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Giuseppe Tartini

Hyperion 67345

Violin Concertos

  • Violin Concerto in B Flat Major, Op. 1 #12
  • Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 1 #1
  • Violin Concerto in C Major
  • Violin Concerto in F Major, Op. 1 #5
  • Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 #4
Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin
The Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer
Hyperion CDA67345 70m DDD
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This collection of violin concertos shows the prowess of Giuseppe Tartini, one of the finest late baroque Italian composers. He is chiefly famous for the legendary 'Devil's Trill' sonata, one of those great examples of virtuoso playing that was amply personified by Paganini.

Wallfisch and Kraemer have been partners on many baroque concerto recordings before and this is another desirable record. Each concerto is in three movements except Op. 1 #1 which is in four. The C Major concerto has been resurrected from a manuscript in the University of Berkeley in California and is obviously quite a rarity.

There is not much to say on the works in general as they are all quite similar and are pleasant listening all along. The recording is up to the usual Hyperion standards and is favorable to Wallfisch who plays each work with consummate ease and pleasure. Lovers of the baroque violin should not hesitate in acquiring this disc for their collections.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech