Porpora, Monn, Haydn - Cello Concertos
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95570
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th November 2017
WorksCello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Cello Concerto in G minor
Cello Concerto in G major
ArtistsAdriano Maria Fazio (Baroque cello)
Soloists of Cappella Neapolitana
Fazio returns first to Porpora, with a G major Concerto which is not so well known as another A minor work in the same genre, but is no less shapely or melodically rewarding. Here already are complex technical challenges which far outstrip anything required of the cello in basso continuo mode, such as thumb position and intensive use of the higher register. Porpora it was who, having left his native Naples to settle in Vienna, took on the teenage Joseph Haydn as an assistant.
Under the elder composer’s guidance, Haydn’s musicianship was greatly refined, not only as a composer but a singer and instrumentalist. Thus the present recording presents a very rare opportunity to hear the extent of Haydn’s debt to Porpora. And just as Porpora must have had a formidable soloist in mind to write the G major Concerto, so Haydn, now employed at Esterhazy, could call upon the formidable talents of the court orchestra’s principal cellist, Joseph Weigl. The C major Concerto remains Haydn’s most splendidly virtuosic concerto for any instrument, written to fit the full capacity of a soloist like a kidleather glove, daring and yet effortlessly stylish.
In between Haydn and Porpora, Adriano Maria Fazio places the G minor Concerto of Georg Matthias Monn, which was revived in the middle of the 20th century by an unlikely but successful reorchestration for updated orchestral forces by Arnold Schoenberg. These days, however, Monn’s original stands on its own two feet, as a missing link between Porpora’s effervescent but formal Italian Baroque style and Haydn’s brand of Viennese Classicism.
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