MILLE CONSIGLI 17th-century Italian violin sonatas
Ensemble AuroraEnrico Gatti
Enrico Gatti, violin Elena Bianchi, dulcian Gabriele Palomba, theorbo Fabio Ciofini, organ
Total playing time 78:54 Recorded in Collescipoli (Collegiata di S. Nicolò), Terni, Italy, on 24-26 October 2011 Engineered by Roberto Meo Produced by Sigrid Lee Executive producer: Carlos Céster Booklet essay: Daniele TorelliEnglish – Français – Deutsch
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MILLE CONSIGLI17th-century Italian violin sonatas
01 Giovanni Battista Fontana (1571 - 1630)Sonata seconda à violino solo02 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)diminutions by Francesco Rognoni (fl. early 17th century)Motetto “Pulchra es amica mea”03 Antonio Bertali (1605 - 1669)Chiacona a violino solo04 Alessandro Piccinini (1566 - 1638)Toccata decima05 Giovanni Battista Fontana (1571 - 1630)Sonata duodecima a due, fagotto e violino06 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)diminutions by Aurelio Virgiliano (part 1), Enrico Gatti (part 2)Madrigale “Vestiva i colli”07 Tarquinio Merula (1595 - 1665)Canzone “La Cappellina”08 Marco Uccellini (c. 1603 - 1680)Sonata op. V nº 11 à violino solo09 Giovanni Antonio Bertoli (fl. first half of 17th century)Sonata seconda10 Michelangelo Rossi (1601/02 - 1656)Toccata settima11 Giovanni Legrenzi (1626 - 1690)Sonata op. II nº 8 “La Foscari” a due, violino e faghotto12 Marco Uccellini (c. 1603 - 1680)Sonata op. VII nº 3 à violino solo13 Dario Castello (fl. first half of 17th century)Sonata ottava a due, sopran e fagotto
About this CD
There is always poetry as well as virtuosity coursing through Enrico Gatti’s violin playing, and nowhere more so than when he turns to Italian early Baroque music, as here in Mille consigli with his Ensemble Aurora: the album title reflecting the multiplicity of emotional ideas and colours possible in violin music from this time (Gatti’s earlier recordings of similar music have recently been re-released by Glossa as L’arte del violino in Italia).
Each of the other members of Ensemble Aurora – Elena Bianchi on dulcian, Gabriele Palomba on theorbo and Fabio Ciofini on the organ – also get their own opportunity to display their talents in a joyous and warm exploration of Sonatas, Toccatas and similar music written by composers such as Castello, Legrenzi, Merula, Fontana and Michelangelo Rossi in the first half of the 17th century.
Amongst Baroque stylistic practices beginning to emerge and flourish at the time, the basso continuo was gaining increasing importance. Linked strongly to the specific characteristics of the Italian organ (which, according to Daniele Torelli, the writer of Glossa’s booklet essay, were to remain essentially unchanged until the 19th century), the melodic and harmonic functions of the basso continuo were frequently called upon for instrumental music in churches. Fabio Ciofini provides an exemplary lesson here in accompanying on the restored 1647 Luca Neri organ in the church of San Nicolò in Collescipoli.