Mancini: 12 Recorder Concertos

Mancini: 12 Recorder Concertos
Composer Francesco Mancini
Artist Corina Marti recorder
Capella Tiberina
Paolo Perrone concert master
Alexandra Nigito maestro al cembalo
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94324
EAN code 5028421943244
Release August 2012

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Here's a second release from Brilliant Classics of the Neapolitan musician Francesco Mancini (1672–1737), a leading light in his city's culture of composition and education as director of the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto, maestro of the Royal Chapel and composer of 29 operas and more than 200 cantatas. His modern reputation largely rests on his recorder sonatas (available on 94058); the new release extends our knowledge of that cheerful aesthetic to his recorder concertos, in similarly sprightly, periodinstrument
performances by young musicians with a background in this repertoire.

Corina Marti studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, famed nursery of talent in the performance of early music, and the concertos are led from the keyboard by another Swiss-based musician, Alexandra Nigito, who has already proved her expertise in this music with recordings of cantatas by Pasquini (on 94225).

The recorder concertos are more demanding to play than to listen to. One unusual stylistic trademark is the preponderance of fugue in the fast movements, but that does not imply a dryly academic style – like Mancini's sonatas, the concertos are full of memorable and deftly surprising melodies.

Other information:
- CD Premiere: the complete Recorder Concertos of Mancini, recorded in May 2011 in Rome.
Francesco Mancini was a prominent composer in Napoli during the first half of the 18th century and a perfect representative of the Neapolitan style: brilliant, witty, virtuosic and charming, aiming to give undiluted pleasure to the listener.
- Excellent period instrument performances, brimming with vigour, enthusiasm and enjoyment. This is the second Brilliant Classics release of Mancini, the earlier issue of the recorder sonatas (94058) received excellent reviews in the international press.
- Includes booklet notes in English and Italian.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto VIII in C Minor: Vivace
  2. Concerto VIII in C Minor: Largo e staccato
  3. Concerto VIII in C Minor: Fuga – Allegro
  4. Concerto VIII in C Minor: Largo
  5. Concerto VIII in C Minor: Allegro
  6. Concerto V in G: Allegro
  7. Concerto V in G: Largo
  8. Concerto V in G: Fuga – Allegro
  9. Concerto V in G: Larghetto
  10. Concerto V in G: Allegro
  11. Concerto XIX in E Minor: Allegrissimo
  12. Concerto XIX in E Minor: Larghetto
  13. Concerto XIX in E Minor: Fuga
  14. Concerto XIX in E Minor: Moderato
  15. Concerto XIX in E Minor: Allegro
  16. Concerto XX in C Minor: Comodo
  17. Concerto XX in C Minor: Fuga – Allegro
  18. Concerto XX in C Minor: Lento
  19. Concerto XX in C Minor: Comodo
  20. Concerto XVIII in F: Largo
  21. Concerto XVIII in F: Fuga
  22. Concerto XVIII in F: A tempo giusto
  23. Concerto XVIII in F: Allegro
  24. Concerto XIV in G Minor: Comodo
  25. Concerto XIV in G Minor: Fuga – Allegro
  26. Concerto XIV in G Minor: Larghetto
  27. Concerto XIV in G Minor: Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Concerto X in B-Flat: Larghetto
  2. Concerto X in B-Flat: Allegro
  3. Concerto X in B-Flat: Largo
  4. Concerto X in B-Flat: Allegro
  5. Concerto I in C Minor: Moderato
  6. Concerto I in C Minor: Grave
  7. Concerto I in C Minor: Moderato
  8. Concerto I in C Minor: Allegro
  9. Concerto XIII in G Minor: Largo
  10. Concerto XIII in G Minor: Fuga
  11. Concerto XIII in G Minor: Largo
  12. Concerto XIII in G Minor: Spiritoso
  13. Concerto XVI in F: Affettuoso
  14. Concerto XVI in F: Fuga
  15. Concerto XVI in F: Un poco andante
  16. Concerto XVI in F: Allegro
  17. Concerto VI in D Minor: Amoroso
  18. Concerto VI in D Minor: Allegro
  19. Concerto VI in D Minor: Largo
  20. Concerto VI in D Minor: Allegro
  21. Concerto XVII in A Minor: Allegro
  22. Concerto XVII in A Minor: Andante
  23. Concerto XVII in A Minor: Spiritoso
  24. Concerto XVII in A Minor: Largo
  25. Concerto XVII in A Minor: Allegro