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Geminiani - Concerti Grossi Op.3 - Biondi, Europa Galante








Geminiani - Concerti Grossi Op.3 - Biondi, Europa Galante
Baroque | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 306 MB
October 14, 1997 | Opus111 | RapidShare


Geminiani, whose works provide a vital link between the Italian tradition from Corelli to Tartini, was a student of Corelli in Rome and Scarlatti in Naples, and came to England in 1714 (15?) shortly after the death of Corelli, never returning to Italy. He enjoyed a fantastic success as a virtuoso in England, playing for King George with Handel as accompanist (1715). He later had immense prestige as a composer, teacher and theorist. Burney is said to have a malicious prejudice against Geminiani; in Naples Burney said Geminiani was discharged from the opera orchestra in Lucca for "frequent absences." Geminiani wrote a substantial amount of music for his treatises, including twelve compositions for The Art of Playing the Violin. Donington characterizes Geminiani as being only a "moderately good composer," but Boyden clarifies this consideration of the value of the composer’s works by stating that they are undervalued and unfortunately overshadowed by Vivaldi. Geminiani nevertheless had an illustrious reputation as a teacher, influenced a large circle of pupils and was one of the most deeply respected, influential and celebrated violin virtuoso of his time. He was also a financial success in London and Dublin, and known for his vigorous and elegant English prose style.


Francesco Geminiani


Geminiani was on good terms with leading figures such as the Earl of Essex (who is said to have rescued him from debtor's prison due to the composer's predilection for acquiring paintings). His contemporaries considered him superior as a player even to Veracini. Tartini characterized him as "the violent one" and Burney noted his "overwhelming technical audacity."

Tracks:
01 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - La Follia - Trascrizione per concerto della sonata op. 5 n. 12 - di Arcangelo Corelli (12:49)
02 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in re maggiore op. 3 n. 1 (01:42)
03 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II. Concerto grosso in re maggiore op. 3 n. 1 (03:03)
04 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - III. Concerto grosso in re maggiore op. 3 n. 1 (01:47)
05 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - IV. Concerto grosso in re maggiore op. 3 n. 1 (03:33)
06 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in sol mineur op. 3 n. 2 (01:45)
07 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II.Concerto grosso in sol mineur op. 3 n. 2 (02:11)
08 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - III. Concerto grosso in sol mineur op. 3 n. 2 (02:41)
09 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - IV. Concerto grosso in sol mineur op. 3 n. 2 (03:12)
10 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in mi mineur op. 3 n. 3 (02:28)
11 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II. Concerto grosso in mi mineur op. 3 n. 3 (01:41)
12 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - III. Concerto grosso in mi mineur op. 3 n. 3 (03:31)
13 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in ri mineur op. 3 n. 4 (05:27)
14 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II. Concerto grosso in ri mineur op. 3 n. 4 (02:12)
15 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in si bemolle maggiore op. 3 n. 5 (01:10)
16 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II. Concerto grosso in si bemolle maggiore op. 3 n. 5 (02:26)
17 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - III. Concerto grosso in si bemolle maggiore op. 3 n. 5 (02:09)
18 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - IV. Concerto grosso in si bemolle maggiore op. 3 n. 5 (01:15)
19 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - I. Concerto grosso in mi minore op. 3 n. 6 (03:59)
20 - Fabio Biondi - Geminiani - II. Concerto grosso in mi minore op. 3 n. 6 (02:09)


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