Giuseppe Tartini: 30 Sonate Piccole for Solo Violin, Volume Three: Sonatas Nos. 13-18

Giuseppe Tartini: 30 Sonate Piccole for Solo Violin, Volume Three: Sonatas Nos. 13-18

In the last years of his life, the great composer, violinist and swordsman Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770) laboured at a cycle of sonatas for solo violin. The resulting manuscript offers the most important composition for solo violin after Bach and, at six hours in duration, the largest integrated work for the instrument. This first complete recording is based on a fresh study of the source and includes a number of works in Tartini’s shorthand, overlooked in earlier editions.

Peter Sheppard Skærved

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Catalogue No: TOCC0297
EAN/UPC: 5060113442970
Release Date: 03.07.2015
Composer: Giuseppe Tartini
Artists: Peter Sheppard Skærved

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Sonata No. 13 in B minor: I Andante
  2. Sonata No. 13 in B minor: II Allegro assai
  3. Sonata No. 13 in B minor: III Giga, allegro affetuoso
  4. Sonata No. 14 in G major: I Andante cantabile
  5. Sonata No. 14 in G major: II Allegro assai
  6. Sonata No. 14 in G major: III Allegro
  7. Sonata No. 14 in G major: IV Aria del Tasso
  8. Sonata No. 14 in G major: V Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 14 in G major: VI Allegro arpeggio
  10. Sonata No. 15 in C major: I Andante cantabile
  11. Sonata No. 15 in C major: II Allegro
  12. Sonata No. 15 in C major: III Giga
  13. Sonata No. 15 in C major: IV Menuet
  14. Sonata No. 15 in C major: V Allegro
  15. Sonata No. 16 in D major: I Andante cantabile
  16. Sonata No. 16 in D major: II Allegro assai
  17. Sonata No. 16 in D major: III Tasso
  18. Sonata No. 16 in D major: IV Furlana
  19. Sonata No. 17 in C major: I Andante cantabile amatissimo
  20. Sonata No. 17 in C major: II Allegro battute sciolte
  21. Sonata No. 17 in C major: III Allegro assai
  22. Sonata No. 17 in C major: IV Gravi (per Solfaut)
  23. Sonata No. 17 in C major: V Giga
  24. Sonata No. 18 in D major: I Andante cantabile
  25. Sonata No. 18 in D major: II Allegro assai
  26. Sonata No. 18 in D major: III Siciliana, andante
  27. Sonata No. 18 in D major: IV Menuets (1 & 2)
  28. Sonata No. 18 in D major: V Aria – Allegro assai

1 review for Giuseppe Tartini: 30 Sonate Piccole for Solo Violin, Volume Three: Sonatas Nos. 13-18

  1. :

    … One notices, as before, that he has favoured a close-up recording in the church acoustic, wanting to negate any idea of a billowing sound. Instead there’s a blood-and-guts sound quality, a grainy and sometimes abrasive immediacy that certainly reflects those preferences admirably. That sound quality also serves to make more immediate Tartini’s amazingly forward-looking writing. …
    To each of these six [sonatas] Skærved brings his practised and long immersion in Tartini’s rhetoric and musical means to bear. He has had the advantage of performing and musing on these sonatas for many years and this familiarity is audible as he works through the twists and harmonic turns embedded in the music. To the fanfares of the Sonata in B minor he brings a tart elegance. …
    Where Tartini is spare and allusive harmonically Skærved responds with appropriate reserve. If one hears curious prefiguring of Paganini, as I do in the Andante cantabile of No.15 in C major, then that’s surely a tribute to Tartini’s technical and compositional thinking; so too those sometimes bizarre uses of silence to which he is prone. The quotations from popular songs admit wider influences, as do the instrumental imitations, such as the hurdy-gurdy hints in No.17, hunting motifs, and the use of birdsong. …
    Above all he honours Tartini’s experimental harmonies, his dissonances, and his radical approach in these works. There’s something indeed almost Levantine about one of the movements from No.17 and in its nasal otherness Skærved preserves what must have been a startling sound for Tartini’s contemporary audiences. It’s still pretty startling today and for that the performer must take great credit. —Music Web International, August 2015

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