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TARTINI: Violin Concertos

Composer(s):Tartini, Giuseppe
Artist(s) Muller-Bruhl, Helmut, Conductor • Cologne Chamber OrchestraDaskalakis, Ariadne, violin
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570222
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The music of composer-violinist Giuseppe Tartini bridged the baroque and classical periods. His 135 violin concertos are filled with dramatic emotion, expressive nuances and harmonic subtleties. The fast dance-like outer movements demand considerable virtuosity while the inner slow movements are often in the form of an opera aria, graceful yet expressive, as can be heard in the second movement, “Lascia ch’io dica addio” (Let me say goodbye) of the Concerto in B minor, D.125.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The five Violin Concertos here are in Tartini’s characteristic three-movement form (fast-slow-fast); all but D.28 (which includes a pair of horns) have string accompaniments. Their appeal lies in their fresh simplicity, which the excellent soloist Ariadne Daskalakis and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra directed spirited by Helut Müller-Brühl capture to perfection, as they do the expressive appeal of the slow movements, notably that of the G major D.80, and the D major, D 28; but the B minor is greatful too, and its Larghetto is given a title, Lascia ch’iodica addio (‘Let me say goodbye’). The recording is first class and, for those who like modern-instrument performances, as do we, the disc is worth seeking


Review By Daniel Edwards,Stringendo,September 2008

The Cologne Chamber Orchestra continues its spree of acclaimed Naxos recordings with this selection of five from Tartini’s 135 violin concertos. …The fast outer movements require a wealth of acrobatic ornamentation. Daskalakis audibly thrives on this virtuosity and throughout the slow movements, which in her booklet notes she calls “…the finest gems in these works…”, her sparkling tone is mesmerizing. Indeed, the lyricism in the Grave from the E major concerto is so alluring that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been recorded before. Couple these factors with clear recorded balance between orchestra and soloist and vivacious cadenzas by Daskalakis and collaborator Simon Gottschick, and this is a worthy addition to any collection.

Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2007

Like his contemporary Telemann, Tartini's music bridges the baroque and early classical eras. But Tartini was first and foremost a violinist, and wrote over 100 concertos for his instrument. This disc samples five such works, characterized by robust, often dance-like outer movements, and slow middle ones of operatic beauty and emotion. Ms. Daskalakis plays securely with good tone, and is in good company with the Cologne group.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

Born in Italy in 1692, Giuseppe Tartini became the leading Italian violinist of his generation, holding major orchestral appointments in Padua and Prague. As a composer he was prolific, writing over 400 works, mostly in the field of string music, many with virtuoso parts for the violin and probably intended for his own use. In style it was to bridge the period between the most ornate Baroque and the following Classical era. Later in life he was to provide works for the church, reflecting his first thoughts of a monastic life. By then he had completed 135 violin concertos, the orchestral scoring concentrating on the upper instruments to add transparency and lightness to the sound. Of the five works on this disc, Naxos claim that two are receiving



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