensemble 415, one of the best of today's period-instrument groups, tries to recreate the sound of the seventeenth-century Roman chamber orchestra.

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Giuseppe Tartini: Concerti (1995)

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Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Giuseppe Tartini: Concerti (1995)

Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415, Enrico Gatti, Roel Dieltiens - Giuseppe Tartini: Concerti (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901548 | Recorded: 1994

Chiara Banchini plays a sweet-toned Amati from 1651, predating Tartini (1692-1770) himself. His mercurial style seems ideally attuned to the ebb and flow of the music: largos are wistful and sad, allegros darting and fanciful with the florid ornamentation tossed off like birdsong. The carefully inflected performances of Ensemble 415 make plain the "affetti" (state of emotions) that inform Tartini's work. The Italian violin virtuoso made frequent use of poetry to inspire his composing, sometimes even recording the affecting epigram in the score.