Concerti Grossi & Cello Sonatas

Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti
Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
Solist: Mauro Valli
Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina
Genre: Baroque
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: no
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47758-8
Total Time: 63:58
Recording Date: Jun 00
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: Jun 11

Description

Founded in Ravenna, Italy, in 1983, the Accademia Bizantina is a group of talented musicians with diverse musical interests who came together to form a self-managed group where music could be made in an atmosphere of research and historical understanding.

Mauro Valli is solo cellist for the ensemble Accademia Bizantina, together with which he pursues intensive concert and recording activities. He plays a 1738 Louis Guersan cello.

Look forward to this release, which was presented in 2003 by ARTS in superior 24 bit / 96 kHz sound quality (ARTS 47616) and has received many great reviews since. In June 2011, this recording will now also be available as high-quality hybrid SACD in multichannel sound.

Classics Today.com: ''Lovely pastoral sequences are balanced with equally inspired, more upbeat movements, and listeners who treasure Corelli’s achievement certainly will enjoy Scarlatti's.'' (J. Greene)

klassik.com: ''Exciting and above all outstandingly precious interpretations (...) Give us more!'' (F. Bayer)

klassik-heute.de: 9 of 10 Points; ''The artists from the Accademia Bizantina offer a vivacious and subtile interpretation (...) One hour of untroubled music delight'' (D. Huchting)

Répertoire: 9 of 9 Points; ''Dantone is ideally vivid, sensible and full of contrasts (...) excellent homogeneity all over'' (S. Gregory)

La Citadella: CD of the Month

Le Scelte Compact: 5 Stars

Alte Musik Aktuell: CD of the Month 3/2002; ''One cannot have enough of the sound, noise, and timbres (…) Listening is fun because one feels that the musicians also had fun performing.'' (R. Strobl)

Goldberg: The Best of 2001; ''this recording is without a doubt an extraordinary 'discover' '' (D. Fabris)

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
1
I - Grave
from: Concerto No. 1 in f minor
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2
II - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 1 in f minor
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3
III - Largo
from: Concerto No. 1 in f minor
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4
IV - Allemanda (Allegro)
from: Concerto No. 1 in f minor
01.16 0,99 €
5
I - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 2 in c minor
02.39 0,99 €
6
II - Grave
from: Concerto No. 2 in c minor
02.43 0,99 €
7
III - Minuetto
from: Concerto No. 2 in c minor
01.29 0,99 €
8
I - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 3 in F Major
00.45 0,99 €
9
II - Largo
from: Concerto No. 3 in F Major
01.09 0,99 €
10
III - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 3 in F Major
02.01 0,99 €
11
IV - Largo
from: Concerto No. 3 in F Major
01.34 0,99 €
12
V - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 3 in F Major
02.30 0,99 €
13
I - Allegro ma non troppo
from: Concerto No. 4 in g minor
02.09 0,99 €
14
II - Grave
from: Concerto No. 4 in g minor
02.00 0,99 €
15
III - Vivace
from: Concerto No. 4 in g minor
02.15 0,99 €
16
I - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 5 in d minor
01.55 0,99 €
17
II - Grave
from: Concerto No. 5 in d minor
01.04 0,99 €
18
III - Giga: Allegro
from: Concerto No. 5 in d minor
00.52 0,99 €
19
IV - Minuetto
from: Concerto No. 5 in d minor
01.41 0,99 €
20
I - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 6 in E Major
01.11 0,99 €
21
II - Allegro
from: Concerto No. 6 in E Major
01.57 0,99 €
22
III - Largo
from: Concerto No. 6 in E Major
01.32 0,99 €
23
IV - Affettuoso
from: Concerto No. 6 in E Major
03.41 0,99 €
24
I - Largo
from: Cello Sonata No. 1 in d minor
02.52 0,99 €
25
II - Allegro
from: Cello Sonata No. 1 in d minor
01.58 0,99 €
26
III - Largo
from: Cello Sonata No. 1 in d minor
01.08 0,99 €
27
IV - A tempo giusto
from: Cello Sonata No. 1 in d minor
01.51 0,99 €
28
I - Largo
from: Cello Sonata No. 2 in c minor
01.46 0,99 €
29
II - Allegro
from: Cello Sonata No. 2 in c minor
01.41 0,99 €
30
III - Piano
from: Cello Sonata No. 2 in c minor
01.30 0,99 €
31
IV - Presto
from: Cello Sonata No. 2 in c minor
00.46 0,99 €
32
I - Largo
from: Cello Sonata No. 3 in C Major
02.44 0,99 €
33
II - Allegro
from: Cello Sonata No. 3 in C Major
01.29 0,99 €
34
III - Amoroso
from: Cello Sonata No. 3 in C Major
01.39 0,99 €
35
IV - Presto
from: Cello Sonata No. 3 in C Major
01.41 0,99 €

Reviews:

American Record Guide (23.03.2012)


This reissue [of ARTS 47616] is in SACD sound, giving it a new number. Comparing the sound on the two Arts discs, the SACD is slightly more emphatic in the upper partials than the earlier issue, but that sound was excellent, too. […] but I can vouch for the fine quality and clarity of both. If your interest is primarily in the cello sonatas, this is clearly a must since I know of no other recordings of them, and they are lovely, imaginative four-movement works. […] fine performances of great music. (D. Moore)

Audiophile Audition (07.12.2011)


Cellist Mauro Valli and his accompanists (Tiziano Bagnati, lute, and Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord) have made some executive decisions that impact positively on the performances. The members of Accademia Bizantina really get inside these pieces to provide a compelling musical experience. Again, superb engineering - the Arts Music label seems to specialize in applying SACD recording technique to the benefit of soloists and small ensembles: the Accademia Bizantina fills the listening room with beguiling musical sounds. Heartily recommended! (Lee Passarella)

Huffington Post (18.11.2011)


Startling chamber music played to the fullest of Scarlatti’s intentions: each bar is loaded with intensity, dynamic range and passion. The performers find delirious glee even in minor key movements, and in major keys, like Number 3, the delirium becomes indescribably delicious. Also, don’t forget, you heard it here first: Cello Sonata Number 3 belongs on every cellist’s repertoire. (Laurence Vittes)

pizzicato (01.10.2011)


5 Notes (Very good). Superb! For 11 years, these magnificent interpretations rested in some drawer and could not be admired by us. Because only admiration is possible with such musical seriousness, such lively music-making, which still gets by without decorative antics and conveys the comprehensiveness of Scarlatti's music. The recording is of very best quality, very straight forward and yet spatially, rich in detail but also homogeneous. The surround-sound experience is superb! (Rémy Franck)

Bacheca (25.09.2011)


A Classic! (Chiara Sirk)

Fono Forum (01.09.2011)


"Elegant classicism. [The re-release] impresses with a flawless elegance (...) With the three cello sonatas, the SACD offers a rarity which does not claim interpretive restraint due to Mauro Valli. He truly does justice to the affects. A pleasant firework of musical ideas is created that gains brilliance through different instrumentation. Music 4 Stars, Sound 4 1/2 Stars." (Reinmar Emans)

klassik.com (01.08.2011)


Interpretation: 4 Stars, Sound Quality: 4 Stars, Repertory Value: 3 Stars, Booklet: 3 Stars

Elegant and harmonic

[Ottavio] Dantone selects moderate tempos for his interpretation, avoids extremes and still finds to a clearly designed tableau. The sound is also harmonic: it is warm yet rich in detail, very vivid and precise, carried by an appealing spaciousness. (Dr. Mattias Lange, www.klassik.com)

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