Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas | Alpha ALPHA325

Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA325

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd September 2016

Gramophone Editor's Choice



After the success of the first fourteen reissues, which restored to the limelight some of the gems of the early music repertory in the catalogues of our labels, here are fourteen new titles to allow listeners to renew acquaintance with further treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque (and even a journey through time thanks to Raphaël Imbert’s album Bach | Coltrane), performed by some of the leading interpreters of the genre; most of these discs won one or more awards on their first release. As with the first series, the artists have been asked to contribute to the booklets, in which, with a few years’ hindsight, they talk about their conception of the works and how they went about recording them. The photographers of the Magnum agency illustrate the covers of the series with their work; this time the common design element is the colour yellow.

Vivaldi’s Op.14 Sonatas are part of the cello’s great repertoire and also some of the works from the last years of the ‘Red Priest’. Quite simply, and regardless of Igor Stravinsky’s curiously rash judgement regarding Vivaldi’s work, these sonatas are splendid, making this instrument sound as only a composer who is an experienced virtuoso instrumentalist himself – in this case, a violinist – can do.

Marco Ceccato is one of the members most often noticed of Amandine Beyer’s ensemble, Gli Ingogniti. Zig Zag Territoires wanted to devote this recording to him, convinced of his great talent and of the singularity of his sound imagination.

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