Angel - Devil - Priest | Sony 88875115832

Angel - Devil - Priest


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875115832

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd October 2015



Chouchane Siranossian (violin)
Hofkapelle Munchen


Rudiger Lotter


Leclair, Jean-Marie

Scylla et Glaucus
» Airs des demons (3)
Violin Concertos (6), op.10
» no.6 in G minor

Locatelli, Pietro

Concerti grossi (6), op.7
» no.6 in E flat major 'Il pianto d'Arianna'
L'Arte del Violino: Violin concertos (12), op.3
» no.1 in D major

Vivaldi, Antonio

Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor, R514


Chouchane Siranossian (violin)
Hofkapelle Munchen


Rudiger Lotter


The fascinating album is devoted to a trio of 18th-century musicians who may be said without any exaggeration to have so exhausted the violin’s potential that their 19th-century spiritual successor, Nicolò Paganini, needed to do little more than consolidate that potential and refine the performer’s technique.

The musicians in question are Jean-Marie Leclair (the ANGEL), Pietro Locatelli (the DEVIL) and Antonio Vivaldi (the PRIEST).

Leclair's Violin Concerto in G minor op.10 no.6 selected for this CD is the composer's last concerto for the instrument and at the same time the most demanding that he wrote for the violin. Also included are Leclair’s three 'Airs des démons' from his only opera Scylla et Glaucus, in which the use of different metres in the third 'Airs des démons' is particularly interesting, for this is a trick that Leclair uses to suggest that the demons are deliberately disrupting the rhythm of the number.

No Italian violinist before Locatelli had produced such breath-taking effects on his instrument. Concerto no.7 no.6 ('Il pianto d’Arianna') that is included in this volume is an extraordinary piece from every point of view, starting with Locatelli’s use of the different keys, to say nothing of his treatment of the solo violin and even the concerto’s formal design.

Vivaldi was dubbed 'the Red Priest' by his contemporaries on account not only of the colour of his hair but also because of the fact that he was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-five. The Double Violin Concerto in D minor RV514 that is featured in the present recording is one of Vivaldi’s most beautiful and at the same time technically demanding compositions.

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