Magazine article Gramophone

'Sonate E Canzoni'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Sonate E Canzoni'

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Anonymous Viel trawren in meinen hertzen Farina Canzon detta la Bolognesa. Canzon detta la Marina. Sonata detta la Desperata. Sonata detta la Farina. Sonata detta la Fiama. Sonata detta la Franzosina Frantz Fantasia Frantz

Melli II Ciarlino Capricio Chromatico Nau Fantasia Steffan Nau M Rossi Toccatas--IV; VII Leila Schayegh vn Jonathan Pesek vc/va da gamba Jorg Halubek hpd/org Daniele Caminiti archlute Pan Classics [C] PC10368 (65' * DDD)

I confess my eyes lit up at the sight of this release from Leila Schayegh, the Swiss violinist whose version of the Bach violin-and-harpsichord sonatas last year (Glossa, 3/15) shot straight into the play-off places among my favourite recordings of those wondrous works. How can one not look forward to hearing her bright warm tone, smooth technique and excellent good taste in the violin repertoire of early-17th-century Italy, with its appealing mix of lyrical sweetness and restless virtuosity?

Carlo Farina was among the first composers to write specifically for the violin, playing a major part as he did so in developing such techniques as double-stopping, tremolo and col legno. His most famous piece, the four-part Capriccio stravagante, makes use of these for programmatic purposes, but although they do not feature so strongly in the music presented here--the complete works for solo violin and continuo drawn from Farina's total of 128 assorted instrumental Pieces--there is no doubt that the sonatas, at least, are real violin music. …

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