La Geniale: Sinfonias & Concertos

La Geniale: Sinfonias & Concertos

by Les Boréades de Montréal

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La Geniale: Sinfonias & Concertos

Both the cover, with its row of pears, and the booklet, which discusses the evolution of the Italian Baroque concerto and in general terms, give the impresssion that this is a generic collection of "sinfonias and concertos", to use the title wording. It's actually something a good deal more specific: all the pieces but two feature a recorder soloist with a fairly challenging part. The other two pieces are an oboe concerto by Albinoni and a violin concerto by Giuseppe Torelli, similar in tone to his familiar trumpet works. The "sinfonias" by Alessandro Scarlatti do not represent a distinct type; they come from a 1715 volume with the ambiguous title Sinfonie di concerto grosso. Two are essentially recorder concertos, while the "Sinfonia No. 4 in E minor" lies somewhere between a duo concerto for recorder and oboe and a concerto grosso with winds and strings in the small concertino group. As long as you know what you're getting into, buy with confidence; these are top-notch Baroque concerto performances from the vigorous historical-performance scene around Montreal, Quebec. Recorder player and ensemble leader Francis Colpron is a standout, with a sparkling tone and effortless speed, and the recorder-oboe duets in the opening five-movement "Sinfonia No. 4," especially in the slow movements, are lovely. Well worth the investment for those in search of an hour of Baroque music that's mostly for recorder. Notes are in French and English.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Atma Classique
UPC: 0722056260626
catalogNumber: 2606
Rank: 221468

Tracks

  1. Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 8/9
  2. Sinfonie di concerto grosso No. 12 for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in C minor
  3. Recorder (Flute) Concerto, for recorder or flute, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 441
  4. Sinfonie di concerto grosso No. 9 for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in G minor
  5. Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9/2, (T. 9/2)
  6. Sinfonie di concerto grosso No. 8 for flute, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in G major
  7. Sinfonie di concerto grosso No. 4 for flute, oboe (or violin), 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo in E minor

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