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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55192
Recording details: March 1987
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Release date: October 1988
Total duration: 7 minutes 9 seconds

'A cornucopia of riches' (Fanfare, USA)

'Beautiful, newly-presented music. The achievement is quite breathtaking' (Hi-Fi News)

Sonata a otto Viole con una Tromba

Allegro  [1'08]
Aria  [2'36]
Canzona  [0'52]
Aria  [2'33]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Here is the magnificent sonata for trumpet and two string choirs by Alessandro Stradella. This survives in an undated manuscript, but its polychoral scoring is similar to a number of his Roman works, so it was most likely written before he left his native city for good in 1675. An early date is also suggested by the fact that the string groups are of equal size (unlike the later concerto grosso) and use the layout of violin, two violas and bass, not the more modern two violins, viola and bass; the actual music, however, is extraordinarily modern in its harmonic and melodic language. Stradella’s lurid life (he was murdered following an intrigue with a girl from a prominent Genoese family) has unjustly overshadowed the merits of his music.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1988

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