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A Neapolitan Musical Party (c1775) by David Allan (1744-1796)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDA67685
Recording details: June 2007
Oratorio di S Domenico, Pisa, Italy
Produced by Sigrid Lee
Engineered by Roberto Meo
Release date: June 2008
Total duration: 14 minutes 0 seconds

'The enchantingly radiant quality of D'Orazio's playing and Lidarti's music … D'Orazio possesses just the right kind of lithe, flexible and elegant and pure sound this music cries out for, and he directs Auser Musici (familiar from an enchanting disc of Boccherini Flute Quintets) with flair, imagination and in the slow movements a moving sensitivity to line, dynamic and harmonic pacing' (International Record Review)

'The three violin concertos … would happily stand comparison with Haydn's works in the genre. Soloists Francesco D'Orazio gives fine accounts of Lidarti's technically demanding music and his cadenzas are nicely in the style of the period … all four works reveal a composer with a keen sense of dramatic melody … these are all world premiere recordings, and violinists looking for new repertoire should certainly hear it' (Early Music Today)

'Tunefulness, energy and general amiability … a true Classical period sensibility … the violin concertos are directed with verve and grace by the virtuoso soloist, Francesco D'Orazio … he is a lithe, elegant and characterful performer and his elaborate cadenzas are delightfully playful' (Goldberg)

'Christian Joseph Lidarti (1730–95) is another new name to learn and not forget again. Re-discovered for these premiere recordings by a Pisan vocal and instrumental ensemble, this is another composer to scotch the 'canon' which dominates concerts and recordings. Some 400 works of his can be found in the British Library and in a collection in Tuscany. These here are undated, but this eighteenth-century Italian composer bridges the baroque and classical periods. They are superbly realised by the consummate artistry and virtuosity of Francesco D'Orazio … an excellent first for Hyperion' (MusicalPointers.co.uk)

Violin Concerto in D minor 'No 2'
composer
Library of the Paganini Conservatoire, Genoa; MS T.C.3.3

Allegro  [6'55]
Adagio  [2'33]

The Violin Concerto in D minor begins with a substantial opening movement, Allegro; the addition of wind instruments gives the concerto a timbre that has the flavour of an opera seria. The solo violin’s entry, with its relentless virtuoso difficulties, returns us firmly to concerto territory, the bravura violin-writing being fit for contemporary virtuosos such as Tartini. This movement is based on a single theme, with variations. The Adagio in F major (without horns) is just 23 bars long, a gentle episode that introduces an elegant theme reminiscent of Johann Adolf Hasse. The third movement, Tempo di minuetto, is like a ballet in galant style, but full of chords that anticipate the later Sturm und Drang period. The violin-writing is superbly idiomatic, and sometimes seems to allude to the atmosphere of a Vivaldian concerto alla rustica.

from notes by Dinko Fabris © 2008

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