Valentini: Recorder Sonatas Op.5, La Villeggiature

Valentini: Recorder Sonatas Op.5, La Villeggiature
Composer Roberto Valentini
Artist Cappella Musicale Enrico Stuart
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 96050
EAN code 5028421960500
Release November 2021

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Roberto Valentini (1671–1747) was born in Leicester and most likely remained in England until his 21st birthday, when he emigrated to Italy, settling in Rome.
A multi-instrumentalist, Valentini began his career in the papal city as a violinist, cellist and oboist, but is best known as a composer for the recorder, an instrument at which he excelled as a performer.

After an initial and almost total adherence to the Corellian style, he gradually began to embrace the sonata collections being published in northern Europe and the stylistic features of a nascent galant style. His extant musical output consists solely of instrumental music, primarily dedicated to the recorder.

Vaentini was also active as a recorder pedagogue, and he capitalised on the popularity the instrument was enjoying in his day among amateur musicians. As an expatriate who maintained close contact with his homeland, he may have even imported and marketed English recorders in his adopted country. There were two great makers active in London at the time – Peter Bressan and Thomas Stanesby – so copies of their instruments were selected for use on this recording.

The 12 Recorder Sonatas Op.5 were published in London between 1715 and 1720, in a style perfectly idiomatic for the recorder and aimed at the vast public of amateurs, taking Italian sonatas for violin and bass, particularly Corelli’s Opus 5, as a model. The first three of Valentini’s sonatas exhibit the solemn “Sonata da Chiesa” style, with the later sonatas containing more graceful, dance-like movements typical of the French-derived “PieÌces de CaracteÌre”.

The 6 Sonatas for 2 Flutes “La Villeggiatura” appear among the five handwritten volumes of recorder music dating to the first half of the 18th century housed in the Sezione Musicale of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma. The sonatas possess traits indicating a likely publication date of 1730, and the collection was popular, thanks to Valentini’s skill at combining brilliant, pleasant writing with relative ease of performance in fast tempos – satisfying for both performers and audience – and delightful, expressive melody with many written-out suggestions for diminution of cadences in the slow sections.

Recorded in October of 2019 in Monte Compatri (Rome), Italy
Booklet contains notes on the composer and his music and a biography of the artists

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Roberto Valentini: Ciacconna for 2 Flutes
  2. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: I. Adagio
  3. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: II. Allegro
  4. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: III. Marcia
  5. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: IV. Adagio
  6. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: V. Minuet
  7. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 10: VI. Giga allegro
  8. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 1: I. Adagio
  9. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 1: II. Allegro
  10. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 1: III. Adagio
  11. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 1: IV. Allegro
  12. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 1: V. Allegro
  13. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 1: I. Allegro
  14. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 1: II. Adagio
  15. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 1: III. Vivace
  16. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 1: IV. Allegro
  17. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 6: I. Adagio
  18. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 6: II. Allegro
  19. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 6: III. Adagio
  20. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 6: IV. Allegro gavotte
  21. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 6: V. Allegro minuetto
  22. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 2: I. Adagio
  23. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 2: II. Allegro
  24. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 2: III. Adagio
  25. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 2: IV. Allegro
  26. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 2: I. Largo
  27. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 2: II. Allegro
  28. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 2: III. Amoroso. Adagio
  29. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 2: IV. Giga. Allegro
  30. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 2: V. Minuetto
  31. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 3: I. Adagio
  32. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 3: II. Allegro
  33. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 3: III. Largo
  34. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 3: IV. Allegro
  35. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 4: I. Adagio
  36. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 4: II. Allegro
  37. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 4: III. Adagio
  38. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 4: IV. Allegro
  39. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 4: V. Gavotta
  40. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 4: I. Adagio
  41. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 4: II. Allegro
  42. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 4: III. Adagio
  43. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 4: IV. Allegro
  44. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 4: V. Minuetto
  45. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 5: I. Adagio
  46. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 5: II. Allegro
  47. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 5: III. Adagio Siciliana
  48. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 5: IV. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 7: I. Adagio
  2. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 7: II. Allegro
  3. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 7: III. Adagio
  4. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 7: IV. Giga allegro
  5. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 7: V. Minuet
  6. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 11: I. Adagio
  7. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 11: II. Allegro
  8. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 11: III. Adagio
  9. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op .5, No. 11: IV. Giga allegro
  10. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 3: I. Allegro
  11. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 3: II. Adagio
  12. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 3: III. Giga. Allegro
  13. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 3: IV. Minuetto
  14. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 8: I. Adagio
  15. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 8: II. Allegro
  16. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 8: III. Adagio
  17. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 8: IV. Minuet
  18. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 5: I. Allegro
  19. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 5: II. Adagio
  20. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 5: III. Giga. Allegro
  21. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 5: IV. Gavotta. Allegro
  22. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 9: I. Adagio
  23. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 9: II. Allegro
  24. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 9: III. Adagio
  25. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 9: IV. Giga allegro
  26. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 6: I. Adagio
  27. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 6: II. Allegro
  28. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 6: III. Adagio
  29. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 6: IV. Giga. Allegro
  30. Roberto Valentini: La villeggiatura, Sonata No. 6: V. Minuetto. Allegro
  31. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 12: I. Adagio
  32. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 12: II. Allegro
  33. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 12: III. Sarabanda adagio
  34. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 12: IV. Aria allegro
  35. Roberto Valentini: Sonata Op. 5, No. 12: V. Minuett