Bassani: Sinfonie, Op. 5

Bassani: Sinfonie, Op. 5
Composer Giovanni Battista Bassani
Artist Ensemble StilModerno
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94259
EAN code 5028421942599
Release May 2012

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Giovanni Battista Bassani, born c.1650 in Padua, Italy, was one of the representative composers of Bolognese music; during his lifetime he stood alongside the likes of Torelli and Corelli, but the popularity of his music declined rapidly after his death. This new recording of his Sinfonie Op.5 is an opportunity for listeners to become acquainted with his music, which thoroughly deserves to be rediscovered.

Not only was Bassani one of the most celebrated musicians of his era, held in high esteem by Bach and Handel, his Sinfonie Op.5 proved extremely popular with audiences and performers: four reprints were made and a number of handwritten copies spread throughout the world. Somewhat confusingly, the work is actually a set of 12 sonatas for strings and basso continuo, possibly written with church use in mind. Stylistically, these sonatas demonstrate Bassani’s versatility and ability to draw together different styles and techniques; movements range from solemn toccatas to quick dances, and, in many cases, music of great contrast is created through building upon the same musical materials.

Displaying Bassani’s skill as a composer, violinist and organist, the sonatas that make up the Sinfonie Op.5 are some of the most accomplished and forward-looking works of the late 17th century, foreshadowing sonata form in their structures. This new recording is an exciting chance to discover Bassani’s previously overlooked music, played by Baroque-performance specialists Ensemble Stil Moderno.

Other information:
- New recording made in November 2011.
- Includes booklet notes, written by specialists in this field.
- Ensemble StilModerno adheres to the Historically Informed Performance Practice, and plays these original and skilfully written works with passion and virtuosity.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: I. Grave
  2. Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: II. Presto
  3. Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: III. Grave
  4. Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: IV. Presto
  5. Sonata No. 4 in D: I. Allegro
  6. Sonata No. 4 in D: II. Grave
  7. Sonata No. 4 in D: III. Allegro
  8. Sonata No. 4 in D: IV. Adagio, e forte
  9. Sonata No. 4 in D: III. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  10. Sonata No. 1 in A Minor: I. Allegro
  11. Sonata No. 1 in A Minor: II. Grave
  12. Sonata No. 1 in A Minor: III. Allegro
  13. Sonata No. 1 in A Minor: IV. Adagio – Prestissimo – Adagio, e forte – Prestissimo
  14. Sonata No. 3 in G: I. Allegro
  15. Sonata No. 3 in G: II. Grave
  16. Sonata No. 3 in G: III. Allegro
  17. Sonata No. 3 in G: IV. Largo
  18. Sonata No. 3 in G: V. Allegro
  19. Sonata No. 6 in F: I. Largo
  20. Sonata No. 6 in F: II. Allegro
  21. Sonata No. 6 in F: III. Grave – Adagio
  22. Sonata No. 6 in F: IV. Prestissimo
  23. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor: I. Allegro
  24. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor: II. Grave
  25. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor: III. Vivace
  26. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor: IV. Adagio
  27. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor: V. Presto

Disk 2

  1. Sonata No. 7 in A: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata No. 7 in A: II. Grave
  3. Sonata No. 7 in A: III. Allegro
  4. Sonata No. 7 in A: IV. Largo
  5. Sonata No. 7 in A: V. Allegro, allegro
  6. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: I. Grave
  7. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: II. Presto
  8. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: III. Grave
  9. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: IV. Allegro
  10. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: V. Grave
  11. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor: VI. Allegro
  12. Sonata No. 11 in D: I. Largo – Presto
  13. Sonata No. 11 in D: II. Grave
  14. Sonata No. 11 in D: III. Vivace
  15. Sonata No. 11 in D: IV. Adagio
  16. Sonata No. 11 in D: V. Presto
  17. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: I. Adagio
  18. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: II. Presto
  19. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: III. Largo
  20. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: IV. Prestissimo
  21. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: V. Grave
  22. Sonata No. 10 in C Minor: VI. Presto
  23. Sonata No. 9 in C: I. Presto
  24. Sonata No. 9 in C: II. Grave
  25. Sonata No. 9 in C: III. Allegro
  26. Sonata No. 9 in C: IV. Largo
  27. Sonata No. 9 in C: V. Presto
  28. Sonata No. 12 in A: I. Largo
  29. Sonata No. 12 in A: II. Allegro
  30. Sonata No. 12 in A: III. Adagio – Largo
  31. Sonata No. 12 in A: IV. Presto

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