Mandolino e Violino in Italia: Concertos, Trios, Sonatas | CPO 5550502

Mandolino e Violino in Italia: Concertos, Trios, Sonatas

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550502

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st June 2018

Contents

Artists

Anna Torge (mandolin)
Mayumi Hirasaki (violin)
Il cantino

Artists

Anna Torge (mandolin)
Mayumi Hirasaki (violin)
Il cantino

About

The Italian composers of the Baroque, led by Antonio Vivaldi, often honoured the small instruments of the lute family in their rich compositional oeuvres. At the time these instruments with a fourth-third tuning were known by various names, for example, as the leuto, leutino, mandola, or mandolla. Today the small lute is uniformly termed the ‘Baroque mandolin’ and more rarely the ‘soprano lute’. The number of composers who wrote attractive works for the mandolin documents the fact that it was then a much-played instrument that musical audiences liked to hear. Accordingly, this new recording brings together concertos, trios, and sonatas by Carlo Arrigoni, Johann Adolf Hasse, Ranieri Capponi, and – of course – Vivaldi. What is particularly surprising here is the so very homogeneous sound of the dialogue between the Baroque mandolin and the Baroque violin – since they are two very different instruments in the field of tonal production. The tonal beauty of both solo parts, with one duo partner supporting the other with accompanying broken chords, produces a captivating effect in the second movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto, RV548. Anna Torge is one of the leading virtuosos on the Baroque mandolin.

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