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Paganini - Sonatas for Violin & Guitar

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923410

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 22nd June 2018

Contents

Works

Paganini, Nicolo

Centone di Sonate (18), op.64 MS112
» no.2 in D major
» no.6 in A major
» no.7 in F major
» no.12 in D major
» no.14 in G major
Sonata concertata in A major, op.61
Sonatas for violin and guitar (6), op.3 MS27
» no.4 in A minor

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Giangiacomo Pinardi (guitar)

Works

Paganini, Nicolo

Centone di Sonate (18), op.64 MS112
» no.2 in D major
» no.6 in A major
» no.7 in F major
» no.12 in D major
» no.14 in G major
Sonata concertata in A major, op.61
Sonatas for violin and guitar (6), op.3 MS27
» no.4 in A minor

Artists

Fabio Biondi (violin)
Giangiacomo Pinardi (guitar)

About

Fabio Biondi has chosen a selection of delightful virtuoso chamber music pieces by Niccolò Paganini to mark his tenth album for Glossa. Together with his long-term colleague from Europa Galante, the plucked-string specialist Giangiacomo Pinardi (here playing an original romantic guitar from c1825), Biondi delivers one of the most special Glossa albums of recent times. The works, composed between 1804 and c1828, are mainly two-movement sonatas contained in the Centone di sonate collection, although the album also includes the popular Sonata concertata in A major.

Recorded in Valencia by the engineer and producer Fabio Framba (another well-known component of Biondi’s recording setups), the booklet of this album includes a highly original essay signed by Pierre Élie Mamou, in which he looks into the Devil/God dichotomy as applied to the figure of Paganini by his own contemporaries. The graphic design for the CD takes its inspiration from this idea, for another typically Glossa look, listen and read experience.

Reviews

Given that this album has taken up permanent residence beside my stereo since it popped on to my doormat a month ago, there’s an extent to which all I need to say here is ‘Go buy it’, because even before the first three bars are out you’ll be happy that you did. ... Moving on to how it all sounds (beyond glorious), the first thing to say is that the instruments themselves feel absolutely spot-on, Biondi on a dulcet-toned gut-strung Neapolitan Gagliano violin and Pinardi on a perfectly matched c1825 Romantic guitar by Parisian makers Mauchant Frères. ... Add engineering that revels in the sonorous beauty of the 19th-century hall in Valencia’s Centre Cultural La Beneficència and the whole is an indisputable cracker.  Charlotte Gardner
Gramophone Awards 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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