Sunday, February 27, 2011

Locatelli: L'Arte del Violino - Carmignola, TVO, Andrea Marcon

Pietro Locatelli
L'Arte del Violino, Concertos No. 1, 2, 10, 11
Giuliano Carmignola, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon
Sony SK 89729

Locatelli's set of 12 concertos for violin, L'Arte del Violino, were published in 1733, but might have largely written earlier. They demonstrate his mastery of violin technique as a player and as a composer, each concerto has two movements marked "capriccio", a cadenza which was meant to display his superb skill as a violinist and to terrorise other violinists for hundreds of years. So they are not "easy listening", but its worth the effort, and this is a superb interpretation by Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Other CDs of Italian Baroque Violin concerts beautifully played by Carmignola & Venice Baroque are also available.

Ross Kennett, Amazon Customer Review

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