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GEMINIANI, F.: Cello Sonatas, Op. 5 (Bronzi, Barchi)

Composer(s):Geminiani, Francesco
Artist(s) Bronzi, Enrico, cello • Barchi, Michele, harpsichord
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue CD2061
Label Concerto
Quality   320kbps
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A forgotten composer's brilliant sigh
Review By MH94354,April 2011

Geminiani was undoubtedly more famous as a violinist and instructor to the English than as a composer. But his lack of fame is undeserved. The Op. 5 Sonatas are a gem. They trade in the spontaneity and vivacity of his contemporaries for a measured, even melancholy tone that signals already the coming inwardness and romanticism of music.

Bronzi is an ideal interpreter of this music, both through his precise command of the instrument as by his somewhat serious and hardworking personality. (I have met him at the Mozarteum in Salzburg). The harpsichord takes second place in this recording, because its volume is slightly too low, and because of the composition itself: Geminiani was after all a violinist.

There are, in my mind, two sonatas which stand out: the C more....


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