On this recording of Sonatas for solo violin, Tartini makes a fine display of his inexhaustible melodic creativity, always shunning easy symmetries and predictable developments. This CD is the first of two recordings covering the Sonatas for solo violin in full. There are very few recording available of this fantastic repertoire.
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was an Italian baroque composer and violinist, born to an aristocratic Italian family in the town of Piran, Slovenia. He studied the violin assiduously and eventually became Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica di Sant'Antonio in Padua. He was apparently the first violinist to own a Stradivarius violin (made in 1715), which later became known as the `Lipinski Strad'. Up until hearing this CD, the only Tartini work that I was familiar with was the famous `Devil's Trill' sonata, a piece which gives some idea of his expertise and knowledge of the violin and it's technique. Almost all of Tartini's compositions are either violin concerti or sonatas.
Most of these solo violin sonatas were originally written with a continuo bass part; this was a requirement by publishers of the time. A manuscript of thirty-one sonatas discovered in the archive of the Veneranda Arca del Santo in Padua contains fifteen sonatas with the `required' bass, yet the rest do not have a continuo part. It was Tartini's wish that the performers themselves made a choice whether to use the optional continuo part or not. He also specified that the performer could alter the order of the movements and even swap movements form one sonata to another, stipulating that they had, however, to be in the same tonality. He also wrote poetry and operatic aria quotes in the margins of his manuscripts, indicating sources of inspiration.
Crtomir Siskovic, the violinist on this recording is, we are told, a specialist in Tartini. He has made such choices in the planning of his program, choosing to play the sonatas without a continuo part and choosing movements and their order to fulfill his artistic aims. I enjoyed his performances very much.Read more ›
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