Tartini: The Devil's Trill

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Half a century ago, Giuseppe Tartini might have been the only composer of the Italian Baroque most classical music listeners could name. That was thanks to the so-called "Devil's Trill," which appears as the final track on disc one of this two-disc set. Here one can experience the "trillo del Diavolo" in its proper place, as the final movement of a three-movement "Sonata in G minor for violin and continuo," and within a larger slice of his output: this pairing of two previously released discs also includes a published set of violin sonatas from around the time of the "Devil's Trill" around the early 1730s, and several later sonatas with a goodly degree of novelty on disc ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Half a century ago, Giuseppe Tartini might have been the only composer of the Italian Baroque most classical music listeners could name. That was thanks to the so-called "Devil's Trill," which appears as the final track on disc one of this two-disc set. Here one can experience the "trillo del Diavolo" in its proper place, as the final movement of a three-movement "Sonata in G minor for violin and continuo," and within a larger slice of his output: this pairing of two previously released discs also includes a published set of violin sonatas from around the time of the "Devil's Trill" around the early 1730s, and several later sonatas with a goodly degree of novelty on disc two. In a way, the rest of the music makes the "Devil's Trill" seem less remarkable. There's nothing elsewhere to match the double trills that gave rise to a legend that Tartini had six fingers on his left hand, but in the capable hands of violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, playing a period instrument, the level of ornamentation in much of the other music on disc one shows what a virtuoso Tartini was. Too, the music on the first disc is filled with tempo shifts and other dramatic surprises akin in spirit to the story of Tartini awakening to the Devil playing the violin at the foot of his bed. The set of sonatas on disc two conforms to the simpler structures of the by-then classic sonatas of Corelli but contains an intriguing programmatic piece of its own, the "Violin Sonata in A minor sopra lo stile che suono il Prette dallas Chitarra Portoghese" in the style of the Portuguese priest who plays the guitar. This piece, with its vigorous Iberian accents, gives you an idea of what Domenico Scarlatti might have written if he had composed for the violin, but elsewhere one can't help but feel that where Vivaldi remade the structures of his music in response to new societal winds, Tartini settled for elaborating old models. He is ultimately a decadent composer, but he is given the best possible treatment here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571120614
  • Catalog Number: 22061
  • Sales rank: 158,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g10 (Op. 1/10; "Didone abbandonata") - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (12:49)
  2. 2 Sonata for violin & continuo in C minor, B. c2 (Op. 1/8): Cantabile - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (6:15)
  3. 3 Violin Concerto in A major, D. 91 (Op. 1/8): Allegro assai - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (3:08)
  4. 4 Sonata for violin & continuo in C minor, B. c2 (Op. 1/8): Allegro - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (2:54)
  5. 7–9 Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, B. F9 (Op. 1/2) - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (8:08)
  6. 10–12 Pastorale for violin & continuo in A major, B. A16 (Op. 1/13) - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (9:09)
  7. 13–15 Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, B. F4 (Op. 1/12) - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (15:37)
  8. 16–18 Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, B. g5 ("The Devil's Trill") - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (15:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & continuo in D major, B. D19 - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (20:23)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, B. B1 - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (9:15)
  3. 9–12 Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, B. A4 - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (17:04)
  4. 13–15 Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, B. B12 (Op. 5/6) - Giuseppe Tartini & Cecile Kelly (20:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Wallfisch Primary Artist
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