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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: 2 minutes 39 seconds

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Sonata a 5, 2 Trombette, 2 Violini con Fagotto

Allegro  [1'17]
Allegro  [1'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This piece – possibly the earliest concerted sonata with strings – is by Vincenzo Albrici. It is undated, but another work by Albrici in the same collection is dated 1654 and he was director of a group of Italian musicians at the Swedish court (the provenance of the Uppsala collection) from 1652 to 1654, so it probably dates from around then. Albrici led a hectic life: he was a Roman (a pupil of Carissimi) whose travels took him to (among other places) Stockholm, Dresden, Rome, Stralsund, Neuburg, London, Paris, Leipzig and Prague. His vigorous sonata appears to be, in part at least, a battle piece.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1988

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