The first movement of Lelio Colista’s Sinfonia a 3
in A minor for two violins and continuo, W-K30, acts as a prelude to the Sinfonia proper. By this means the work begins with the concertino alone and the overwhelming effect of the first tutti is greatly enhanced (a procedure inspired by the familiar introductions to other works by Monteverdi and Muffat).
from notes by Alessandro de Marchi © 2008
English: Hugh Ward-Perkins