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Souvenirs d’Italie: Count Harrach’s Musical Diaries

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902253

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Maurice Steger (recorders)
Nadja Zwiener (violin)
Fiorenza de Donatis (violin)
Katharina Heutjer (violin)
Jonas Zschenderlein (violin, viola)
Mauro Valli (cello, cello piccolo)
Vanni Moretto (double bass)
Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord)
Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord, organ)
Gianluca Capuano (organ)
Margit Ubellacker (dulcimer)
Michele Pasotti (theorbo)
Daniele Caminiti (theorbo)
David Bergmuller (theorbo, guitar)
Shai Kribus (oboe)
Giulia Genini (bassoon)

Works

Caldara, Antonio

Ciaccona a 3

Colista, Lelio

Sinfonia a 3

Fiorenza, Nicola

Recorder Sonata in A minor

Hasse, Johann Adolph

Cantata per flauto

Montanari, Antonio

Concerto per flautino in B flat major

Piani, Giovanni Antonio

Sonatas (12), op.1
» no.4 in D major

Sammartini, Giuseppe

Concerto in F major for recorder, strings and b.c

Sarro, Domenico

Concerto per flauto e archi

Vinci, Leonardo

Elpidia
» 'Tortora che il suo bene'
» Overture

Artists

Maurice Steger (recorders)
Nadja Zwiener (violin)
Fiorenza de Donatis (violin)
Katharina Heutjer (violin)
Jonas Zschenderlein (violin, viola)
Mauro Valli (cello, cello piccolo)
Vanni Moretto (double bass)
Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord)
Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord, organ)
Gianluca Capuano (organ)
Margit Ubellacker (dulcimer)
Michele Pasotti (theorbo)
Daniele Caminiti (theorbo)
David Bergmuller (theorbo, guitar)
Shai Kribus (oboe)
Giulia Genini (bassoon)

About

“Naples is the capital of the musical world”, wrote Charles de Brosses in one of his letters from Italy from 1739/1740. He also wrote “Naples is the sole Italian city that seems truly a capital…” and this was not an exaggeration: it was the largest city in 17th-century Europe and possessed four conservatories. Musicians trained there spent most of their lives in the service of sovereigns and aristocrats in other major European courts, such as Paris and Vienna. During their lifetime, they were internationally regarded among the finest exponents of their art and their music adds an entirely new dimension to the history of Italian instrumental music.

That variety of tastes and colours is the hallmark of this recording from Maurice Steger, devoted to the staggeringly virtuosic music for recorder brought back from Italy by Count Harrach (the Austrian diplomat Aloys Thomas Raimund), who served as Hapsburg viceroy in Naples from 1728 to 1733. Hasse, Vinci, Sammartini, and the less familiar names of Montanari, Fiorenza, Leo and Sarro represent these souvenirs of a six-year gilded exile, which is preserved in his collection of precious manuscripts.

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