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Sinfonia in F major
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Pergolesi’s Sinfonia in F major is scored for strings and continuo. Though not identified with any of his operas, the piece, in three movements, reflects the freshly emerging Italian sinfonia in which Alessandro Scarlatti played an important part in the earliest years of the eighteenth century. Its musical style is essentially early Classical, with light and airy textures, busy string figurations and graceful and engaging melodic ideas. In short, the style is closer to the early Classical symphony than to the richer textured, often more contrapuntally oriented Baroque opera overture. The opening movement, marked ‘Maestoso sostenuto’ is in F minor. Its initially serious character is lightened by passages of ornamented quavers in the two violin parts, bringing to mind Rameau. The centrally placed ‘Andante grazioso’ in F major is poised, dance-like and melodically beguiling, with a simplicity reflecting the taste of the time. The Sinfonia concludes with a brisk and busy Allegro whose spirited string writing generates a pleasing expressive tension.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2001

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Details for CDA67230 track 16
Andante grazioso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-23016
Duration
3'02
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 16
    Release date: November 2001
    Deletion date: May 2006
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