GIUSEPPE ANTONIO BRESCIANELLO Concerti, Sinfonie, Ouverture
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel David Plantier & Václav Luks
GCD 922506 Glossa SCB. 1 CD. Digipak
Total playing time 64:33 Recorded in the Katholische Kirche Seewen (Switzerland) in September 2002 Engineered and produced by Andreas Neubronner (Tritonus) Executive producers: Thomas Drescher (SCB), Carlos Céster (Glossa) Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essays: Thomas Drescher English Français Deutsch Español
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GIUSEPPE ANTONIO BRESCIANELLO (1690-1758)
Concerti, Sinfonie, Ouverture
Sinfonia in F major (fa majeur / F-Dur / fa mayor) for 2 violins, viola and basso continuo Allegro - Adagio - Presto
Concerto in G minor (sol mineur / g-Moll / sol menor) for violin, oboe, strings and basso continuo Allegro - Grave - Allegro
Concerto in E minor (mi mineur / e-Moll / mi menor) for violin, strings and basso continuo Allegro - Adagio: Piano e staccato - Allegro
Ouverture in G minor (sol mineur / g-Moll / sol menor) for 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola and basso continuo Ouverture. Fuga - Gavotte - Aria: Presto - Rondeau - Aria: Siciliana adagio - Aria - Rigaudon - Gigue
Sinfonia in D major (ré majeur / D-Dur / re mayor) for 2 violins, viola and basso continuo Allegro - Adagio - Presto
Concerto in Bb major (si bémol majeur / B-Dur / si bemol mayor) for violin, bassoon, strings and basso continuo Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Chaconne in A major (la majeur / A-Dur / la mayor) for 2 violins, 2 violas and basso continuo
About this CD
One part of Glossa’s new approach to recordings with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is to bring back selectively into the catalogue some of the recordings made under the auspices of the SCB in the past. Among the many notable recordings, a strong impression was made with the music of Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello as played by La Cetra Barockorchester Basel when it had David Plantier as its konzertmeister. This recording was made with Harmonia Mundi France in 2002.
Brescianello comes from the time of an illustrious generation of composers active in the first half of the 18th century, being born a few years later than figures such as Bach, Handel, Telemann and Rameau. Hailing from Italy he spent much of his active career as the kapellmeister at the southwestern German Württemberg courts of Dukes Eberhard Ludwig and Karl Eugen in Stuttgart. The Baroque Concertos and Sinfonias (and a Chaconne) performed by La Cetra demonstrate Brescianiello’s command of music from his own country (there are certain echoes of Vivaldi, for example) and also of the French orchestral language in the tradition of German composers of the time. Much of Brescianello’s biographical origins and of his compositions has been lost, which has forcibly hindered previously either a full evaluation of his musical merits or merely placing him in the context of other Baroque luminaries.
La Cetra’s recording, played with skill, musicality and spirit, sought – in the best traditions of the SCB – to do something about that unfortunate historical assessment and it is a pleasure to welcome this recording back into the catalogue.
It is not only discerning music lovers around the globe who are giving a warm welcome to the recordings which are being published on Glossa; critical approval in the specialist media has been joining in as well. One example of the latter is the newly-instigated International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) which, for its inaugural 2011 edition, has chosen no less than nine of Glossa’s recent releases in its initial nominations. [read more...]
There could be no neater way of expressing how the educational aims of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis can be realized today than the recent recording on Glossa of The Passions by William Hayes, with a member of the faculty in Anthony Rooley conducting choral and orchestral forces drawn from the Schola and with soloists who have been students there (or who also teach there like Evelyn Tubb). [read more...]
Central to the research into and the performance of early music since the beginnings of the renewed interest into music from previous centuries the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) remains an extraordinary powerhouse of talent ranging over music from the early Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Today its pupils are legion, as too are its teachers, amply fulfilling the aspirations of Paul Sacher when he founded the institution in Switzerland in 1933. In an agreement recently made between Glossa and the SCB fresh new life is being breathed into the desire to bring the fruits of all this musical activity to a much wider worldwide audience through recordings. [read more...]