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Sonata in B minor, Op 4 No 6
composer
1708; from 6 Sonate da chiesa, 'Op 4'

Recordings
'Albinoni: Sonate da chiesa & Trattenimenti armonici' (CDD22048)
Albinoni: Sonate da chiesa & Trattenimenti armonici
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Movement 1: Largo
Track 17 on CDD22048 CD1 [1'53] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 18 on CDD22048 CD1 [1'49] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Adagio
Track 19 on CDD22048 CD1 [1'42] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 4: Allegro
Track 20 on CDD22048 CD1 [0'57] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Sonata in B minor, Op 4 No 6
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Sonata 6, in B minor, is overall the strongest work in the set. Remarkably, its violin part shuns double-stopping altogether and descends no lower than E sharp above middle C, which has led to the suggestion that it was originally a work for alto recorder. Its second movement demonstrates Albinoni’s mastery of counterpoint, being a fugue in two parts very similar to the cavatas (aria-like settings of the closing lines of recitatives) found in his cantatas.

from notes by Michael Talbot © 1994

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