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Sonata for two violins and continuo in B minor


Much of Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello’s early life remains shrouded in mystery, but we think that he was born in Bologna and spent the early part of his career in Venice (as a valet to the exiled Electress of Bavaria) before moving to the court of Munich (when the Electress was reinstated) and thence to the Württemberg Court in Stuttgart. It seems likely that his formative Venetian years enabled him to fully absorb Vivaldi’s style, as his 12 concertos Opus 1 (c1727) clearly show the influence of Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico and La stravaganza. His travels north of the Alps later enabled him to fuse the Italian with the French and English styles (what Telemann referred to as ‘the mixed taste’) as shown brilliantly in his six orchestral suites and Chaconne as well as in this wonderful sonata (preserved in the hand of Pisendel). Throughout Brescianello’s surviving works, one encounters some truly original ideas and the trio sonata in question here certainly doesn’t disappoint: the repeats in the second movement are most unusual in that they are written out in full but with the two violin parts swapped around; it is most odd that the second violin is given the first bite of the cherry.

from notes by Adrian Chandler © 2021


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