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Track(s) taken from CDA67230
Recording details: September 2000
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: November 2001
Total duration: 10 minutes 38 seconds

'A collection of Italian delights … [Durante's] Concerto No 8, La Pazzia, sounds like Vivaldi gone bananas … The Raglan Baroque Players aren't the starriest of groups but on the evidence of this disc they ought to be' (The Times)

'A delightful aural dessert cart … will offer much pleasure, even on repeated hearings, and the legendary Hyperion sound is another plus' (Fanfare, USA)

Concerto No 2 in G minor
composer
1730s or 1740s

Largo affettuoso  [3'37]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Durante’s eight Concerti per quartetto probably date from the 1730s or 1740s but, though copied, they were never printed. In several of them Durante uses the four-movement sonata da chiesa pattern as a framework to underpin expansive and progressive ideas that extend beyond older conventional limitations. This is very much the case with the Concerto No 2 in G minor whose suave, graceful and serious opening ‘Affettuoso’, with some unexpected harmonic shifts, leads to an unconventionally constructed fugal ‘Presto’. This is thematically linked to the introductory movement and contains extended virtuoso passages for a solo violin. The third movement, ‘Largo affettuoso’ in the key of B flat, is in an expressively lighter vein, though not without a hint of melancholy, offering a contrast with the greater severity of the preceding movements.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2001

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