Hyperion Records

Concerto for four violins and strings in D major
Leonardo Leo (1694-1744) lived and worked in Naples throughout his life. Naples was an important centre for musical training and, above all, for instruction in singing. Like his Neapolitan contemporaries Porpora, Vinci and Pergolesi, Leo was active chiefly in the sphere of opera and, to a lesser extent, sacred music – his setting of the Miserere was later to be admired both by Verdi and Wagner. But Leo also turned his hand to instrumental compositions among which are six concertos for cello, violins in two parts and basso continuo and the present Concerto in D major for four obbligato violins and continuo. The piece is introduced by a well-sustained ‘Maestoso’ whose mainly unison tuttis alternate with lyrical violin solos. A brisk, concise fugue (‘Allegro’) follows in which Leo’s colloquium of violins enters into an animated dialogue. The melancholy third movement (‘Larghetto’), which takes us into the key of G minor, contains an elegiacally expressive melody for solo violin, punctuated by sombre tutti interjections. The concerto concludes with a spirited and cheerful ‘Allegro’.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2001

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDA67230 track 8
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
Hyperion usage
  1. The Neapolitans (CDA67230)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Archive Service
   English   Français   Deutsch