GIOVANNI BATTISTA SOMIS Violin Sonatas, op. 1
Kreeta-Maria Kentala, violin Lauri Pulakka, violoncello Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
Total playing time 73:46 Recorded in Berlin (Dorfkirche Rahnsdorf) in November 2013 Engineered and produced by Maria Suschke Executive producer: Carlos Céster Booklet texts: Lauri Pulakka & Mitzi MeyersonEnglish - Français - Deutsch
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GIOVANNI BATTISTA SOMIS (1686-1763) Violin Sonatas, Op. 1
Sonata no. 6 [D major] 1 Adagio 2 Allegro3 Allegro
Sonata no. 9 [G minor] 4 Adagio 5 Allegro 6 Allegro
Sonata no. 5 [B flat major] 7 Adagio 8 Allegro 9 Allegro
Sonata no. 7 [E flat major] 10 Adagio 11 Allegro 12 Presto
Sonata no. 10 [C major] 13 Adagio 14 Allegro 15 Allegro
Sonata no. 2 [E minor] 16 Adagio 17 Allegro 18 Allegro
Sonata no. 1 [G minor] 19 Adagio 20 Allegro 21 Allegro
Sonata no. 12 [E major] 22 Adagio 23 Allegro 24 Allegro
Sonata no. 8 [A major] 25 Adagio 26 Allegro 27 Allegro
Sonata no. 4 [D minor] 28 Adagio 29 Allegro 30 Allegro
Sonata no. 3 [A minor] 31 Adagio 32 Allegro 33 Allegro
Sonata no. 11 [F major] 34 Adagio 35 Allegro 36 Allegro
About this CD
Mitzi Meyerson likes to come up with surprising musical finds or rediscoveries and her latest, the Opera Prima of Giovanni Battista Somis, is as fascinating as her recordings devoted to Richard Jones and Gottlieb Muffat. Indeed, the harpsichordist chanced upon the score for this set of Baroque violin sonatas – first published in 1717 – when investigating the music of Richard Jones in the British Library, finding thereby another trove of forgotten Baroque gems.
Somis worked for the Dukes of Savoy, initially in Turin, in the early 18th century, but studied with Corelli in Rome, later befriended Vivaldi, and himself taught many subsequent prominent violinists, including Jean-Marie Leclair. Known as a virtuoso on the violin himself (and he is even said to have composed 152 violin concertos!), Somis even performed at the Concert Spirituel in Paris. This, his first collection of sonatas, was dedicated to the powerful Regent of Savoy, Marie-Jeanne-Baptiste de Savoie, the mother of the future duke, Vittorio Amedeo II. The music is often very galant and perfectly combines Italian and French features.
Together with violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala and cellist Lauri Pulakka, Meyerson fully enters into the Baroque spirit of transcribing and arranging on this Glossa recording by varying these 12 three-movement sonatas with all the stylistic experience and insight that the modern day musicians can offer.