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'Verso Venezia'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Verso Venezia'

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'Verso Venezia'

Castello Sonate concertate in stil moderno No 1; No 2; No 7; No 8 Legrenzi Sonatas, Op 2-'La Donata'; 'La Foscari'. Sonata, 'La Galini', Op 8 No 5. La cetra, Op 10-No 5 Merula II quarto libro delle canzoni da suonare-No 11, 'La Miradoro'; No 12, 'La Scarinza'; No 14, 'La Cappellina'; No 17, 'La Monteverde' Pallade Musica ATMA Classique [F] ACD2 2697 (65' * DDD)

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Seventeenth-century Venice witnessed spectacular musical developments, from the polychoral liturgical motets of Gabrieli to the establishment of Europe's first competing professional opera houses (Cavalli etc). Another aspect of north Italian musical culture during the seicento is the small-scale sonata for solo treble instrument and basso continuo accompaniment. Pallade Musica perform sonatas or canzonas by three different composers who had varying degrees of association with Venice.

Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-90) worked in his native Bergamo and Ferrara, and eventually got the top job at St Mark's. His sonata La Galini illustrates a compact idiom distinct from the florid divisions of the earlier pioneer Dario Castello, a cornettist and leader of the wind ensemble at St Mark's Basilica, whose two collections of sonatas were published in 1621 and 1629 respectively. …

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