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Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)

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Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)

Gabriela Montero - Baroque: Improvisations (2007)
Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Handel, Albinoni, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 144 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Covers included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # 50999 5 14837 2 2 | Time: 00:52:28

Gabriela’s extraordinary ability as an improviser, rare in the classical world, is fast becoming her trademark. The passion, poetic musicality and sense of structure Gabriela brings to classical works translate to her classy improvisations. And no matter how complex the variations, the original melody always emerges triumphantly from a musical tapestry that might weave blues, jazz, tango, Bach or Debussy into a multihued framework. Such a skill for improvisation – to blend a vast range of styles – makes Gabriela an extremely rare talent. In “Baroque” Gabriela takes some of the best known Baroque themes, including Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, Albinoni’s Adagio, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Boccherini’s Minuet and Handel’s Water Music, and brings to her classy improvisations the same passion, poetic musicality and sense of structure that she brings to classical works.

Ad Corda - Tomaso Albinoni: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 4 (2011)

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Ad Corda - Tomaso Albinoni: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 4 (2011)

Ad Corda - Tomaso Albinoni: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 4 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94189 | Time: 01:07:52

The Venetian late Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni had a long career in the theatre, and his prolific output included fifty-three operas. However, these stage works were lost and are now largely forgotten, and he is remembered chiefly for his concertos. The Sonate da Chiesa or ‘church’ sonatas, were four-movement concertos and fairly solemn in nature as they were written to be performed in church. However, Albinoni’s Sonate da Chiesa are less traditional, incorporating a range of dance forms, and displaying his elegant style and considerable melodic talents to great effect. The slow movements, such as the Adagio of Op.4 No.6 are particularly appealing. Albinoni’s lyrical ‘church sonatas’ are not what they seem though. Albinoni’s Sonate da Chiesa are performed on this recording by Baroque expert Luca Scandali (organ and harpsichord) and early music specialists Alessandro Ciccolini (violin), Alberto Guerrero (cello), Maurizio Piantelli (theorbo), Miguel Rincón (archlute) and Francesco Baroni (harpsichord).

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy (2012)
Albinoni, Bonporti, Vivaldi, Bononcini, Porpora, Sammartini, Locatelli, Gallo, Tartini

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 464 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-2015 | Time: 01:17:14

London Baroque offers another installment in its ongoing European Trio Sonata series, this time devoted to 18th-century Italy; as with the ensemble’s previous efforts the program features generally excellent performances of lesser-known repertoire. Ten years ago I reviewed a similar 18th-century Italian program by this same group titled “Stravaganze Napoletane”, also on BIS, and was generally impressed with the performances–except for one piece: Domenico Gallo’s Sonata No. 1 in G major.

I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone - Tomaso Albinoni's Adagios (1999)

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I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone - Tomaso Albinoni's Adagios (1999)

I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone - Tomaso Albinoni's Adagios (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-15681-2 | Time: 01:11:48

This compilation is a perfect work/study/contemplation CD, when you want to reduce the hum and din of modern life. It's wonderfully played, and has 23 tracks for a total of 72:45 minutes of melodic, serene music. The famous Adagio in G minor, so often heard in films, etc., is here given a lovely rendition. Played a little faster than most other versions, with the individual instruments (especially the harpsichord) being heard clearly. It's not as lush and smooth as some recordings, but crisper, and to my ears, absolutely delightful. It's hard to pick favorites among the other selections…each piece is a baroque beauty that flows well from one track to the next. I'm sure this CD will please most people who like 18th century music.

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371 | Time: 01:16:22

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Albinoni: The Collected Concertos for Oboes and Strings (2013) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

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Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage - Albinoni: The Collected Concertos for Oboes and Strings (2013) 3 CD Set [Re-Up]

Tomaso Albinoni - The Collected Concertos for Oboes and Strings (2013) 3 CD Set
Collegium Musicum 90; Simon Standage, conductor
Anthony Robson, oboe; Catherine Latham, oboe

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 463 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0792(3) | Time: 03:19:18

During the 1990s, Collegium Musicum 90 and Simon Standage released several volumes of Albinoni concertos, which proved popular with critics and public alike. The concertos were released as discs of single oboe concertos, double oboe concertos, and string concertos. In this re-issue on the Chaconne label, the concertos are presented in opus number order, showing the contrasting colours and tonalities of the concertos as they originally appeared.

Xavier de Maistre - Notte Veneziana: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Pescetti, Alvars, Godefroid (2012)

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Xavier de Maistre - Notte Veneziana: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Pescetti, Alvars, Godefroid (2012)

Notte Veneziana: Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Pescetti, Alvars, Godefroid (2012)
Xavier de Maistre, harp; L'arte del mondo; Werner Ehrhardt, concertmaster

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Classical, Baroque, Harp | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697937732 | Time: 01:01:51

Xavier de Maistre is generally fêted as the artist who has managed to liberate the harp from its reputation for wonderful but very soft sounds, and establish it as a solo instrument in the concert hall. On his album "Notte Veneziana", the internationally successful harp virtuoso plays well-known concertos by the Venetian composers Vivaldi, Marcello and Albinoni in new arrangements, combining them with original compositions for solo harp such as the sonata by Giovanni Pescetti, Godefroid’s stunning set of variations on the popular tune “Carnaval de Venise”, and “La Mandoline” by 19th-century composer Elias Parish Alvars. Xavier de Maistre's aim is to make the listener forget completely that most of the Baroque concertos heard here were not originally written for the harp, but for different melody instruments. He finds it fascinating to bring out new timbres in the arrangements, some of which he pens himself. Vivaldi's famous concerto "Winter", in particular, seems to him to be predestined for playing on the harp, and his interpretation does indeed present this often-heard work in a totally new guise.