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Flute Concerto in G major

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Born near Ancona, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (born Jesi 1710, died Pozzuoli 1736) was sent to Naples at the age of fifteen to complete his musical studies. He achieved unexpected fame, probably as a result of two of his works, the intermezzo La Serva Padrona and his Stabat mater; at his early death contemporaries believed that they had lost a genius. He belongs to the school of composers like Jommelli, Traetta, Vinci, Piccinni and Paisiello, all of whom studied with the master Durante and whose simplistic works became immensely popular with the mid-eighteenth-century public. The Flute Concerto represents one of the few examples of Pergolesi’s instrumental compositions—if, indeed, Pergolesi wrote the work; musical scholarship is uncertain about its origin. Its style and structure are still very close to those of the operatic stage.

from notes by Hyperion Records Ltd © 1988

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (Jesi, près d’Ancona, 1710–Pozzuoli, 1736) fut envoyé à Naples, à l’âge de quinze ans, pour achever ses études musicales. Il atteignit à une renommée inattendue, probablement associée à deux de ses œuvres, l’intermezzo La Serva Padrona et le Stabat mater; à sa mort prématurée, ses contemporains pensèrent avoir perdu un génie. Pergolesi appartient à l’école des Jommelli, Traetta, Vinci, Piccinni et Paisiello, disciples du maître Durante dont les œuvres simplistes devinrent immensément populaires au milieu du XVIIIe siècle. Le Concerto pour flûte est l’une des rares compositions instrumentales de Pergolesi—si tant est qu’il en fût vraiment l’auteur, les musicologues doutant de l’origine de cette œuvre, stylistiquement et structurellement encore très proche de la scène opératique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Hyperion Records Ltd © 1988

Der aus der Nähe von Ancona stammende Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (geb. 1710 in Jesi, gest. 1736 in Pozzuoli) wurde mit fünfzehn Jahren nach Neapel geschickt, um seine musikalische Ausbildung zu vollenden. Er gelangte zu unerwartetem Ruhm, was höchstwahrscheinlich auf zwei seiner Werke zurückzuführen ist: das Intermezzo La Serva Padrona und sein Stabat mater. Nach seinem frühen Tod waren bestimmte Zeitgenossen überzeugt, ein Genie verloren zu haben. Er gehört zur gleichen Komponistenschule wie Jommelli, Traetta, Vinci, Picinni und Paisiello, die alle bei Francesco Durante studiert hatten und deren eher simple Werke beim Publikum des 18. Jahrhunderts ungeheuer populär waren. Das Flötenkonzert ist eines der wenigen Beispiele für eine Instrumentalkomposition Pergolesis—falls es überhaupt von Pergolesi stammt; die Musikwissenschaft ist sich über den Ursprung des Werks nach wie vor uneinig. Sein Stil und seine Form sind denen der Opernbühne noch sehr nahe.

aus dem Begleittext von Hyperion Records Ltd © 1988

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736): nato nella provincia di Ancona, all’età di quindici anni fu inviato a completare gli studi musicali a Napoli. Ottenne una fama inaspettata (alla sua morte precoce i contemporanei credettero che fosse mancato un genio) probabilmente per due lavori: l’intermezzo La Serva Padrona ed il suo Stabat mater. Pergolesi appartiene alla scuola di compositori come Jommelli, Traetta, Vinci, Piccinni e Paisiello, che studiarono tutti con il maestro Durante ed i cui lavori semplicistici divennero immensamente popolari presso il pubblico della metà del ’700. Questo concerto per flauto rappresenta nella produzione di Pergolesi uno dei pochi esempi di composizione strumentale: lo stile e la struttura sono ancora molto vicini a quelli del palcoscenico operistico.

Hyperion Records Ltd © 1988

Recordings

Concertos for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
CDH55005

Track-specific metadata for CDH55005 track 9

Spiritoso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-02509
Duration
3'55
Recording date
29 March 1988
Recording venue
Il Palazzo Gangi, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Concertos for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (CDH55005)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 1999
  2. Concertos for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (CDH88025)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 1989
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55005
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