1700 | Naive OP30568



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Label: Naive

Cat No: OP30568

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 25th May 2018



Following on from the noteworthy album ‘1600’, released in 2012, ‘1700’ is a vibrant homage to the Italian Baroque, in which Rinaldo Alessandrini has brought together the most outstanding Italian composers of the first half of the eighteenth century: Locatelli, Mascitti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Durante, Galuppi and Pugnani. All of these composers went into exile, serving prestigious foreign courts. They each evolved the ‘Italian style,’ based either on their own tastes or those of the country in which they had taken refuge. Each composer created his own share of wonders, to which Maestro Alessandrini’s intelligent and refined interpretation brings a passionate fresh perspective.

“Throughout the eighteenth century, and to a considerable extent, the fate of many Italian composers was to emigrate, and serve at courts and chapels far from home. Many of them broke away from the rules governing the legato style of their home country, developing a completely independent personality through the mingling of musical languages and the superimposition of tastes and fashions. Accordingly, in their works national styles lose their sharply-defined contours, as they undergo a process of personal and subtle assimilation of the most striking aspects of their host country’s musical culture.

“In particular, the Italians exported their taste for melodic cantabile, their elegance, and a certain kind of histrionic individualism inherited from the opera stage and the great instrumental virtuosi. The encounter with musical Europe often caused a realignment of those elements, though they remained one of the multiple components of the composers’ personalities.”


Playing these assorted concertos and sinfonie one-to-a-part (plenty of 18th-century precedent here), Alessandrini and his crack players marry elegance with unfailing rhythmic zest, always attentive to textural clarity and the shaping of bass lines. ... In an enterprisingly chosen repertoire, Concerto Italiano are here at their exhilarating, imaginative best.  Richard Wigmore
Gramophone June 2018

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