Christian Joseph Lidarti was born in Vienna in 1730, but his father was Italian. When still young, he started studying composition with his cousin, but in his youth, as with musicians of the time who travelled around Europe, he went to Italy with the precise aim of meeting the famous Niccoló Jommelli to study opera. Failing this appointment for 6 years, the young Lidarti abandoned all hope of making it to the stage and from 1757 onwards, he dedicated all his efforts to instrumental music.
He became famous as a virtuoso on a range of instruments prevalent at the time, the violin and cello being on the front rank. He wrote profusely and by the time of his death in 1795, his catalogue numbered into the hundreds with only some 200 of these works having come down to us with the works recorded here being première recordings.
D'Orazio's brilliant playing is only matched by his sensitive conducting, and in his hands, these rare pieces sound even more radiant than some more renowned contemporary compositions. Auser Musici lend sympathetic support throughout. Sound and notes are in the best Hyperion tradition.
Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech