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The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century Italy

Composer Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Giovanni Bononcini
Francesco Antonio Bonporti
Domenico Gallo
Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Nicola Porpora
Giuseppe Sammartini
Giuseppe Tartini
Antonio Vivaldi
Performer London Baroque
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2015 CD
EAN 7318590020159
Format CD
Release date Feb 2013
Total time 77'14

”…a highly interesting selection of works, and a disc that can be thoroughly recommended.” Early Music Review

Just as the seventeenth century saw the rise of the trio sonata to its position as the most important chamber music form, so the eighteenth century saw its decline and eventual demise. The seventh and penultimate disc in London Baroque’s highly acclaimed survey of the genre through the two centuries lets us sample these later developments in Italy, the nation where the genre had evolved some 100 years earlier. We do so through works by composers who are well-known (Vivaldi), unknown (Bonporti), known for the wrong reasons (Albinoni never composed the famous – or infamous – Adagio) and ignored by mistake (the trio sonata that inspired Stravinsky to compose Pulcinella was by Domenico Gallo and not by Pergolesi, as was long believed). Among our Italians are Locatelli and Tartini, two of the great violinist-composers of the period, as well as a trio largely active in musical centres outside of Italy: Bononcini, Sammartini and Porpora, who taught the young Haydn in Vienna in the 1750’s. Together their compositions come to form a mosaic, where proud traditions from Corelli and earlier (as seen in Vivaldi’s Folia and Albinoni’s dance suite) are gradually superseded by rococo traits.
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  Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
  Balletto in G major, Op.3 No.3 5'20
01 Preludio 1'06
02 Allemanda 1'43
03 Corrente 1'53
04 Gavotta 0'38
  Francesco Antonio Bonporti
  Sonata in G minor, Op.6 No.7 4'54
05 Adagio 1'50
06 Allemanda 1'28
07 Giga 1'36
  Antonio Vivaldi
08 Folia, Op.1 No.12 9'13
  Giovanni Bononcini
  Sonata II from XII Sonatas for the Chamber 8'05
09 Largo – Andante 2'30
10 Lento 1'36
11 Allegro 1'37
12 Menuet I. Non presto – Menuet II. Presto 2'22
  Nicola Porpora
  Sonata, Op.2 No.III 10'53
13 Adagio sostenuto 2'11
14 Allegro 2'47
15 Adagio 2'19
16 Allegro 3'36
  Giuseppe Sammartini
  Sonata V from XII Sonate a due Violini, e Violoncello, e
Cembalo, se piace, Opera Terza
17 Andante sostenuto 1'52
18 Allegro 2'59
19 Sarabanda. Allegro ma non tanto e grazioso – Allegro – Sarabanda d.c. 4'36
  Pietro Antonio Locatelli
  Sonata in D major, Op.8 No.8 13'09
20 Largo andante 2'52
21 Vivace 4'08
22 Cantabile 2'55
23 [Alla Breve] – Adagio 1'49
24 Allegro molto 1'25
  Domenico Gallo
  Sonata No.1 in G major 5'46
25 Moderato 2'35
26 Andantino 1'47
27 Presto 1'24
  Giuseppe Tartini
  Suonata a tre in D minor 8'45
28 Allegro 2'55
29 Largo andante 3'55
30 Presto 1'55
  Album total 77'14
ComposerAlbinoni, Tomaso Giovanni
Bononcini, Giovanni
Bonporti, Francesco Antonio
Gallo, Domenico
Locatelli, Pietro Antonio
Porpora, Nicola
Sammartini, Giuseppe
Tartini, Giuseppe
Vivaldi, Antonio
Baroque ensembleLondon Baroque

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