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Italian Trio Sonatas 1

In their survey of the trio sonata, the four members of London Baroque have already visited France, England and Germany before arriving at the actual birthplace of the genre – Italy in the 17th century.
There the years around 1600 had seen ground-breaking developments in vocal music, such as the seconda prattica characterised by the clear division between a single melodic line and a supporting continuo bass. Now instrumental music was becoming important in its own right, and soon the violin was recognized as the ideal vehicle for a new style which is obvious already in the very first trio sonatas, such as Giovanni Paolo Cima’s Sonata a tre from 1610.
The term ‘trio sonata’ is a later expression, and in 17th-century Italy the terms commonly used were ‘Sonata a due’ (two melody instruments plus continuo), and ‘Sonata a tre’ (three melody instruments – usually two soprano and one bass – plus continuo). The form could also vary, from ‘free’ sonatas to sets of variations, chaconnes and passacaglias.
From this almost bewildering variety, London Baroque has selected 16 works which chart the development from the origins of the genre to its ‘coming of age’ with Arcangelo Corelli, in the 1680s. Already famous in his own lifetime, when he was one of the most influential composers in all of Europe, Corelli is an exception among the composers featured here: many of his colleagues are all but forgotten today, and little is known about their lives. There are also great gaps in our knowledge about the music itself – for instance regarding the instrumentation (what kind of cello would have been used?) and the use of ornaments. In such uncharted waters,
London Baroque provides much-needed and expert guidance, as testified to in a review of their recording of sonatas from 17th-century France on the German website Klassik Heute: ‘Everything that one might possibly wish for in a performance of this music is present here: charm, elegance, eloquence, force, flexibility, fire, intimacy, and most importantly: soul.’
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  Composer: Cima, Giovanni Paolo
01 Sonata a Tre 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
  Composer: Turini, Francesco
02 Sonata a Tre Secondo Tuono 05:57 $ 1.43 USD
  Composer: Buonamente, Giovanni Battista
03 Sonata 8 sopra La Romanesca 03:25 $ 0.82 USD
  Composer: Castello, Dario
04 Sonata Decima a 3, Due Soprani è Fagotto overo Viola 04:35 $ 1.10 USD
  Composer: Merula, Tarquinio
05 Chiaconna 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
  Composer: Uccellini, Marco
06 Sonata 26 sopra La Prosperina 03:16 $ 0.78 USD
  Composer: Falconieri, Andrea
07 Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos 03:17 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Cazzati, Maurizio
08 Ciaconna from Correnti e balletti… a 3. e 4., Opus 4
(Antwerp, 1651)
02:32 $ 0.61 USD
  Composer: Marini, Biagio
09 Sonata sopra fuggi dolente core 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
  Composer: Cavalli, Francesco
10 Canzon a 3 05:23 $ 1.29 USD
  Composer: Legrenzi, Giovanni
11 Sonata à 3. Due Violini, e Violone La Boiarda 04:10 $ 1.00 USD
  Composer: Pandolfi Mealli, Giovanni Antonio
12 Il Marcquetta 07:04 $ 1.70 USD
  Composer: Bononcini, Giovanni Maria
13 Sonata Quinta dell’ Ottavo Tuono un tuono più alto 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
  Composer: Vitali, Giovanni Battista
14 Ciaconna from Varie partite del passemezzo, ciaconna… a
tre, Opus 7 (Modena 1682)
02:44 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Pestolozza, Giacinto
15 Sonata 12 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
  Composer: Corelli, Arcangelo
16 Sonata, Op.1 No.12 06:16 $ 1.50 USD
  Album total 68:51
ComposerBononcini, Giovanni Maria
Buonamente, Giovanni Battista
Castello, Dario
Cavalli, Francesco
Cazzati, Maurizio
Cima, Giovanni Paolo
Corelli, Arcangelo
Falconieri, Andrea
Legrenzi, Giovanni
Marini, Biagio
Merula, Tarquinio
Pandolfi Mealli, Giovanni Antonio
Pestolozza, Giacinto
Turini, Francesco
Uccellini, Marco
Vitali, Giovanni Battista

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