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Sonata for cello and continuo in A minor

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Tartini’s colleague at the Basilica del Santo, Antonio Vandini was one of the finest cellists of the eighteenth century; his hunched posture and underhand bowing technique were captured for posterity by the Rococo artist and caricaturist Pier Leone Ghezzi. Before his move to Padua, we find Vandini at the Ospedale della Pietà where, as a colleague of Vivaldi, he taught the viol and cello to members of the figlie di coro during the 1710s. Whilst only one concerto and six sonatas (all for cello) survive by Vandini, it is apparent that he was a very fine player. The sonata in A minor is virtuosic, but in comparison with the sonatas of Tartini, Vandini shows a more Vivaldian outlook in his use of fast passagework and bariolage. (Bariolage is a technique which involves crossing three or four strings, generally using a consistent pattern throughout the passage; the technique is normally (but not exclusively) used in fast movements. Depending on the pattern chosen by the performer (or specified by the composer) its effects can range from sparkling brilliance to the melancholic. It was first used widely by Vivaldi who was one of its main champions.)

from notes by Adrian Chandler © 2021

Recordings

Settecento
SIGCD663Download only Available Friday 12 February 2021

Details

Movement 1: Largo
Track 10 on SIGCD663 [4'26] Download only Available Friday 12 February 2021
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 11 on SIGCD663 [2'13] Download only Available Friday 12 February 2021
Movement 3: Allegro assai
Track 12 on SIGCD663 [1'00] Download only Available Friday 12 February 2021

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