Albinoni: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 4

Albinoni: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 4
Composer Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Artist Ad Corda ensemble
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94189
EAN code 5028421941899
Release May 2011

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About this release

The Venetian late Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni had a long career in the theatre, and his prolific output included fifty-three operas. However, these stage works were lost and are now largely forgotten, and he is remembered chiefly for his concertos.

The Sonate da Chiesa or ‘church’ sonatas, were four-movement concertos and fairly solemn in nature as they were written to be performed in church. However, Albinoni’s Sonate da Chiesa are less traditional, incorporating a range of dance forms, and displaying his elegant style and considerable melodic talents to great effect. The slow movements, such as the Adagio of Op.4 No.6 are particularly appealing.

Albinoni’s lyrical ‘church sonatas’ are not what they seem though. There are two works by the composer which are assigned ‘Op.4’: the Cantate a voce sola, and the Sonate da Chiesa. The latter, or ‘second’ Op.4, were not originally put together by Albinoni himself but collected under that opus number, by the French publisher Éstienne Roger, who borrowed it from the Cantate a voce sola, which he didn’t intend to republish. The Sonate da Chiesa was widely circulated in Europe, and achieved far greater success than the Cantate a voce sola. However, the commercially-minded Roger had a growing number of customers, and needed to keep the flow of new publications going at low cost. This led him to put together unauthorised collections, including this set of Sonate da Chiesa. In fact it contained inauthentic material, possibly by other composers. The authorship of the third sonata in particular is debated by music scholars.

Albinoni’s Sonate da Chiesa are performed on this recording by Baroque expert Luca Scandali (organ and harpsichord) and early music specialists Alessandro Ciccolini (violin), Alberto Guerrero (cello), Maurizio Piantelli (theorbo), Miguel Rincón (archlute) and Francesco Baroni (harpsichord)

About the artist:
• This ensemble made some highly recommended recordings before that got the best reviews imaginable
• Luca Scandali is an appraised researcher of the baroque era
• Alessandro Ciccolini is one of the most promising violinists of his generation, he got 5start reviews for his world premiere recordings of the violin sonatas by Aldebrando Subissati

Also available:
• 92791 Albinoni: complete oboe concertos, 3CD
• 93809 Veracini, Violin Sonatas, 2CD
• 93976 Vitali, Sonatas opus 11 for violin and basso continuo, 1CD

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No. 4 in G Minor: I. Adagio
  2. Sonata No. 4 in G Minor: II. Allegro
  3. Sonata No. 4 in G Minor: III. Adagio
  4. Sonata No. 4 in G Minor: IV. Allegro
  5. Sonata No. 2 in E Minor: I. Adagio
  6. Sonata No. 2 in E Minor: II. Allegro
  7. Sonata No. 2 in E Minor: III. Largo
  8. Sonata No. 2 in E Minor: IV. Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 3 in F: I. Largo
  10. Sonata No. 3 in F: II. Allegro
  11. Sonata No. 3 in F: III. Adagio
  12. Sonata No. 3 in F: IV. Giga
  13. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor: I. Adagio
  14. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor: II. Allegro
  15. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor: III. Adagio
  16. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor: IV Presto
  17. Sonata No. 6 in B Minor: I. Largo
  18. Sonata No. 6 in B Minor: II. Allegro
  19. Sonata No. 6 in B Minor: III. Adagio
  20. Sonata No. 6 in B Minor: IV. Allegro
  21. Sonata No. 1 in D Minor: I. Adagio
  22. Sonata No. 1 in D Minor: II. Allegro
  23. Sonata No. 1 in D Minor: III. Largo
  24. Sonata No. 1 in D Minor: IV. Allegro