This is the debut solo release by versatile cellist Alison McGillivray.
Originally released in 2005, Geminiani: Sonatas for Violoncello & Basso Continuo, Op. 5 has been re issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.
McGillivray is joined by a trio of Baroque specialists: cembalist David McGuinness, continuo cellist Joseph Crouch and baroque guitarist Eligio Quinteiro.
The FT named McGillivray's eloquent Geminiani recording one of the 'Best Classical CD of 2005' for its 'scholarship and style'.
Geminiani's Op. 5 Violoncello Sonatas mark the beginning of the change from gamba to cello. They are an intriguing and delicately balanced fusion of Italianate clarity and counterpoint and French lavishness of sonority and gesture.
In the Op. 5 Cello Sonatas Geminiani succeeded in creating music that lives up to his own high expectations.
In addition the players perform some interesting and valuable bonuses taken from Geminiani's keyboard compositions.