Locatelli: L'arte del Violino

Locatelli: L'arte del Violino
Composer Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Artist Mela Tenenbaum violin
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 92608
EAN code 5028421926087
Release April 2006

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About this release

Pietro Locatelli was a fellow countryman and contemporary of Vivaldi’s. He was also both a composer and a virtuoso violinist. During his lifetime and long afterwards his works found their way all over Europe.

Some of his compositions make exceptional demands on the solo violinist. There is testimony of Locatelli playing them himself. But looking at the sheet music one wonders how. Especially the capriccii which the composer inserted in all outer movements of his 12 concertos for solo violin and orchestra opus 3, L’arte del violino.

Such a capriccio - literally “whim” - is a more or less independent, inserted showpiece for the soloist. It needs an interpreter who is not only technically more than capable, but who is able to approach the piece still as music as well. If Locatelli could perform these capriccii they must be playable without alterations or simplifications.

Violinist Mela Tenenbaum - originally from the Ukraine, now resident in the U.S.A. - set herself this very task: She recorded these concertos with several ensembles in a most convincing way proving that there is more to L’arte del violino than meets the ear. This release contains all 12 concertos of Locatelli’s Opus 3.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto No. 1 in D Major: Andante
  2. Concerto No. 1 in D Major: Largo
  3. Concerto No. 1 in D Major: Andante
  4. Concerto No. 2 in C Minor: Andante
  5. Concerto No. 2 in C Minor: Largo
  6. Concerto No. 2 in C Minor: Andante
  7. Concerto No. 3 in F Major: Andante
  8. Concerto No. 3 in F Major: Largo
  9. Concerto No. 3 in F Major: Vivace

Disk 2

  1. Concerto No. 4 in E Major: Largo-andante
  2. Concerto No. 4 in E Major: Largo
  3. Concerto No. 4 in E Major: Andante
  4. Concerto No. 5 in C Major: Largo-andante
  5. Concerto No. 5 in C Major: Adagio
  6. Concerto No. 5 in C Major: Allegro
  7. Concerto No. 6 in G Minor: Largo-andante
  8. Concerto No. 6 in G Minor: Adagio
  9. Concerto No. 6 in G Minor: Vivace

Disk 3

  1. Concerto No. 7 in B-Flat Major: Andante
  2. Concerto No. 7 in B-Flat Major: Largo
  3. Concerto No. 7 in B-Flat Major: Allegro
  4. Concerto No. 8 in E Minor: Andante
  5. Concerto No. 8 in E Minor: Largo
  6. Concerto No. 8 in E Minor: Allegro
  7. Concerto No. 9 in G Major: Allegro
  8. Concerto No. 9 in G Major: Largo
  9. Concerto No. 9 in G Major: Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Concerto No. 10 in F Major: Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 10 in F Major: Largo-andante
  3. Concerto No. 10 in F Major: Andante
  4. Concerto No. 11 in D Major: Allegro
  5. Concerto No. 11 in D Major: Largo
  6. Concerto No. 11 in D Major: Andante
  7. Concerto No. 12 in D Major, “The Labyrinth”: Allegro
  8. Concerto No. 12 in D Major, “The Labyrinth”: Largo
  9. Concerto No. 12 in D Major, “The Labyrinth”: Allegro