BMC 11
ITALIAN BAROQUE

A varied selection of music by
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Nicola Porpora,
Bernardo Pasquini, Francesco Antonio Bonporti,
Alessandro Scarlatti, Arcangelo Corelli,
and Francesco Geminiani

1.Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751):
Concerto in C for Oboe & Strings op9/5

2. Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725):
Sonata in F for flute, 2 violins & continuo

Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710): Two pieces for harpsichord
3. Partite di Bergamasca in C
4. Toccata on the Cuckoo's Call in a-minor

5. Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749):
Concerto a Quattro in F op11/5

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725):
Two pieces for harpsichord
6. Toccata in G
7. Toccata in g-minor

8. Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713):
Concerto Grosso in D op 6/4

9. Nicola Porpora (1686-1767):
Sinfonia da Camera a 3 in D op 2/4 for 2 violins & continuo

10. Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762):
Concerto Grosso in D op7/1

The Modena Chamber Orchestra,
Leader Francesco Calvi
Harpsichord solo: Luciano Sgrizzi

Total time 78:27

Italy was where the baroque began – in Rome, Naples, Venice…. To Italy any and all composers and musicians of note would make their pilgrimage – noblemen and princes too. And from Italy manuscripts and scores spread across Europe, to Dresden, to northern Germany and Holland (many published in Amsterdam) and to England. Even France fell to Italian charms. Domenico Scarlatti (son of Alessandro on this disc) took Italy to Spain and Portugal.

On this disc we wanted to bring you a varied selection of Italy's baroque best, several composers known and unknown and differing in style, with tonal variety through a mix of orchestral, chamber and solo keyboard works, and most importantly of all, the very best performances, by musicians who play in the traditional style where love of and respect for the music takes precedence over attempts at what is known somewhat dubiously today as "authenticity". A varied program, good music, pleasing sound, dedicated performers.

A surprise for those who don't know it is the recitativo from Bonporti's concerto a quattro on this disc - a beautifully lyrical movement which deserves to match in popularity the great favorites of "Baroque Samplers". All in all an excellent survey of, or introduction to Italian baroque. And highly enjoyable listening!

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