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|Torelli, Sasso, Insieme Strumentale Di Roma|
Symphonies & Concertos Opus 5
Elegant and rewarding
Brooks | Chappaqua, New York USA | 01/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Torelli's music is stately and elegant in the Northern Italian way--the musical equilivant of Andrea Palladio's Villa Barbaro. Restraint and taste are the keywords for Giuseppe Torelli's art--searchers for Vivaldi-style virtuosity will be disappointed. Born in Verona, he was a member of the Bolognese school of composition, living from 1658 to 1709 and spending the majority of his career in Northern Italy. He was also called "the father of the concerto." Yet at the same time, the sensitive and exact playing on period instruments by Sasso's ensemble also give Torelli's music a "golden glow" effect that his contemporary Corell's music also shares. Opus 5, dating from 1694, contains three sinfonias (two violins and continuo--essentially a trio sonata) and three concertos (scored in five string parts). The sinfonias have a more archaic and mannered sound, while the concertos point forward towards Albinoni. Heartily recommended for anyone who loves baroque music. Great music for the fireside on a chilly night!"