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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22061
Recording details: May 1991
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1992
Total duration: 9 minutes 7 seconds

'Elizabeth Wallfisch's technical prowess makes all these sonatas sound easy—which they are not—and leaves room for innumerabe expressive nuances. Both this and a second collection of later sonatas are discs to treasure and enjoy through many a repeated listening' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Performances which compel us to listen, not merely to marvel at the virtuosity' (Gramophone)

'The Locatelli Trio rises brilliantly to the challenge … they convey great passion and warmth. Wallfisch is outstanding and the engineers have captured the balance perfectly' (Classic CD)

'Recommended? You bet! Get it now before the Tartini boom begins' (Fanfare, USA)

'This is without question one of the finest records of baroque music ever issued! … a revelation … enthralling and hugely important. A wonderful issue' (CDReview)

Violin Sonata in B flat major, BBb1
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Largo  [3'20]
Allegro  [2'04]
Affettuoso  [2'00]
Menuet  [1'43]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonata in B flat, bBb1, is an excellent example of Tartini’s later ‘graceful and expressive manner’, with a melodious opening Largo (in the composer’s favourite siciliana rhythm), and a remarkably simple succeeding Allegro. Throughout, the double and triple stops are used not to display the virtuosity of the player (which is taken for granted), but to sketch in enough harmonies to make the expressive violin line more or less self-sufficient. We are not far removed here from the solo violin studies of the late eighteenth century, or even from the more expressive caprices of Paganini.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1992

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