Tartiniís Violin: Sonatas for Violin and Continuo | Dynamic CDS7744

Tartiniís Violin: Sonatas for Violin and Continuo


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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: CDS7744

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 8th July 2016



Crtomir Siskovic (violin)
Luca Ferrini (harpsichord)


Tartini, Giuseppe

Violin Sonata in A major 'Pastorale'
Violin Sonata in B flat major 'Staggion bella'
Violin Sonata in G minor 'Devil's Trill'
Violin Sonatas (12) and a Pastorale, op.1
» Sonata no.10 in G minor 'Didone abbandonata'


Crtomir Siskovic (violin)
Luca Ferrini (harpsichord)


Of all the great 18th-century Italian composers of instrumental music, Giuseppe Tartini stands out for having focused his entire creative output on his favourite instrument, the violin. His works include an astounding set of 125 violin concertos and some 200 sonatas for violin and basso continuo. The sonatas reveal a more intimate side of Tartiniís artistry, in contrast to the more virtuosic concertos. Taken together, they present a complete picture of Tartiniís artistic personality. Rich in creative flair and splendid lyrical passages, the sonatas are technically no less difficult than the concertos, and contain frequent literary references for their interpretation.

Of all the items contained in the legacy now resting in his birthplace's museum, Tartini's own violin is the most historically significant. Attributed to Don NicolÚ Amati, violin-maker from Bologna, the signature ęp. NicolÚ Amati fece in BolognaĽ appears inside both the violin and the museum's inventory book. The instrument has been dated to the period between 1715 and 1725.

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