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Attilio Ariosti – The Stockholm Sonatas III

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1675
Release date2008-12-20
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

This disc concludes the expert – in more than one aspect – traversal by Thomas Georgi of the works for viola d‘amore by Attilio Ariosti (1666–1729). The 79 movements, falling into groups and forming 21 ‘sonatas‘, stem from two different sources – a ‘Collection of Lessons for the Viol d‘Amour‘ published in London in 1724, and a manuscript copy made by the Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman during his student years in London in the late 1710s. This manuscript, entitled ‘Recueil de Pièces‘, has been preserved in the Music Library of Sweden in Stockholm, which is the reason for Thomas Georgi choosing the title Stockholm Sonatas for his three discs. The two predecessors have been warmly received, for instance in American Record Guide: ‘Even if the playing were ordinary (and it is very far above that!), these recordings would merit praise and attention because they are a testament to the energy, perseverance, attention to detail, imagination, and solid musical sense that is required by any musician who wants to bring old music to life. Thomas Georgi‘s accomplishment is a triumph… In both discs the playing brims with grace, unity, assurance, and great beauty.‘ As before, Thomas Georgi contributes not only inspired performances, but also a highly readable and informative essay explaining his approach to this little-known music. The present programme also includes a final flourish: a guest appearance by Emma Kirkby in Pur alfin gentil viola, a cantata for solo voice and viola d‘amore. Here the humble and constant violet prevails over the proud and haughty rose. To Georgi, and possibly to Ariosti himself, the violet by association comes to represent the viola d‘amore, and all the greater is the joy as the cantata text proclaims it ‘Regina del Prato‘ – Queen of the Meadow!
 
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  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.15 in F minor 06:40
01 (Grave) 01:26 $ 0.30 USD
02 (Non presto) 01:12 $ 0.25 USD
03 (Adagio) 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
04 (Menuet) 00:59 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.16 in G major 05:22
05 Presto 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
06 Grave 01:39 $ 0.35 USD
07 (Allegro) 01:44 $ 0.36 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.17 in B flat major 09:05
08 (Adagio) 03:06 $ 0.65 USD
09 (Courente) 01:47 $ 0.37 USD
10 (Adagio) 03:11 $ 0.67 USD
11 (Tempo di Gavotta) 01:01 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.18 in D minor 07:20
12 (Adagio) 02:39 $ 0.56 USD
13 (Allegro) 00:57 $ 0.20 USD
14 (Adagio) 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
15 (Allegro) 01:18 $ 0.27 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.19 in A minor 05:28
16 Adagio in B flat minor, KV 540 01:12 $ 0.25 USD
17 Allegro 01:14 $ 0.26 USD
18 (Adagio) 01:47 $ 0.37 USD
19 (Rondeaux) 01:15 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.20 in G minor 06:39
20 (Grave) 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
21 (Allegro) 01:06 $ 0.23 USD
22 Sarabande 02:20 $ 0.49 USD
23 (Rondeaux) 01:14 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Sonata No.21 in A minor 09:22
24 (Tempo giusto) 01:18 $ 0.27 USD
25 (Andante) 01:11 $ 0.25 USD
26 Courente 02:13 $ 0.47 USD
27 (Adagio) 03:49 $ 0.80 USD
28 (Menuet) 00:51 $ 0.18 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Pur alfin gentil viola (Cantata à Voce Sola con la Viola d’Amore) 10:50
29 Aria: Pur alfin gentil viola… Largo ed appuntato 05:22 $ 1.13 USD
30 (Recitative): Non fu saggio il consiglio… 01:04 $ 0.22 USD
31 Aria: Beltà che col rigor… Allegro 04:24 $ 0.92 USD
 
  Album total 60:46
ComposerAriosti, Attilio
Viola d’amoreGeorgi, Thomas
Archlute/baroque guitarHarris, Lucas
CelloYamahiro Brinkmann, Mime
SopranoKirkby, Emma

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