Auser Musici is a vocal and instrumental ensemble which, taking its name from an antique river in the plain of Pisa, brings together instrumentalists and singers with an international reputation for historical performance practice. The ensemble’s first release for Hyperion was highly praised and we are delighted to present their second disc.
The eighteenth-century Italian composer Christian Joseph Lidarti’s three violin concertos are all recorded here for the first time. These charming works constitute an important Italian bridge between the baroque violin literature and the music of the classical period. They are virtuoso works of great technical difficulty, clearly written for the finest players of the day. Lidarti’s String Quartet in G major is a delightful example of his chamber music: a work characterized by its antiquated style, with the two violins in constant dialogue accompanied by the viola and cello.