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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22048
Recording details: January 1992
Gewölbekeller am Römerturn, Köln, Germany
Produced by Hansjörg Seiler
Engineered by Karl-Peter Wahle & Werner Walravens
Release date: October 1994
Total duration: 8 minutes 36 seconds

'Graceful in character … melodically appealing. An enjoyable and very worthwhile release, illuminating less familiar aspects of Albinoni's music' (Gramophone)

'The performances are of high quality, well paced, sensitive and fresh, and the recording is well balanced and vivid' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'These discs will be a revelation to those who honor Corelli … here is his compositional successor. Superb notes by Michael Talbot complement this sumptuous set of golden treasures. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Very attractive music, captivatingly played' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'En definitiva, una version absolutamente indispensable' (CD Compact, Spain)

Sonata in D minor, Op 4 No 1
1708; from 6 Sonate da chiesa, 'Op 4'

Adagio  [2'50]
Allegro  [2'32]
Largo  [1'14]
Allegro  [2'00]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Sonata 1 contains some quintessentially Albinonian musical ideas that were to appear in later works. Versions of the first, second and fourth movements appear in the opening sonata of a second ‘unofficial’ set of violin sonatas published in 1717, while the second movement prefigures its counterpart in Op 6 No 4. This sonata is typical of Albinoni in that the slow movements are in a through-composed form that eschews any kind of reprise of the opening, while the quick movements employ an almost perfectly symmetrical binary form.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1994

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