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Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

born: 14 June 1671
died: 17 January 1751
country: Italy

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Born in Venice in 1671, Tomaso Albinoni was the eldest son of a wealthy paper merchant who owned several shops in Venice. It is not known who Albinoni’s teachers were—though Legrenzi’s name has been suggested—but we do know that Tomaso took both violin and singing lessons. With his inherited family wealth, Albinoni found no need to take a musical job in the church or at court: his independent means enabled him to remain a dilettante. His intentions were, however, quite clearly to devote himself to music, for on his father’s death he effectively relinquished managerial control of the family business, though he continued for a short while to receive a share of the profits. In 1721 the business was taken over, after a lawsuit, by an old creditor of his father, and Albinoni’s private income all but ceased.

Albinoni first came to prominence as a composer in 1694 in the opera house, where his melodic style proved highly popular. Over the next forty-seven years he wrote more than fifty operas, along with some thirty cantatas, around sixty sonatas and at least sixty concertos. Although some of Albinoni’s music has been criticized as lacking in harmonic finesse, he was undoubtedly a remarkable melodist and, perhaps due to his rather isolated lifestyle, a highly individual composer.

from notes by Robert King © 1990

Albums
'Albinoni & Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos' (CDH55349)
Albinoni & Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55349  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Albinoni: Sonate da chiesa & Trattenimenti armonici' (CDD22048)
Albinoni: Sonate da chiesa & Trattenimenti armonici
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'Favourite Baroque Classics' (CDH55020)
Favourite Baroque Classics
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'Five Italian Oboe Concertos' (CDH55034)
Five Italian Oboe Concertos
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55034  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Vivaldi & Albinoni: Oboe Concertos' (CDH55349)
Vivaldi & Albinoni: Oboe Concertos
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55349  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Complete works available for download
Concerto for trumpet, three oboes, bassoon and continuo in C major The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Concerto for two oboes in C major, Op 9 No 9 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Concerto for two oboes in G major, Op 9 No 6 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op 9 No 2 Paul Goodwin (oboe), The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op 9 No 2 Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Peterborough String Orchestra, Nicholas Daniel (conductor)
Sonata in A major, Op 6 No 11 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in A minor, Op 6 No 6 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in B flat major, Op 6 No 12 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in B flat major, Op 6 No 3 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in B minor, Op 4 No 6 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in C major, Op 6 No 1 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in C minor, Op 6 No 10 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 2 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 7 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D minor, Op 4 No 1 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D minor, Op 6 No 4 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in E minor, Op 4 No 2 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in E minor, Op 6 No 8 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in F major, Op 4 No 3 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in F major, Op 6 No 5 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in G major, Op 6 No 9 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 4 The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 5 The Locatelli Trio
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Concerto for trumpet, three oboes, bassoon and continuo in C major (Albinoni)
Concerto for two oboes in C major, Op 9 No 9 (Albinoni)
Concerto for two oboes in G major, Op 9 No 6 (Albinoni)
Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op 9 No 2 (Albinoni)
Sonata in A major, Op 6 No 11 (Albinoni)
Sonata in A minor, Op 6 No 6 (Albinoni)
Sonata in B flat major, Op 6 No 12 (Albinoni)
Sonata in B flat major, Op 6 No 3 (Albinoni)
Sonata in B minor, Op 4 No 6 (Albinoni)
Sonata in C major, Op 6 No 1 (Albinoni)
Sonata in C minor, Op 6 No 10 (Albinoni)
Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 2 (Albinoni)
Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 7 (Albinoni)
Sonata in D minor, Op 4 No 1 (Albinoni)
Sonata in D minor, Op 6 No 4 (Albinoni)
Sonata in E minor, Op 4 No 2 (Albinoni)
Sonata in E minor, Op 6 No 8 (Albinoni)
Sonata in F major, Op 4 No 3 (Albinoni)
Sonata in F major, Op 6 No 5 (Albinoni)
Sonata in G major, Op 6 No 9 (Albinoni)
Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 4 (Albinoni)
Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 5 (Albinoni)
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