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Concerto for violin and strings in B flat
None of Pergolesi’s instrumental music, much of it now known to be of doubtful authenticity, reaches the inspirational level of the Stabat Mater or La serva padrona. Yet the genuine products of his pen, among which we should probably count the Violin Concerto in B flat, are full of rococo airiness and the melodic allure for which Neapolitan music was celebrated. It is certainly one of Pergolesi’s most impressive instrumental works and may have been commissioned by Neapolitan nobility. Pergolesi was a virtuoso violinist whose brilliance as a performer has been confirmed by contemporary report; so we may imagine, perhaps, that he played this idiomatically written piece himself. While the two outer movements, with their contrasting dynamics and ‘galant’ gestures, hint at the newly emerging early symphonic style, the melancholy, lyrical, aria-like Siciliano in G minor is redolent of the theatre.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2001

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Details for CDA67230 track 3
Recording date
30 September 2000
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Mike Clements
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  1. The Neapolitans (CDA67230)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2006
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