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Sonata for recorder, two violins and continuo in C minor


The genre of the ‘chamber concerto’ (i.e. concerto without orchestra) was relatively popular in Italy, particularly in Naples where there survives a manuscript of 24 works for recorder by various composers including Barbella, Mancini, Mele, Sarro, Scarlatti (Alessandro) and the Englishman, Robert Valentine. The style of these works is old fashioned when compared to Vivaldi’s slick tripartite form; virtuosity is also less apparent with the other instruments of the ensemble given a more prominent role than in Vivaldi’s concertos. However, the quality of the music contained here is superlative, containing some astonishing harmony and counterpoint of the finest vintage.

from notes by Adrian Chandler © 2021


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