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Veracini: Sonatas /Holloway * ter Linden * Mortensen
Francesco Maria Veracini, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Veracini: Sonatas /Holloway * ter Linden * Mortensen
Genre: Classical
 
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Veracini, one of the most outstanding violinists of his time and a prolific, versatile composer, is best known for his violin sonatas. The four recorded here come from different collections; obviously written by - and for ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Francesco Maria Veracini, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Title: Veracini: Sonatas /Holloway * ter Linden * Mortensen
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Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 3/29/2005
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028947670551

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Veracini, one of the most outstanding violinists of his time and a prolific, versatile composer, is best known for his violin sonatas. The four recorded here come from different collections; obviously written by - and for - a virtuoso, they vary greatly in style and form. Opus 1 No. 1 is somber and dramatic, but three of its five movements are graceful dances; in the final Gigue, the violin imitates a "Posthorn." Opus 2, written 20 years later and entitled "Sonate accademiche," is more subtle and complex. No. 6 begins with a Siciliana, followed by a "Capriccio," a form Veracini favored: free, charming, surprisingly dissonant and chromatic. The minor-mode slow movement, flanked by two light, fast ones, is mournful and intensely expressive. The remaining two Sonatas are more contrapuntal. No. 1 from Veracini's last collection, "Dissertazioni" on Corelli's Sonatas Opus 5, develops Corelli's multiple-voice counterpoint and retains his "Moto perpetuo" finale. The playing is splendid. Holloway tosses off the fast passages, stratospheric flights, double and triple stops with effortless virtuosity; his articulation is crisp, his rhythm supple. Using low tuning and sparing vibrato, he produces a beautiful, warm tone, which he can change instantly to fit mood and character. His embellishments are brilliant and imaginative; his crescendos and decrescendos usually follow the ascending and descending lines, and he rather overdoes the echo effects. Jaap ter Linden makes his prominent cello parts authoritative yet supportive. --Edith Eisler

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HSIEH CHENG CHUNG | Taipei, Taiwan | 07/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had been listenned baroque music a few days, and gradually know and touch from famous composers ex Bach, Handel, vivaldi, to unknown composers. The latter music they often give me surprise and open my vision of music. For sample, violin sonatas music, these new style beginning during 1600 in italy, and developing until late baroque, we could find some outstanding composers, ex Geminiani, Locatelli and Veracini.
When I tried this CD, I don't know how to explain my feeling, it's very soft, smooth and beautiful. Sounds cheerfully to my heart, full of happiness.
Holloway, as other viewers described, I also had tried some, ex biber, schmelzer, they are all perfect, of course I should add Verachi in my satifying pool."