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sonata a 4 in G minor 'La sampiera'
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As a contrast to the major-key and generally lively trumpet works, we have included some contemporary examples of four-part string sonatas. The sonata à quattro was less popular at the time than the ubiquitous trio sonata, and is rather neglected today, though it contains a wealth of fine music with a preponderance of introspective, minor-key works. It is also of interest in that the genre is the true ancestor of the Classical string quartet. The sonatas by Cazzati and Vitali are typical examples of Bolognese four-part sonatas: they are relatively brief, are full of dense counterpoint and have chromatic sections. Vitali was born in Bologna and studied with Cazzati, though he spent most of his career at the Modenese court.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67359 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-35906
Duration
3'36
Recording date
26 July 2002
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The fam'd Italian masters (CDA67359)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: March 2003
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