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Italian Violin Sonatas Import

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1. I. Overtura (Largo)-Allegro-Adagio
2. II. Aria (Affettuoso)
3. III. Paesana (Allegro)
4. IV. Minuet (Allegro)
5. V. Gia Del Postiglione (Allegro)
6. I. Adagio
7. II. Allegro
8. III. Andante
9. IV. Allegro
10. I. Grand Air (Vivace)
11. II. Les Vents (Allegro)
12. III. Festes Galantes [Sarabanda] (Largo)
13. IV. Badinage (Allegro)
14. V. Du Sommeil (Largo E Piano)
15. VI. L'amour En Courroux Au Desespoir (Allegro E Staccato)
16. VII. Calme Amoureux (Largo)
17. VII. La Noce Allemande [Allemanda]
18. IX. Suite De La Noce [Forlana] (Allegro)
19. X. Derniere Suite De La Noce (Allegro)
20. I. Andante
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
All roads lead back to Rome - and Corelli Nov. 26 2005
By Alan Lekan - Published on
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The liner notes give a colorful history of the five "minor composers" of the Italian violin virtuoso era featured on this CD - revealing a fascinating commonality (beyond the fact that all their names end in the letter "i"). And this was that they all seeem to have been guided, metaphorically at least, to Rome and Arcangelo Corelli. All studied his methods, modelled his style and payed homage to his legend in their compositions seen here on this sampler of a few not-so-famous Italian violin sonatas. Like Corelli, many of these composers wrote brilliant concerto grossi in the spirit of the master. But the less exaulted sonatas here are no less musically interesting - especially when played by one of the masters of the Italian Baroque, Fabio Biondi.

The lead Amazon reviewer above summarized this CD well, so no need to repeat much, other than to say that the collection of violin sonatas here are wonderfully played with the typical verve, artistry, expressivity and sensuous tone that has earned Biondi an enthusiastic following worldwide. If you like Biondi in Vivaldi, Bach or other his other Baroque music, this CD will surely not disappoint. It spotlights his lyrical talents in a more intimate way via the simpler violin sonata genre. The sound quality on Veritas/Virgin is pleasantly forward, most vivid and is very good overall (but not quite perfect). As with most of the Virgin recordings I have of the Europa Galante as compared to others, there seems to be a depth of "sound stage" somewhat lacking (to me at least), but really nothing to discourage aquiring and enjoying this CD or the others. Five stars for a most enthalling performance of these lesser-known works from Biondi and the Galante.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Italian Fiddler at His Best Feb. 25 2008
By Timothy D. Hinck - Published on
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I can't overstate the importance of these contemporary recordings of Italian music by Italian bands. It may be cliched to say that it takes an Italian to properly perform Italian music, but in this case it certainly seems to be the case. The sense of drama is so effective: the facility with which this group can drop from fortissimo to pianissimo, the timing of dramatic pauses, the variation in articulation, etc. There is a very advanced and improvisatory approach to ornamentation and vibrato (a much more liberal, but yet tasteful use of the latter than is found in the Northern-European recordings of this music). This is really the showcase album for Europa Galante's leader Fabio Biondi and his terrifying virtuosity and artistry. The only thing more terrifying than this intense and ferocious music is when it is placed in the hands of fiddler with such great music taste and control.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Want Some Fiery Fiddling? Nov. 4 2007
By Giordano Bruno - Published on
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"Felefeber" is a Scandinavian word for fiery fiddling, and that's what Fabio Biondi has to offer on this disk - virtuosic bow-work on his Baroque violin, with stunning use of double stops and the full tonal potential of gut strings. I know I've given out a lot of five-star reviews to Baroque ensembles lately, so I'll have to give this disk 6 or 7 to distinguish it. The big surprise for me is the Pysche suite by Michele Mascitti, a composer I'd never encountered before. It's fresh, eccentric, complex, and intellectually as well as sensually satisfying. The continuo of organ, cello, and theorbo is both brilliantly supportive of the fiddle-fire and at times independently expressive. The A minor sonata by Francesco Geminiani is also powerfully shaped and full of affect. If your sense of the Baroque violin repertory is centered on Vivaldi, you will be very delightfully surprised to hear how different the same musical language could sound when "spoken" by other Italian virtuosi.
This disk was released in 2003; my only complaint is that it's taken four years to reach me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Italian Violin Sonatas: Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante... March 8 2012
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on
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I can add no more to the already positive (actually, glowing) praises for this work. I heard one of the Psyche recordings on XM Radio by Michele Mascitti and had to have it. This is a most excellent recording of Baroque-era compositions!

I can't help but recommend this to everyone!

I rate "Italian Violin Sonatas: Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante"...Five stars!