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Castello, Frescobaldi, Kapsberger - 17th-Century Music for Canto & Basso | Brilliant Classics 96343

Castello, Frescobaldi, Kapsberger - 17th-Century Music for Canto & Basso

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 96343

Barcode: 5028421963433

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th April 2023

Contents

Works

Castello, Dario

Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro II
» no.7
» no.8
Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro I
» no.7
» no.8

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Canzona ottava 'La Vincenti'
Canzoni da sonare a una, due, tre et quattro
» no.18 a 2, canto e basso 'La Masotti'
» no.19 a 2, canto e basso 'La Capriola'
» no.20 a 2, canto e basso 'La Lipparella'
» no.21 a 2, canto e basso 'La Tegrimuccia'
» no.22 a 2, canto e basso 'La Nicolina'
» no.23 a 2, canto e basso 'La Franciotta'
Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, Libro 2
» Toccata quinta sopra i pedali per l'organo e senza, F3.5

Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymous

Sinfonia no.3

Artists

Mvsica Perdvta

Works

Castello, Dario

Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro II
» no.7
» no.8
Sonate concertate in stil moderno, Libro I
» no.7
» no.8

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Canzona ottava 'La Vincenti'
Canzoni da sonare a una, due, tre et quattro
» no.18 a 2, canto e basso 'La Masotti'
» no.19 a 2, canto e basso 'La Capriola'
» no.20 a 2, canto e basso 'La Lipparella'
» no.21 a 2, canto e basso 'La Tegrimuccia'
» no.22 a 2, canto e basso 'La Nicolina'
» no.23 a 2, canto e basso 'La Franciotta'
Toccate d'intavolatura di cimbalo et organo, Libro 2
» Toccata quinta sopra i pedali per l'organo e senza, F3.5

Kapsberger, Johannes Hieronymous

Sinfonia no.3

Artists

Mvsica Perdvta

About

The trio sonata was one of the baroque period’s most popular instrumental forms. While in its ‘classic’ form it features two higher-pitched instruments, a melodic bass instrument and basso continuo, there were several others, including a popular variant for one high-pitched instrument, one bass instrument and continuo chosen by a substantial number of composers in the 17th century and beyond and resulting in a significant number of compositions. In this setup, the writing for the melody instrument is more virtuosic than in a ‘conventional’ trio sonata, and it performs more of a solo role, unlike in the trio sonata, where it is more of a first among equals. At the same time, the bass instrument is used idiomatically instead of being relegated to a mere basso continuo. This contributed greatly to bolstering its role as a solo instrument, and it was given ever greater prominence as the second half of the 17th century progressed.

From the numerous Italian composers who wrote for this genre, for this album Mvsica Perdvta have selected the two who had the greatest influence on the establishment and development of chamber music: Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643) and Dario Castello (1602–31). The first edition of Frescobaldi’s Canzoni da sonare a uno, due, tre e quattro, published in Rome in 1628 (and later republished in a slightly different version in Venice in 1634) sits chronologically between the two books of Castello’s Sonate concertate in stil moderno, published in Venice in 1621 and 1629 respectively. While Frescobaldi’s canzoni can be considered the culmination of a genre that was already in decline, Castello ushered in a form that, evolving through countless different variants, would for centuries remain the leading chamber music genre. Castello’s style is faithful to the promise of its title: it still sounds very ‘modern’ for its time, especially when – as in this album – it is paired with the oeuvre of Frescobaldi, the epitome of the instrumental canzona. Completing the CD is a short work by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (Venice, c.1580–Rome, 1651), the only sonata that the composer known as the ‘Tedesco della tiorba’, or ‘German of the theorbo’, wrote for this ensemble, taken from Il primo libro di Sinfonie a quattro con il basso continuo (Rome 1615).

The soloist on this recording is David Brutti, playing the cornetto, a hybrid instrument with the fingerholes of a woodwind and a brass-type mouthpiece. Renato Criscuolo plays the bass violin, and the organ and harpsichord are played by Nicola Lamon.

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