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Sonata for cello and continuo in A minor


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


Studio Master: SIGCD663Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Movement 1: Largo
Movement 2: Allegro
Movement 3: Allegro assai

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD663 track 10

Recording date
18 February 2020
Recording venue
Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Fox-Gál
Recording engineer
Simon Fox-Gál
Hyperion usage
  1. Settecento (SIGCD663)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: February 2021
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