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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: 16 minutes 57 seconds

Violin Sonata in A major, BA4
sopra lo stile che suona il Prette dalla Chitarra Portoghese

Allegro  [7'23]
Andante  [3'34]
Allegro  [4'48]
Minuetto  [1'12]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonata ‘in the style of the priest who plays the Portuguese guitar’ (a colleague, perhaps, of Tartini at Padua) is taken up largely with virtuosic passage-work, though it is cast in the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern. The ‘Portuguese guitar’ can presumably be heard in the wild harmonic shifts and clashes of the first and third movements, reminiscent of Iberian folk music. In the slow movement the alternation of improvisatory arpeggios and simple chords is probably meant to represent the characteristic method of playing the Baroque guitar, which interspersed fingered passages with rasgueado (strummed) chords.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1992

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