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Track(s) taken from CDA67359

Il barcheggio


Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet), The Parley of Instruments
Recording details: July 2002
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2003
Total duration: 6 minutes 1 seconds


'Beautifully lyrical trumpet-playing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Fascinating … Crispian Steele-Perkins and Alison Balsom play with an assured virtuosity' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It comes as no surprise to have a well researched, well presented and beautifully played issue from this team of artists and recording company. The trumpeters, representing the pioneering and the newest generations of players, are well matched and sparkling in their duets and share the solo works equally. It scarcely needs it, but this gets the warmest of recommendations' (Early Music Review)

'Soloists Crispian Steele-Perkins and Alison Balsam play with utmost delicacy and control' (Early Music Today)

'exemplary performances … The disc as a whole is not only extremely enjoyable in its own right, but is of value for illuminating a major development in the history of instrumental music' (Goldberg)

'Steele-Perkins and Balsom play throughout this recording as robustly and as sensitively as one could wish … Buy this disc' (Early Music)
Alessandro Stradella was an important early composer of trumpet music. Like Melani, he worked in Rome for much of his career, though by 1681, when he wrote the wedding cantata Il barcheggio, he was living in Genoa; he was murdered in a Genoese street the following February and Il barcheggio is said to have been his last work. Its self-contained sinfonia sounds remarkably modern, partly because it uses a bright scoring with three equal treble parts, and partly because it has a clear four-movement structure, with logical harmonic patterns.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2003

Alessandro Stradella est un compositeur majeur du répertoire ancien pour la trompette. Comme Melani, il passa la plus grande partie de sa carrière à Rome. Il barcheggio, une cantate de noces, vit le jour en 1681 alors qu’il vivait à Gênes. Il fut assassiné dans les rues génoises en février de l’année suivante si bien que cette serenata dont est tirée la Sinfonia, serait sa dernière composition. Cette Sinfonia possède une sonorité remarquablement moderne, d’une part parce qu’elle exploite une orchestration très brillante, avec trois parties aiguës d’égale importance, d’autre part parce qu’elle possède une structure claire en quatre mouvements dotée d’un schéma harmonique logique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Holman © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Auch Alessandro Stradella war ein bedeutender früher Komponist von Trompetenmusik. Wie Melani war er überwiegend in Rom tätig, doch als er 1681 die Hochzeitskantate Il barcheggio komponierte, war er in Genua ansässig; er wurde im Februar des folgenden Jahres in Genua auf offener Straße ermordet, und Il barcheggio soll sein letztes Werk gewesen sein. Die darin enthaltene abgeschlossene Sinfonie klingt erstaunlich modern, was zum Teil daran liegt, dass er eine helle Besetzung mit drei gleichwertigen Sopranstimmen gewählt hat, und zum Teil daran, dass das Stück eine klare viersätzige Struktur mit logischen Harmonieschemata hat.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Holman © 2003
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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