Zuccari: Cello Sonatas

Zuccari: Cello Sonatas
Composer Francesco Maria Zuccari
Artist Renato Criscuolo baroque cello & five-string cello
Musica Perduta ensemble
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94306
EAN code 5028421943060
Release January 2012

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About this release

A name that will be unfamiliar to many listeners, Francesco Maria Zuccari was born circa 1694 in Dosolo, Italy. The earliest trace of his work as a composer is from 1718, when he was working at the basilica of Assisi, becoming first organist there and later maestro di capella until 1727. He subsequently worked in senior posts in the cities of Rome and Padua, and died in 1788.

Zuccari was primarily a church composer, so the ten Cello Sonatas heard on this new recording are a more unusual part of his output and have only recently been confirmed as his works. The pieces are found in an anonymous 18th-century manuscript housed in the Sacro Conveno library in Assisi; after a day of research, MVSICA PERDVTA were able to attribute them to Zuccari.

In recording these sonatas, MVSICA PERDVTA have paid considerable attention to the performance practices of Zuccari’s era. Original period instruments, or accurate copies, were used, and the proper assembly and performance techniques of the instruments were observed, making this release a fascinating and authoritative exploration of rare but exciting repertoire.

Other information:
- Recording made in 2010
- Booklet notes written by musicologist
- Rare repertoire, only recently attributed to Zuccari
- The sonatas are very skilfully written for the cello, exploring the possibilities of the instruments to its limits, displaying at times an astonishing virtuosity
- The present recording uses a rich and colourful basso continuo of violone, theorbo, double bass and harpsichord/organ. The performance is based on the authentic music practice
- World premiere recording.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No.1 in D (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): I. Preludio: Andante
  2. Sonata No.1 in D (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): II. Allegro spiritoso
  3. Sonata No.1 in D (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): III. Adagio
  4. Sonata No.1 in D (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): IV. Allegro assai
  5. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat (basso continuo: theorbo, organ and G violone): I. Preludio: Andante
  6. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat (basso continuo: theorbo, organ and G violone): II. Moderato – Allegro
  7. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat (basso continuo: theorbo, organ and G violone): III. Presto
  8. Sonata No. 3 in G (basso continuo: theorbo and organ): I. Preludio: Andante
  9. Sonata No. 3 in G (basso continuo: theorbo and organ): II. Allegro
  10. Sonata No. 3 in G (basso continuo: theorbo and organ): III. Grave
  11. Sonata No. 3 in G (basso continuo: theorbo and organ): IV. Presto, e sciolto
  12. Sonata No. 4 in A Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): I. Preludio
  13. Sonata No. 4 in A Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): II. Allegro
  14. Sonata No. 4 in A Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): III. Cantabile
  15. Sonata No. 4 in A Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsichord and baroque double bass): IV. Allegro assai
  16. Sonata No. 6 in C (basso continuo: theorbo and G violone): I. Preludio: Andante
  17. Sonata No. 6 in C (basso continuo: theorbo and G violone): II. Allegro
  18. Sonata No. 6 in C (basso continuo: theorbo and G violone): III. Cantabile
  19. Sonata No. 6 in C (basso continuo: theorbo and G violone): IV. Allegro assai
  20. Sonata No. 8 in D Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsicord and baroque double bass): I. Preludio: Spiritoso e sciolto
  21. Sonata No. 8 in D Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsicord and baroque double bass): II. Non tanto allegro
  22. Sonata No. 8 in D Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsicord and baroque double bass): III. Adagiato
  23. Sonata No. 8 in D Minor (basso continuo: theorbo, harpsicord and baroque double bass): IV. Allegro assai