Francesco Maria Veracini: Overtures & Concerti Vol 3

Francesco Maria Veracini: Overtures & Concerti Vol 3

555 241-2 (cpo, SACD)

FIRST RELEASE (3 December 2021)

Playing time: 57'43"
Tracks: 17
Booklet pages: 28
℗ 2021 Classic Produktion Osnabrück
© 2021 Classic Produktion Osnabrück
Main country of recording: Italy
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Francesco Maria Veracini: Overtures & Concerti Vol 3 published on 24 January 2023

L'Arte dell'Arco, on period instruments
Federico Guglielmo, solo violin, concertmaster

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768):

Overture V in B flat
1 Largo, Allegro
2 Menuet
3 Gigue
4 Rigadon

Sonata VI in E minor
5 Fantasia. Largo, Allegro assai, Largo
6 Allemanda. Larghetto
7 Pastorale. Adagio
8 Giga. Allegro (Eco)

Sonata III in D minor
9 Largo
10 Allegro
11 Largo
12 Allegro

Overture IV in F
13 Largo, Allegro
14 Aire - Gavotte. Allegro
15 Appoggiato
16 Gavotte en Rondeau
17 Gigue

Fifteen years after our first CD featuring works by Francesco Veracini and two years after the release of the second such CD, cpo is now releasing the third production by L'Arte dell'Arco in this series combining a complete edition of this composer's overtures with some of his most interesting sonatas both from the collection published without an opus number in 1716 and from his Opus 1 of 1721. When Veracini's compositions are brought together in this way, the various characteristics of his writing style come into clearer focus. The festive manner of the overtures, often shifting to a more lavish style of greater folk character, yields to a chamber-musical stance in the sonatas and with it to a clearer picture of Veracini's sophistication and contrapuntal talent. The manuscripts of the six overtures are in the holdings of the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice. Veracini presumably composed them in 1716, while residing in the City of the Doges, but it is also quite possible that they enjoyed great success both in Dresden and in London.

Recorded 21-23 February 2018 at the Gabinetto di Lettura, Este, Italy.