Magazine article Gramophone

'Hidden Treasures of Italy'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Hidden Treasures of Italy'

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'Hidden Treasures of Italy' Lidarti Violin Concerto in C AM Montanari Concerto grosso in A Nardini Violin Concerto, Op 1 No 2 Razetti Violin Concerto in F minor Sirmen Violin Concerto, Op 3 No 3 Arion Baroque Orchestra / Stefano Montanari vn early-music.com (F) EMCCD7776 (73' * DDD)

'Hidden Treasures of Italy' is what the Montreal-based Arion Baroque Orchestra have called this release; and indeed, when the most famous of five 18th-century composers on a disc is Pietro Nardini, you know this is going to be discovery time. Thankfully, all the violin concertos here, plucked from obscurity and led with wiry but assertive style by guest director Stefano Montanari, are worth getting to know.

Two come from the Baroque end of the century: Carlo Alessio Razetti is a clear Vivaldian, though only in the finale does his fiery concerto really come into focus, assisted by wintry echoes of The Four Seasons-, and Antonio Maria Montanari's concerto grosso shows the clear influence of his teacher Corelli while yet emerging with a likeable (and slightly more modern) character of its own.

The other three are more Classically inclined, heightened by touches of Neapolitan sensibility and warmed by horns, oboes and bassoon. …

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