Albinoni: Trio Sonatas Op.1

Albinoni: Trio Sonatas Op.1
Composer Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Artist L'Arte dell'Arco
Federico Guglielmo violin
Glauco Bertagnin violin
Francesco Galligioni cello
Paolo Zuccheri violone
Ivano Zanenghi theorbo
Roberto Loreggian harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94789
EAN code 5028421947891
Release March 2016

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With their music director Federico Guglielmo, L’Arte dell’Arco have travelled through the highways and byways of the Baroque era on Brilliant Classics. They have chalked up recordings of his complete Op.1-12, now reissued together as a 20CD boxset (BC95200), but also taken in works by Haydn and C.P.E Bach, as well as lesser-known works by ‘The Red Priest’. Rhythmic vigour, smooth cantabile phrasing and an alert sense of the rapidly changing moods of the Italian Baroque: these are the hallmarks of their performing style.

For their latest album L’Arte dell’Arco turn to another noted musical son of La Serenissma, Tomaso Albinoni. The twelve trio sonatas published as Op.1 were published in Venice in 1694, when Albinoni was 23 years old, self-described as ‘an amateur Venetian violinist’. In the same year his first opera was staged, and the two works proved to be the springboard for a long and successful career, not lived in Vivaldi’s shadow but pursued across Italy and later around Europe.

The esteem in which his instrumental music was held, even at the time, may be gauged from the fact that no less than Johann Sebastian Bach borrowed certain themes from Op.1 as subjects for a number of his fugues (BWV 946, 950, 951, 951a), and made a realisation of the basso continuo part of the Second Concerto in Albinoni’s Op.2 set. The 12 sonatas of Op.1 all contain four, fairly brief movements, alternating slow and quick. They have been recorded but rarely and there are no other budget-priced new recordings available, making this set all the more attractive to any lovers of Baroque music.

The start of a new prestigious series on Brilliant Classics: the complete instrumental music by Albinoni!
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) spent most of his life in his native Venice, he was a famous opera composer, and was one of the few composers who were of independent means, not in the service of Court or Church. Nowadays Albinoni is foremost known for his instrumental works, trio sonatas and concertos, showing his great melodic gift, his inventiveness and high spirits. These Trio Sonatas Op. 1 are played by the Italian elite group L’Arte dell’Arco, led by violinist Federico Guglielmo, with an established reputation in this repertoire, having won several international prizes and rave reviews for their numerous CD’s, notably their Vivaldi cycle for Brilliant Classics.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata I in D Minor, TalM I,1: I. Grave
  2. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata I in D Minor, TalM I,1: II. Allegro
  3. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata I in D Minor, TalM I,1: III. Largo
  4. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata I in D Minor, TalM I,1: IV. Allegro
  5. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata II in F Major, TalM I, 2: I. Grave
  6. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata II in F Major, TalM I, 2: II. Allegro
  7. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata II in F Major, TalM I, 2: III. Largo, adagio
  8. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata II in F Major, TalM I, 2: IV. Vivace
  9. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata III in C Major, TalM I, 3: I. Grave
  10. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata III in C Major, TalM I, 3: II. Allegro
  11. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata III in C Major, TalM I, 3: III. Grave
  12. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata III in C Major, TalM I, 3: IV. Allegro
  13. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IV in G Minor, TalM I, 4: I. Grave
  14. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IV in G Minor, TalM I, 4: II. Allegro
  15. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IV in G Minor, TalM I, 4: III. Adagio
  16. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IV in G Minor, TalM I, 4: IV. Allegro e presto, adagio
  17. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata V in C Major, TalM I, 5: I. Grave
  18. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata V in C Major, TalM I, 5: II. Allegro
  19. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata V in C Major, TalM I, 5: III. Grave
  20. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata V in C Major, TalM I, 5: IV. Allegro
  21. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VI in A Minor TalM I,6: I. Grave
  22. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VI in A Minor TalM I,6: II. Allegro
  23. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VI in A Minor TalM I,6: III. Grave
  24. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VI in A Minor TalM I,6: IV. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VII in G Major, TalM I, 7: I. Grave
  2. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VII in G Major, TalM I, 7: II. Allegro
  3. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VII in G Major, TalM I, 7: III. Grave
  4. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VII in G Major, TalM I, 7: IV. Allegro
  5. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VIII in B Minor TalM I, 8: I. Grave
  6. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VIII in B Minor TalM I, 8: II. Allegro
  7. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VIII in B Minor TalM I, 8: III. Grave
  8. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata VIII in B Minor TalM I, 8: IV. Allegro
  9. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IX in D Major, TalM I, 9: I. Grave
  10. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IX in D Major, TalM I, 9: II. Allegro assai, adagio
  11. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IX in D Major, TalM I, 9: III. Grave
  12. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata IX in D Major, TalM I, 9: IV. Allegro
  13. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata X in F Minor, TalM I, 10: I. Grave
  14. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata X in F Minor, TalM I, 10: II. Allegro
  15. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata X in F Minor, TalM I, 10: III. Grave
  16. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata X in F Minor, TalM I, 10: IV. Allegro
  17. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XI in E Minor, Tal M I, 11: I. Grave
  18. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XI in E Minor, Tal M I, 11: II. Allegro, adagio
  19. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XI in E Minor, Tal M I, 11: III. Grave
  20. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XI in E Minor, Tal M I, 11: IV. Allegro
  21. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XII in B-Flat Major, Tal M I, 12: I. Grave, adagio
  22. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XII in B-Flat Major, Tal M I, 12: II. Allegro
  23. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XII in B-Flat Major, Tal M I, 12: III. Grave
  24. 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1, Sonata XII in B-Flat Major, Tal M I, 12: IV. Presto