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Fabio Biondi: Italian Violin Sonatas

Pietro Locatelli , Michele Mascitti , Francesco Geminiani , Giuseppe Tartini , Francesco Maria Veracini , Fabio Biondi , Europa Galante Audio CD
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listen  1. Sonata prima in sol minore, Op.1 No.1 (1721): I Overtura (Largo)-Allegro-AdagioFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sonata prima in sol minore, Op.1 No.1 (1721): II Aria (Affetuoso)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sonata prima in sol minore, Op.1 No.1 (1721): III Paesana (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sonata prima in sol minore, Op.1 No.1 (1721): IV Minuet (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sonata prima in sol minore, Op.1 No.1 (1721): V Giga del Postiglione (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sonata in re minore per violino e basso, Op.6 No.12: I AdagioFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sonata in re minore per violino e basso, Op.6 No.12: II AllegroFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sonata in re minore per violino e basso, Op.6 No.12: III AndanteFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sonata in re minore per violino e basso, Op.6 No.12: IV AllegroFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: I Grand Air (Vivace)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: II Les vents (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: III Festes Galantes, sarabanda (Largo)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: IV Badinage (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: V Du sommeil (Largo e piano)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: VI L`amour en courroux au désespoir (Allegro e staccato)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: VII Calme amoureaux (Largo))Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Psyché [Violin Sonata] Op.5 No.12: VIII La Noce AllemandeFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: IX Suite de la noce [Forlana] (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Psyché [violin sonata] Op.5 No.12: X Derniére suite de la noce (Allegro)Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sonata in la minor Op. 4 No. 5: I AndanteFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Sonata in la minor Op. 4 No. 5: II PrestoFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Sonata in la minor Op. 4 No. 5: III Allegro affetuosoFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Sonata in sol minore Op. 2 No. 1: I LargoFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Sonata in sol minore Op. 2 No. 1: II AllegroFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Sonata in sol minore Op. 2 No. 1: III allegro assaiFabio Biondi/Europa Galante/Maurizio Naddeo/Sergio Ciomei/Giangiacomo Pinardi 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Fabio Biondi is one of the most important and influential figures of the Baroque period-instrument movement. Born in Palermo, he made his concerto debut with the RAI Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, and gave his first recital on a Baroque violin in Vienna’s Musikverein when he was sixteen. He went on to work with such distinguished groups as Musica Antiqua Wien, La Chapelle ... Read more in Amazon's Fabio Biondi Store

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  • Performer: Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
  • Composer: Pietro Locatelli, Michele Mascitti, Francesco Geminiani, Giuseppe Tartini, Francesco Maria Veracini
  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B00008XRSR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One tends to associate the virtuoso violin repertoire with the 19th century, but in their own way these five sonatas, written between 1714 and 1743, offer an equally dazzling display of speed, facility, bow control and tonal variety. No wonder: the composers were among the foremost violin virtuosos of their time, as well as tireless innovators of technique and style; several even wrote treatises on violin playing. The earliest, and least familiar, is Michele Mascitti, a Neapolitan who moved to Paris when he was 30. His "Psyché," the program's only piece in a major key, is a divertissement in ten short "tableaux" on the theme of Cupid and Psyche, with the violin and continuo as the two protagonists. Refined and elegant, varied in texture, expression and character, it ranges from tender love songs to slow and fast dances, including a wild Badinage. Veracini's Sonata Op. 1 No. 1, a dance suite with an unusually active cello part, opens with a slow Overture and ends with a Giga del Postiglione, in which the violin imitates a posthorn's call. The other three sonatas are basically dramatic and melancholy, highly ornamented, full of double stops, running passages and cadenzas. Locatelli's is distinguished by a very elaborate keyboard part and a lot of spiky syncopation in the finale. Geminiani makes the violin sound quite luscious, almost romantic; his rhythms and phrases are startlingly irregular. He shares the exploration of the high register with Tartini, whose Sonata displays his incomparable melodic gift and trademark obsession with trills. The performances are beyond praise. Biondi, one of the deservedly most renowned baroque violinists, plays with enormous brilliance, expressiveness, and endlessly varied articulation and nuance; there is a sense of spontaneous exhilaration in his inventive, improvisatory ornamentation: he seems to be playing with the music and the violin. His partners, some manning several instruments, match him in every way. --Edith Eisler

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5.0 out of 5 stars All roads lead back to Rome - and Corelli November 26, 2005
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Italian Fiddler at His Best February 25, 2008
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want Some Fiery Fiddling? November 4, 2007
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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.
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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!
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