Tessarini: 6 Violin Sonatas Op.14, 6 Trio Sonatas Op.9

Tessarini: 6 Violin Sonatas Op.14, 6 Trio Sonatas Op.9
Composer Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini
Artist Valerio Losito baroque violin
Paolo Perrone baroque violin
Carlo Calegari violone
Diego Leveric archlute
Federico Del Sordo harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95861
EAN code 5028421958613
Release November 2019

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About this release

Another chapter in the rediscovery of an 18th-century master by Brilliant Classics. While the music of this Rimini-born violinist, composer and publisher has been excerpted and recorded on several albums, Brilliant Classics is assembling a uniquely comprehensive overview of a figure much esteemed in his lifetime for music that sparkles like the Venetian lagoons, yet has been almost completely forgotten until recently.

In fact it was while working in Venice that Carlo Tessarini (1690-1766) discovered his music to have been published in unauthorised editions in London and Amsterdam, capitalising on his popularity and acclaim across Europe, and so began his own career as a publisher. His catalogue of work comprises 280 instrumental compositions, including 85 sonatas for violin and basso continuo. Largely made up of three movements, they are highly distinctive in idiom, full of the brilliance that was to become a feature of the nascent ‘galant’ style in Europe, but with a vein of typically Italian vitality.

The Op.14 sonatas are less virtuosic than Tessarini’s other compositions in the same genre, allowing for performance on the flute. Special care has been taken on the present recording to highlight the greater degree of imitation in the exchange between the solo instrument and the basso continuo as well as the well-constructed variety of the various movements. They are interspersed here with three Preludes or ‘partimenti’ by Fedele Fenaroli (1730-1818), a Neapolitan composer even less familiar to us now than Tessarini.

A previous volume of violin sonatas with the same performers (BC94787) won critical acclaim: ‘Considering the quality of his sonatas and the fact that they reflect the developments in the style of composing of the time this disc has to be warmly welcomed. Valerio Losito and Federico Del Sordo deliver very fine performances which convincingly bring out the characteristics and qualities of Tessarini's sonatas.’ (MusicWeb International)

Carlo Tessarini (1690-1767) received his musical tuition in Venice, probably with Vivaldi and Corelli (whose musical heir he clearly is). He became a famous virtuoso on the violin, travelling Europe like a modern day pop star. He died in Amsterdam, leaving a substantial oeuvre mainly written for his own instrument.
His sonatas are firmly rooted in the baroque tradition, but already pointing towards the “galante style” of the late 18th century, with an emphasis on belcanto melodies and clear and transparent structures.
This new recording contains the 6 Violin Sonatas Op. 14 and the 6 Trio Sonatas Op. 9, music written in a brilliant instrumental style, full of Italian vitality.
Excellent performances by Baroque specialists Valerio Losito and Paolo Perrone(violin), Federico Del Sordo (harpsichord), Carlo Calegari (cello).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 14: I. Spiritoso
  2. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 14: II. Largo
  3. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 14: III. Presto
  4. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Preludio After Fedele Fenaroli’s Partimento in F Major
  5. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 14: I. Andante
  6. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 14: II. Vivace
  7. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 14: III. Minuet
  8. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 3 in G Major, Op. 14: I. Presto
  9. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 3 in G Major, Op. 14: II. Andante grazioso
  10. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 3 in G Major, Op. 14: III. Presto
  11. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Preludio After Fedele Fenaroli’s Partimento in D Major
  12. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 14: I. Vivace
  13. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 14: II. Adagio
  14. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 14: III. Allegro
  15. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 14: I. Adagio
  16. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 14: II. Spiritoso
  17. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 14: III. Largo
  18. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 14: IV. Minuet
  19. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Preludio After Fedele Fenaroli’s Partimento in G Major
  20. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 6 in G Major, Op. 14: I. Allegro
  21. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 6 in G Major, Op. 14: II. Andante
  22. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Violin Sonata No. 6 in G Major, Op. 14: III. Presto

Disk 2

  1. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: I. Allegro
  2. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: II. Adagio
  3. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: III. Presto
  4. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 2, Op. 9: I. Vivace
  5. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 2, Op. 9: II. Largo
  6. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 2, Op. 9: III. Allegro
  7. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento II After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: I. Vivace
  8. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento II After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: II. Largo
  9. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento II After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: III. Canone, spiritoso
  10. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 3, Op. 9: I. Allegro
  11. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 3, Op. 9: II. Largo
  12. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 3, Op. 9: III. Allegro
  13. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 4, Op. 9: I. Vivace
  14. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 4, Op. 9: II. Adagio
  15. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 4, Op. 9: III. Presto
  16. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento IV After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: I. Allegro
  17. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento IV After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: II. Largo
  18. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Divertimento IV After il maestro, e discepolo, Op. 2: III. Canone, vivace
  19. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 5, Op. 9: I. Allegro
  20. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 5, Op. 9: II. Largo
  21. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 5, Op. 9: III. Allegro
  22. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 6, Op. 9: I. Adagio, presto, adagio
  23. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 6, Op. 9: II. Andante
  24. Carlo Tessarini Da Rimini: Sonata No. 6, Op. 9: III. Vivace