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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: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Sinfonia from the opera Il Diocletiano
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The short but eloquent sinfonia by Carlo Pallavacino reminds us that many early concerted instrumental works were originally introductions to vocal music; the sources that preserve them detached from their parent works represent the first stage of a process that was to establish the concerto and the symphony as genres in their own right. Il Diocletiano was the first of Pallavacino’s many Venetian operas, written shortly after a period spent working at the Dresden court as Heinrich Schütz’s assistant.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1988

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